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New laws taking effect in 2021

These are some of the following laws taking effect in 2021.

Posted: Jan 2, 2021 6:32 PM
Updated: Jan 2, 2021 6:32 PM

These are some of the following laws taking effect in 2021.

Minimum Wage

Workers in New York will be getting a little more money in their paycheck in the new year. The state will be increasing the minimum wage from $11.80 an hour to $12.50 an hour. Workers in the fast-food industry will see an increase from $13.75 an hour to $14.50 an hour.

Paid time off

Workers who are eligible will now have access to up to 12 weeks of job-protected paid time off. This is for people looking to bond with a newborn child, to either recover from or assist a loved one who is ill (COVID), or assist a loved one who's family member is deployed overseas.

Thruway tolls

Drivers who use the Thruway without an EZ-Pass will see toll prices increase. The Thruway Authority's Board of Directors unanimously approved the changes. 

This comes as the Thruway switched over to cashless tolling. 

Those who do not have an easy pass will see a 30% increase in toll costs, plus a $2 bill fee. Bills will be mailed to the vehicle owner. Out of state customers will pay an additional 15% on tolls.

Elections

The state is also amending some election laws. A recount in elections statewide will be automatically done when the margin of victory for a candidate 0.2% of all votes cast. Recounts for all other elections will be done if the margin of victory is 0.5% of all votes cast. The state says recounts would be done manually.

Boating laws

Brianna's Law goes into effect this year. The law required all boaters born on or after 1988 to take a boater safety course. The law was named after Brianna Lieneck, an 11-year old girl who was killed in a boating accident in Long Island's Great South Bay in 2005.

New York Coronavirus Cases

County data is updated nightly.

Cases: 2059485

Reported Deaths: 52483
CountyCasesDeaths
Kings27411410192
Queens2714419760
Suffolk1978663354
Nassau1809923153
Bronx1795276486
New York1355594402
Westchester1280662260
Erie868971760
Richmond731951781
Monroe645691055
Orange47390810
Rockland46388952
Onondaga37416668
Dutchess28816442
Albany24212348
Oneida21950502
Niagara19270344
Broome18057354
Saratoga14863164
Ulster13576250
Schenectady12778195
Rensselaer10957139
Putnam1045691
Chautauqua8670139
Chemung7408134
Oswego726790
Ontario718692
Steuben6580143
Sullivan642571
St. Lawrence638596
Cayuga608592
Jefferson570766
Wayne549467
Cattaraugus543385
Genesee5248121
Herkimer5023107
Clinton472033
Madison440088
Fulton423390
Livingston423058
Tompkins416050
Montgomery4106121
Columbia3913100
Cortland365260
Tioga360161
Warren349757
Wyoming342151
Otsego333447
Allegany332984
Chenango332276
Greene327175
Washington299455
Orleans296783
Lewis256934
Franklin249612
Delaware227637
Seneca194556
Schoharie161616
Essex154626
Yates114426
Schuyler102214
Hamilton3032
Unassigned15277
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