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The Minimum Wage:
The new year has begun with major changes to worker rights in New York. The minimum wage in NYC, Westchester and Long Island has risen to $15 per hour. This is a big increase over the previous minimum wage in these areas.
The City is stepping up its protections for residents’ private information. The City is changing its laws to better align with state law to require that the public be notified when their personal information has been exposed due to a data breach. Under the new law, the City will be required to report the breaches to affected individuals and law enforcement agencies.
In the battle against opioids and drug overdoses, a new bill in Congress will help to keep emergency medicine and other life-saving supplies on hand in areas where they are needed most. The legislation is named after Matthew Horan, who died from an accidental fentanyl overdose in 2020.
Other New Legislation:
There are a number of other pieces of new legislation that have been passed by the City this month, including one that will help protect tenants in apartment buildings from water and security issues. The legislation, Assembly Bill A7273, will require NYCHA to notify residents in writing within 24 hours when there is a problem with their water and make sure that those contracted to test the quality of the water are properly licensed. The bill also prohibits building owners from installing keyless entry systems to their buildings without the permission of the tenant.