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Tonawanda raises pay of city's seasonal workers to state minimum wage

Seasonal workers in the City of Tonawanda will see their hourly pay boosted to the state's minimum wage.

The Tonawanda Common Council on Tuesday approved a resolution raising the workers' pay from $9.70 per hour to $10.40 per hour.

Council President Jenna Koch, the proposal's sponsor, said municipalities are not required to pay New York's minimum wage but she didn't think that was fair.

She also said the city this year hasn't received as many applications to fill seasonal positions as it has in the past, so the hope is this will help Tonawanda fill some of those vacancies.

Koch said the change affects about a dozen workers, primarily seasonal workers who haven't had a wage increase in three years.

The move will cost the city an extra $5,000 for the remainder of this year, Koch estimated.

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