ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York plans to hold public hearings on regulations governing service workers who get tips and have base pay lower than the state's hourly minimum wage. Governor Andrew Cuomo has directed labor officials to convene a Wage Board to recommend changes in light of statutory increases in the minimum pay for other workers to $8 this year, $8.75 next year and $9 in 2015.
TONAWANDA, N.Y. (AP) - Authorities have evacuated a Buffalo-area neighborhood after a construction grew ruptured a natural gas line. Police in the town of Tonawanda say the line was broken around 10 a.m. on Vulcan Street, on the Tonawanda-Buffalo border. Officials say Vulcan Street is closed to traffic as crews respond to a major natural gas leak. Businesses and other buildings have been evacuated.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - The Empire Center for Public Policy reports more than 1,800 local government employees outside of New York City have been paid more than Governor Andrew Cuomo's $179,000 salary in the past year. The report from the fiscally conservative group for the year ending March 31 shows 47 of the 50 highest-paid municipal employees working for police departments or sheriff's offices and each taking home more than $250,000.
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) - Public officials and community leaders in Rochester are marking the 50th anniversary of race riots that drew national attention to the upstate city. A special ceremony was held last night at High Falls on the Genesee River, and Mayor Lovely Warren has designated the next two days "Days of Remembrance and Re-Commitment.
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