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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