New NYS Laws Taking Effect in 2023

(We’re introducing a new feature of the Beacon Bulletin- the Beacon Blast- brief, to the point and informational, with appropriate links. Beginning today.)

Minimum wage increase

Minimum wage in upstate New York is set to go into effect on December 31, 2022. Workers outside of New York City, Long Island, and Westchester County will see the minimum wage go from $13.20 to $14.20.

NYS Paid Family Leave

Effective January 1, this law adds siblings to the definition of family member for paid family leave.

Electric Vehicle Rights Act

Effective January 21, the Electric Vehicle Rights Act prohibits homeowners’ associations from preventing homeowners from installing EV charging stations on their properties.

Pedestrian and bicyclist safety

Effective January 11, this law requires new drivers to learn about pedestrian and bicyclist safety awareness as part of their pre-licensing course.

Polling places

This law allows registered voters to cast their ballot at the wrong polling place as long as they are in the correct county and State Assembly district. It goes into effect January 1.

I hope and trust this new feature, the Beacon Blast, has been useful to our readers. Look for more Blasts coming your way this year, with up-to-date information and no editorialization (well, maybe just a few extra words when called for…).

BNI Operatives; situationally aware.

As always, be safe.

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