NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — After celebrating the new year, New York residents are facing several new laws that will go into effect.

In New York, drivers will have to move over for more than just police and rescue vehicles.

“The new law will extend the same provisions and protections to tow operators, highway maintenance workers,” said superintendent Joseph D’Amico.

State police will enforce it right away.

LISTEN: WCBS 880’s Alex Silverman reports

If you put your TV or computer out on the street, the garbage collector is not allowed to touch it in 2012. You’ll have to recycle those items.

Fertilizing your lawn in the Empire State from December to April is also not allowed anymore.

“When it’s cold, that actually just washes right into the Long Island Sound and surrounding water bodies,” said Adrienne Esposito with the Citizens Campaign for the Environment.

In Connecticut, if you work for a company with fifty or more employees, paid sick leave is a must plus mandatory insurance coverage for certain medical tests.

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Comments (13)
  1. DianeD says:

    We have learned today that Congress will not extend the $230 transit benefit cap, therefore, effective January 1, 2012, the new monthly transit cap will be $125

  2. R Schorr says:

    so does this mean your dog can’t poop on your lawn during the winter?

  3. william says:

    Traffic Tow Truck operators are paid prostitues. They have no skills.

    1. Blasterific says:

      Tow truck drivers. Really!!! The ones who fly through red lights and stop signs and drive like f****** idiots. SMH

      1. Brian says:

        I totally agree as a current LEO we have rules that govern such things and to see these idiots with no formal evasive/emergency operator driving skills they should be striped of driving privileges and the company fined,

  4. Victor Beube says:

    It’s interesting that only people who break the Laws, complain about them. The ones who recycle and are courtious to other drivers and other vehicles don’t complain. If you think NY State is like Venezuala, Russia and China, you have never lived there. Try it for a while!

  5. sammy says:

    Can I still Fart?

    1. Ray says:

      Only if you move over 1 lane.

    2. spanky says:

      Don’t give then any ideas sammy, “they’ll” think about it.

  6. Tony Ng says:

    If new laws are made, some outdated, stupid, old, laws should be scrapped. NYC is becoming like a communist state… Too many dam* laws.

    1. Cos says:

      Tony: …Becoming? :o)

  7. Raymond Leslie says:

    Did bloomberg have something yo do with this?

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