Assemblyman Perry: A New Year Brings New Laws

With each New Year, we look forward to changes and improvements in our communities. Many of these changes will come with new laws that went into effect in our state on Jan. 1. Today, I’d like to highlight some of the laws that will benefit D-Kings County – 58th AD families by growing our economy and keeping our community healthy and safe.

Nationwide, nearly 53 percent of all minimum-wage earners are full-time workers, and 55 percent of minimum-wage earners are women.1 One of the most important new state laws increases the minimum wage from $8.00 to $8.75 per hour. An increased minimum wage helps give hardworking families struggling to make ends meet a boost they’ve long deserved. While this is a step in the right direction, more can be done. That’s why I’m working to further increase the minimum wage and index it to inflation.

In addition, I supported a new law to ensure hardworking families have access to adequate childcare so they can afford to work. The law requires local social services districts to notify affected families 30 days prior to a reduction in the financial eligibility level or an increase in parental copay amounts – up from just 10 days. Now, parents who receive childcare assistance will have time to explore other options should there be a change in their eligibility or an increase in childcare costs.

Lowering taxes is crucial for our families, and it’s something I’m continuously working on. Beginning this year, Medicaid mandate relief goes into effect, which freezes county costs for the Medicaid program at their current rate. This significant mandate relief saves localities $370 million this year and $552 million next year, helping to lower the tax burden.

Along with that, I’m working to make New York more business friendly and create jobs. I supported new laws that provide tax credits for businesses that hire veterans and for those that employ developmentally disabled individuals. These tax cuts will help improve the local economy and help ensure more people have the opportunity to work. This year, I’ll continue fighting to pass legislation that contributes to a strong, sustainable economy so our community and our families can continue to thrive.

As of Jan. 1, the final leg of New York’s e-recycling law went into effect – an important step in protecting the environment. E-waste can be harmful to both our environment and our health, so it’s important that it gets disposed of properly. It’s now easier to recycle laptops, videogame consoles and flat-screen TVs through local e-recycling programs. Visit www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/66872.html for more information on electronics recycling in New York, contact King’s county waste removal for details on e-recycling in our community.

Finally, with today’s ever-changing technology comes new issues, and keeping our kids protected can be a difficult task. Under a new law that aims to protect children early on from fraud and identity theft, parents are able to place a credit record freeze on children under the age of 16 so someone can’t steal their identities to enrich themselves.

These new laws are important steps forward for our state. They will help our families and help improve our economy. As always, if you have any questions about these laws or any other community issue, please don’t hesitate to contact me at perryn@assembly.state.ny.us or 518-455-4166.

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1 dol.gov/minwage/mythbuster.htm