Siena poll finds big support for minimum wage hike, email retention

Four out of five New Yorkers surveyed by Siena College want the state to save the email of Gov. Andrew Cuomo and state employees “significantly longer” than 90 days, the period after which emails are automatically deleted under an existing policy that recently came to light.

The poll results released Monday illuminated several widely held viewpoints for Cuomo and legislative leaders to consider this week as they negotiate a budget deal and the policy changes it might include. Perhaps none was as widely held as the conviction among 85 percent of those surveyed that Albany’s all-powerful “three men in a room” ought to at least be four men and a woman, with the inclusion of minority-party leaders Andrea Stewart-Cousins of the Senate Democrats and Brian Kolb of the Assembly Republicans.

Of the 800 voters polled by phone, 72 percent supported raising New York’s $8.75 minimum wage to $10.50, if not higher, and 62 percent said they’d rather have the state meet its March 31 deadline for a new budget than enact the ethics reforms that Cuomo has proposed. Cuomo has threatened to make adoption of the budget contingent on the Legislature approving his ethics proposals.

Smaller majorities supported extracting the ethics proposals and Cuomo’s education policy changes from the budget.

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