Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s bid to raise the minimum wage in New York has found a new ally: a Rockland County Girl Scout.
Hannah Buckler, 12, of New City, wrote this month to the powerful Democratic leader in a letter and on his website, Gannett’s Albany Bureau reported today. She’ll be at this morning’s news conference when Assembly Democrats say they will vote later today to pass the minimum wage hike.
A week later, Silver was on the phone with her inviting her to attend a press conference at the Capitol today — when Assembly Democrats will pass a bill to raise the minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $8.50 an hour.
“It just makes me really proud that what started out as this little project in my community just has rose so much,” Hannah said.
Hannah’s interest in the issue started when she volunteered at Soup Angels, a soup kitchen in Nyack, as she seeks the Girl Scout Silver Award, the second highest award a Girl Scout Hannah’s age can earn.
After a few days of volunteering, Hannah said she started to research other ways to help the poor. Then she read about the fight in Albany about increasing the minimum wage.
She has started a petition to support the wage hike, and she is holding a food drive to raise awareness about the issue June 23 outside the Stop & Shop supermarket in New City. She’s also creating flyers and posters to push for a minimum-wage increase.
“I hope that more people are aware in our community that there are people who don’t have enough money to buy food all the time and have to go to soup kitchens,” Hannah said. “Minimum wage can affect that.”