Governor proposes $11/hour for restaurant servers, tipped workers

A new proposal in Governor Cuomo's 2018 Agenda calls for tipped workers, which includes restaurant servers, to earn full minimum wage, or $11/hour.

Currently, tipped workers like restaurant servers make $7.50/hour before tips.

The proposal has some local restaurant managers worried about the impact such a move could bring.

"I understand where he's coming from, but on our end it's something we're not very fond of," said Michael Demkou, who manages Riki's Restaurant in Fairport.

Demkou says he wants his wait-staff to make as much money as possible, but he says having to pay his wait-staff $3.50/hour more could mean higher prices at his restaurant.

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