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Advocates are calling on New York state lawmakers to put policies in place to protect nursing home residents. 

This comes in the wake of a report by the state attorney general that there was an undercount of COVID-19 deaths in long-term care facilities.

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Activists with Metro Justice and other groups are calling on Governor Andrew Cuomo to extend the eviction moratorium until after the coronavirus pandemic is over, and to forgive their debts. It is scheduled to end on January 1st. 

Tenants rights activists warn that if the state of emergency is not renewed in the coming days, housing matters could get worse.

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Minimum wage is rising across New York state on New Year’s Eve. Activists for workers’ rights celebrate the change, while some business owners are wary.

Leading into 2020, the hourly minimum wage for workers in upstate New York will rise to $11.80. For tipped workers, it will be $7.85 an hour.

Peter Gines is the owner of Jine's Restaurant. He says tipped workers account for more than half of the employees at the Park Avenue diner.

Proponents of the Fight for $15 movement were rewarded today by a recommendation from Governor Cuomo's wage board, and fast food workers in Rochester are celebrating.

The wage board recommends that by the end of 2021, fast food companies with 30 or more establishments pay their workers $15 an hour across the state. Fast food employees and supporters gathered outside a McDonalds on Culver Avenue to cheer the decision.