Legal News in New York: Minimum Wages Increase; Abelow Finds New Source for Community Project

New York Governor Cuomo signed a law creating a two-tier minimum wage increase, setting minimum wage at $15 per hour for New York City and its environs and $12.50 per hour minimum for less-costly areas. Cuomo believes this change will help the middle class and working families, more than doubling the federal minimum wage, which has remained at $7.25 an hour since 2009. The minimum wage is New York is currently $9 per hour. The change will occur by the end of 2015 for most businesses in New York City, by 2021 in commuter counties of Nassau, Suffolk and Westchester, and $12.50 for the rest of the state by the end of 2020. After 2020, any raise in the minimum will be indexed to inflation and wage growth. A built in “safety valve” has state budget officials looking at the effects of the wage increases on regional economies and determining whether they should continue or be suspended. Read more at

As part of a community project, Abelow launched a Go Fund Me campaign with a goal of $5000 to benefit homeless animals, who are particularly at risk due to record cold temperatures this winter. Campaign funds are earmarked to pay for medical care, vaccines, blankets and food the shelters’s budget cannot cover. Any residual funds will be donated to the New York City animal shelters.

Ross Abelow is a New York City attorney who specializes in matrimonial, commercial, family, and litigation law. He is a graduate of New York University and the Brooklyn College of Law, registered to practice law in the state of New York, and has been licensed to practice for over 20 years. Ross Abelow also works in entertainment and divorce law.  Divorce law requires a light touch, and the attorney involved much often be a counselor, helping the divorcing parties come to an agreement. Abelow uses his 20 years experience as an attorney to help resolve conflicts and help both sides receive what they deserve.

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