ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Advocates for the working poor on Monday urged New York's government leaders who are poised to raise their salaries in coming weeks to also raise the minimum wage and replenish food banks for victims of Superstorm Sandy.

The interfaith clergy used their annual Thanksgiving appeal for aid for hungry New Yorkers to push for the wage initiative during a march and rally held Monday in downtown Albany. They're also seeking better funding of food pantries for superstorm victims.

The Rev. Kathy Donley urged lawmakers to help health care workers who can't afford good health care, farm hands who can't afford enough food and people who clean houses who can't afford decent housing.

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