100 Clergy Members Join Governor Cuomo With The Mario Cuomo Campaign For Economic Justice

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced to the congregation at the Mount Neboh Baptist Church that 96 notable clergy members from across that state will join the Mario Cuomo Campaign for Economic Justice. The statewide campaign initiative is aimed at building support for minimum wage workers to earn $15 dollars per hour in New York State.

Governor Andrew Cuomo spoke to the congregation at the Mount Neboh Baptist Church today about the importance of earning a decent salary to take care of a family in New York City.  Raising the minimum wage in 2018 to $15 dollars an hour has been supported by today's clergy members in an effort to grow the Mario Cuomo campaign to support Governor Cuomo.  

Governor Cuomo stated, "By raising the minimum wage, we're asking for fairness, equity and justice to ensure a decent living for all New Yorkers."  "We are going to get this done and then say to the rest of the nation - look at the Empire State for what is fair, for what is just, and for what it takes to make the strongest community."


Further information on the Governor’s proposal for a $15 statewide, all-industry minimum wage is available here. In addition to today’s clergy members, 30 prominent civil rights groups and leaders have also joined the campaign.  

The 96 clergy members joining the campaign today include:

  • Pastor Reverend Floyd H. Flake, D. Min., The Greater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral of New York
  • Pastor Wilbert Dorilus, All Saints Church of God Westbury
  • Reverend Lorraine Madry, Franklin Outreach Ministries the Church Without Walls
  • Reverend Antoine Asse, Church of God of NYC
  • Pastor Pierre Windsor Joseph, Eglise de Dieu de Baisley
  • Pastor Basil McPherson, Bushwick Family Ministires Church Church of God of Prophecy
  • Reverend Jean Romulus, Horeb Christian Alliance
  • Reverend Leonard Comithier, Jr., Macedonia Baptist Church 
  • Elder McKinley Johnson, St. Johns COGIC (Note: Johnson is also President of The Albany African American Clergy United For Empowerment)
  • Executive Director Mark Cass, Alliance of Communities Transforming Syracuse (ACTS)
  • Pastor George Dailey, Prayer House Church of God By Faith
  • Reverend Fannie Etheridge-Reeves, Power House Church of God in Christ
  • Elder Willie Lightfoot, Prayer House Church of God By Faith
  • Reverend Carl McCray, Church of Faith
  • Imam Al-Hajj Talib 'Abdur-Rashid of The Mosque of Islamic Brotherhood
  • Rabbi Joseph Potasnik, Executive Vice President of the New York Board of Rabbis
  • Pastor Robert Miller, Aenon Missionary Baptist Church
  • Reverend Alan Newton, American Baptist Churches of the Rochester Genesee Region
  • Rev Leon Durpee, Lily of the Valley Church of God in Christ
  • Reverend Lewis Stewart, United Christian Leadership Ministry 
  • Pastor Troy DeCohen, Mt. Vernon Heights Congregational Church
  • Reverend Lamont S. Granby, First Baptist Church of Bronxville
  • Reverend Darren Morton, Macedonia Baptist Church 
  • Reverend Lamont Granby, First Baptist Church 
  • Reverend James Hassell, Beulah Baptist Church 
  • Reverend Dr. Allen Paul Weaver, Bethesda Baptist Church of New Rochelle
  • Reverend Ed Mulraine, Unity Baptist Tabernacle
  • Reverend Kirk Lyons, St. James United Methodist
  • Reverend/Senior Pastor Charles Coverdale, First Baptist Church in Riverhead
  • Reverend Roderick Pears, St. Mark Remnant Ministries Inc., located in Central Islip
  • Reverend Nebraski Carter, Pastor of Living Church of God in Christ
  • Pastor Vernon Shelton, Holy Trinity Baptist Church in Amityville
  • Father John Jeffreys Purcha, St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Yaphank
  • Bishop Frank White, Zion Cathedral 
  • Bishop Lionel Harvey, First Baptist Cathedral of Westbury
  • Reverend Frantz Metellus, Gateway Christian Center
  • Reverend Emmanuel Asse, Christian Gateway Church
  • Pastor Eliezer Reyes, Church of God Hempstead
  • Pastor Carlos Sorto, Centro Cristiano Renacer
  • Pastor David Yussif, Casa del Alfarero Church
  • Reverend W. Franklyn Richardson, Grace Baptist Church 
  • Reverand Maria Scates, Johnson Park Center
  • Reverand Michael Catanzaro, The First Presbyterian Church- Canton
  • Father Steve Murray, Holy Family Church 
  • Reverend James Barnwell, Clergy United for Community Empowerment
  • Pastor John Boyd, New Greater Bethel Ministries
  • Reverend Dr. Les Mullings, Church of the Nazarene
  • Bishop Charles Norris Sr., Bethesda Missionary Baptist Church of Jamaica
  • Reverend Patrick Young, First Baptist Church of East Elmhurst
  • Reverend Glibert Pickett, Mt Horeb Baptist Church,Corona,also Moderator, Eastern Baptist Association 
  • Reverend Maggie Howard, Stapleton UAME Church
  • Pastor Jose Quinones, Spanish Missionary Baptist Church
  • Reverend. Dr. Raymond Rivera, President and Founder, Latino Pastoral Action Center, Inc. 
  • Reverend Angelo Rosario, Bronx Clergy Taskforce 
  • Pastor Peggy Smalls, Change A Life Ministries 
  • Reverend Al Sutton, Friendly Baptist Church 
  • Reverend Herbert Daughtry, House of the Lord Church 
  • Bishop Orlando Findlayter, New Hope Christian Fellowship 
  • Pastor Gil Monrose, Mt Zion Church of God (7th Day) 
  • Reverend Robert Waterman, Antioch Baptist Church
  • Reverend Johnny Green, Mt Nebo Baptist Church 
  • Reverend Lisa Jennkins, Saint Matthews Baptist Church 
  • Reverend Victor Brown, Mt. Sinai Church
  • Reverend Terri Troia, Project Hospitality
  • Pastor Reverend Ron Wenzinger, Sara Jane Memorial United Methodist Church
  • Reverend Dr. Anthony Evans, New York State Police Juvenile Officers Association, Chaplain
  • Reverend Rick Huber, United Christian Advocacy
  • Reverend Gerard LeFeber, Olean area Lutheran churches (retired pastor)
  • Reverend Timothy Miller, Gerry United Methodist Church
  • Reverend Frank Torrain, Open Door #3 Church of God in Christ
  • Reverend Maria Jones, Emmanuel Baptist Church of Jamestown
  • Pastor Adam Rohler, First Covenant Church
  • Reverend Mark Blue, Second Baptist Church
  • Reverend Will Mebane, Jr., St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral
  • Pastor George Nicholas, Lincoln United Methodist Church
  • Reverend Darius Pridgen, True Bethel Baptist Church
  • Reverend Thomas Yorty, Westminster Presbyterian Church
  • Reverend Dr. William Wilkinson, Trinity Emmanuel Presbyterian Church 
  • Bishop Derrick Owens, Christian Science Church 
  • Reverend Julius Walls, Greater Centennial A.M.E. Zion Church of Mt. Vernon
  • Reverend Ron Tuncali, Hudson Valley Christian Church
  • Reverend David Mason, Union Presbyterian Church of Newburgh
  • Reverend Robert Bolton, One Accord Christian Church
  • Reverend David Hondorp, Reformed Dutch Church of Poughkeepsie
  • Reverend Leroy Nole, Second Baptist Church of Middletown
  • Reverend Victor Dyman, Middletown Seventh-day Adventist Church
  • Reverend Dr. John Stevens, Fountain of Life Church of God
  • Reverend John Warfel, Grace Episcopal Church of Middletown 
  • Executive Director Slavik Joseph, Catholic Charities--Diocese of Syracuse
  • Reverend Frank Damis, St. Joseph's Parish of Kingston
  • Reverend Erica Baron, The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Catskills
  • Reverend Renee House, First Reformed Protestant Dutch Church of Kingston
  • Associate Rabbi Uri Tzedek, Hebrew Institute of Riverdale
  • Reverend Demetrius Carolina, Central Family Life Center
  • President Mendy Mirocznik, Council of Jewish Organizations
  • Reverend Tony Baker, St. Phillips Baptist Church

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