BROOKLYN - Low-wage workers gathered Tuesday in Sheepshead Bay to send a message to local politicians who are opposed to raising the state's minimum wage to $15 an hour.

Workers including home health care aides and nursing assistants gathered at a town hall arranged the United Healthcare Workers Union.

Residents say they need the extra income to pay rent and purchase food, among other basic necessities.

Organizers say they encouraged the attendees to tweet at, send Facebook messages to and email state Sen. Martin Golden to let him know how important the issue is to them. They also say that critics who warn the increase will hurt the economy are wrong.

The organizers add that even if the minimum wage hike doesn't pass, they will continue their fight.

News 12 reached out to Sen. Golden's office for comment, but has not yet heard back.