The minimum wage in Erie, Niagara and other upstate counties increased to $10.40 per hour Sunday.
The minimum wage is scheduled to increase each Dec. 31 until it reaches $15 per hour as part of an effort pushed by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo.
His administration estimated that more than 2.3 million workers will be helped by the increase in the wage, which had been $9.70 per hour.
A new middle-class tax cut also begins phasing in Monday, benefitting some 255,000 Western New Yorkers with an average tax cut this year of $230, the administration said, with savings climbing to $651 when it is fully implemented in 2025.
Along with a new policy implementing paid family leave that begins Monday, Cuomo said the initiatives "continue to protect the wallets of middle class New Yorkers."