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Judge Ends Bloomberg-Council Prevailing Wage Dispute

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A Manhattan judge ends a legal challenge that has caused tension between former Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the city for years.

The so-called "prevailing wage" law guarantees pay topping at $20 an hour for building services workers at facilities that get major subsidies or rent from the city.

Bloomberg vetoed the measure during his time in office, then sued the City Council when they overturned his veto.

A judge turned it down last year, saying New York's minimum wage law trumped it. Again, the City Council disagreed, and appealed.

Now, the legal dispute ends. The judge's approval paves the way for the law's implementation.

A city lawyer says with this approval, the de Blasio adminstration can now "advance its goal of expanding the number of jobs that pay a living wage." ClientIP: UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP