Speaker Silver: Raising the Minimum Wage

Thursday, February 09, 2012

Sheldon Silver, NYS Assembly Speaker (D-64th), discusses his bill to raise the minimum wage and the issue of churches in schools.


Sheldon Silver

Comments [22]

David Nieves from Manhattan

I am happy to see that Sheldon Silver is on this case. I would liked to have seen him enforce fairness regarding the SPURA site on the lower east side. Between Delancey and Grand St. Here existed an unequal distribution of power regarding community board #3. There was a no community output with this site. It was only after that this imbalance was recognized. Had it not been for some within the community this situation would have not been noticed. It would have stood so. A 45 year old warehousing of land.

Feb. 11 2012 03:56 PM

The average 300 sq. ft. studio rents for $1600/mth. Even with a roommate, HOW IS $8.50/hr A LIVING WAGE??? That's $1360/mth!!!

Feb. 10 2012 08:46 AM
tom LI

Amy - think it thru...Saturdays often see schools busy with both athletic, and regular educational "business" being attended to...not very often, if at all on Sundays. Also its die to the Union contracts as to who will be there IF the school is to be opened and functioning on a regular Off day.

Feb. 09 2012 06:06 PM

Sheldon, Schumer, Rangel -

These institutioalized circus clowns all need to GO!!!

Feb. 09 2012 11:05 AM
John A.

To the David point:
BTW, I attented a 90 minute lecture on evolution in my church. It was on a Tuesday night about three years ago. The speaker was an expert witness for the plaintiff at "Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District". Churches do not disable free thought. Or perhaps do not always ...

Feb. 09 2012 10:41 AM

Mr. Silver!!!

With all due respect:


Feb. 09 2012 10:35 AM


Chuzzlewhiz, you'd hate to muddle your already narrow brain with ACTUAL FACTS!

Feb. 09 2012 10:32 AM

$8.50??? Living wage??? Who the HELL can live, anywhere in the NYC area on $1000 net a month???

What's the poverty line???

This is a joke!!!

Feb. 09 2012 10:28 AM
Sheldon from Brooklyn

Sheldon Silver is a Tyrant - if he isn't a case for term limits, I don't know what is.

Feb. 09 2012 10:25 AM
David from Manhaattan

Church in public schools. Does this ruling mean we can also teach Evolution and the use of contraception inside the Churches? Would that be OK with the Church? Maybe as an Wednesday after school program?

Or is this only a one way street?

david in Manhattan

Feb. 09 2012 10:23 AM
Xtina from E. Village

Sheldon Silver sounds like he's half dead. Is he like 140 years old? How can he possibly do any meaningful work?

Feb. 09 2012 10:18 AM
Zara from New York

Shelly, If increasing the minimum wage is so beneficial, why don't we just increase it to $100 per hour??

Feb. 09 2012 10:18 AM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan

“NATIONAL RECOVERY LEAVES NEW YORK BEHIND” … the title of an op-ed today in NEWSDAY by E.J. McMahon of the Manhattan Institute.

“The national economic recovery may finally be picking up steam. But even if the national jobs data keep improving, New York State has a rougher road ahead. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's proposed budget forecasts that New York State will gain jobs at barely half the national rate from 2012 through 2015.”
So Sheldon Silver now wants to make recovery even MORE difficult with his “living wage” mentality and his political obligations to his union bankrollers .

Feb. 09 2012 10:17 AM
Amy from Manhattan

Why would space in school for services be any less available on Saturdays than on Sundays? (Not that I support holding of religious services in schools in the 1st place.)

Feb. 09 2012 10:16 AM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan


Feb. 09 2012 10:15 AM
Truth & Beauty from Brooklyn

I live in Brooklyn and work full time for $15.00 an hour and I'm poor. How do you think people can exist on $8.50 an hour?

Feb. 09 2012 10:15 AM

You raise the minimum wage you get more layoffs...more unemployment...and more cost inflation. It happens everytime. Let the market establish a minimum wage...well meaning but 100% wrong. Comb youtube for Tom Woods or Peter Schiff talking about htis.

Feb. 09 2012 10:15 AM

Why isn't the minimum wage indexed to inflation, so that we don't have to keep coming back to this issue?

Feb. 09 2012 10:15 AM
bernie from bklyn

i'm a satanist. can i use the basement of my local P.S. for my weekly Satanic Mass Meeting? wonder if the 1st amendment works for me too?

Feb. 09 2012 10:09 AM
Xtina from E. Village

Please ask Silver to explain why someone who makes over $100,000 for working 260 HOURS, (44 days per year) 'deserves' to get even more. The state legislature should take a 50% pay cut.

Feb. 09 2012 10:06 AM
Robert from NYC

Sheldon Silver has been in office too long, it's time for him to move on. He's made his millions like most politicians do today now he can bow out and move on. He's become a hindrance to progress as they all do these days. Let's get some young blood into politics these tired old bags are just blowing air.

Feb. 09 2012 09:29 AM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan


This line-up is just too ironic !!!

The first segment is Shelly Silver peddling another job creation killer (and making New York even less competitive) with his own minimum wage law that will inordinately hit small businesses.
The second segment is a flack for the Obama administration hyping their “plans” to help small businesses in urban areas. (Here’s an idea.... help make NY a “right to work” state and bring reality to the unions.)

LOL! You are such a mischievous rascal to juxtapose these segments for a little levity on a dreary winter morning!!

By the way, ask Silver if some of the “studies” he will cite in his defense (that purport to show that raising the MW doesn’t decrease hiring) were,in truth, union funded. They were.

Feb. 09 2012 06:53 AM

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