Fast food workers walked off the job and into the streets Thursday as part of a worldwide protest for better wages.
Organizers said there were strikes in at least 150 U.S. cities and protests in more than 30 countries.
Outside a Mcdonald's in Midtown workers called for wages of $15 an hour and the ability to unionize without retaliation.
Elected officials joined the rally, many of whom are pushing for a state law that would allow municipalities to set their own minimum wages above the state level.
"We are appealing to legislative leaders and our colleagues that this bill be passed so it can benefit three million-plus low wage workers in our state who are fighting every day for basic needs," said State Assemblyman Karim Camara of Brooklyn.
"Eight dollars an hour is not enough and we are her to demand that the corporations should pay more attention to increase the rates," said State Assemblyman Felix Ortiz of Brooklyn.
"Reaping rewards from the backs of my neighbors and the constituents that I represent is completely unfair so all we're asking for is a little fairness," said State Assemblyman Victor Pichardo of the Bronx.
The Raise Up NY legislation was introduced into both the state Senate and Assembly earlier this year.