Christine Quinn vowed Saturday that City Council will pass a resolution this week urging the state Legislature to raise the minimum wage.
Quinn, the Council speaker, stood with several union leaders [and members of Make the Road New York] and mayoral rivals in support of the Rev. Al Sharpton’s call for the wage to be hiked from $7.25 to $9 per hour. She also said the Council would demand the wage increase with inflation.
“It is time to make this change,” said Quinn, who initially received a lukewarm reaction from the crowd at Sharpton’s National Action Network’s Harlem headquarters. She later departed to loud cheers.
Public Advocate Bill de Blasio struck a populist tone during his appeal — chiding Quinn for passing a “weak” Living Wage bill and for not bringing Paid Sick Days legislation for a vote.
“Thousands of people in this city are being left behind as a course of law,” he said. “How is this happening in what is supposed to be the most progressive state in the nation?”
The Democratic mayoral candidates have all embraced a higher minimum wage, likely in part to woo working- and lower-class voters. Controller John Liu, who also plans to run for mayor, has said it should reach $11, while Quinn, de Blasio and former Controller Bill Thompson all support $9.