Minimum wage increases to $12.50 an hour

Residents are celebrating the New Year and the state's minimum wage officially being raised to $12.50 an hour.
In Westchester, workers saw a one-dollar boost to $14 an hour.
Business groups had initially called on the state to delay the hike, saying that the pandemic has severely affected businesses. But state officials say workers are also hurting and need the extra boost.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo enacted the gradual increase to $15 dollars an hour in 2016.
Minimum wage in Westchester will reach that $15-mark next December 31st.