Local supporters of raising the state minimum wage plan a rally Thursday at the Babylon LIRR station from 5  to 6 p.m.

The Long Island Federation of Labor AFL-CIO and local community groups are sponsoring the gathering. The groups want to build support for raising the minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $8.50. They contend that raising the minimum “is one of the most effective ways to stimulate the consumer spending that drives our economy.”

But the legislation has stalled in Albany and Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said Monday that a deal to raise the minimum wage was not possible this year because of Senate opposition. Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) has said a hike would hurt businesses and hiring.

A bill to raise the minimum has passed the Assembly, where Democrats hold a majority.

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