The new year means new laws for New Yorkers.
The Fight for 15 flooded the streets of New York in last year with fast-food workers leading the way, backed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. They demanded a base pay of $15/hour.
"I've been working very hard to raise the minimum wage again this year," Cuomo said earlier in the year. "I've been joined by my colleagues in the State Assembly and I want to thank them for their support."
While they won't see that type of pay for a few more years, 200,000 fast food employees will benefit from a bump to $10.50 an hour in New York City. Across the state, minimum wage for all workers will raise from $8.75 to $9 an hour.
Also in 2015, the battle over breastfeeding went to the steps of Brooklyn Borough Hall.
"The natural act of breastfeeding should not receive an unnatural glance by onlookers," Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams said.
In the new year, women will have some new rights in the workplace. Mothers will now be allowed to take breaks to pump breast milk for up to three years after childbirth and unequal pay based on gender is now against the law.
As for healthcare, 2015 saw the rise in mobile visits to healthcare providers thanks to apps and online programs.
"I've seen a lot of people from their offices," said Rebecca Callahan, a nurse practitioner who sees patients through the app Maven. "I've seen a lot of college students from their dorm rooms. It just makes them much more comfortable and establishes a trusting relationship."
In 2016, the laws will catch up. Medicaid will now cover some telehealth services and private insurances will be required to cover digital services they would otherwise pay for if the visit was in person.
In Albany, gun owners will have to use trigger locks or purchase secure containers in which to store their firearms. Not doing so could result in a one-year jail sentence.AlertMe