Member Survey Finds Negatives Outweigh Positives


RYE BROOK, NY (March 22, 2016) — The Business Council of Westchester (BCW) today announced its strong opposition to Governor Cuomo’s proposed increase in the State Minimum Wage to $15 an hour and called on the members of Westchester’s State Legislative delegation to reject the increase.


The Council’s decision was reached following the results of an in-depth survey of chief executive officers and senior executives of BCW member businesses and organizations.  Nearly two thirds opposed the increase with significant numbers stating that the increase would result in reduced hiring, curtailed expansion plans and possible layoffs.


John Ravitz, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Westchester’s largest business membership organization, said that “rather than having a knee-jerk reaction to the proposed increase, we asked our members to examin