Also, shares list of new state laws with constituents
Sandy Galef, who represents Philipstown in the State Assembly, will hold a town meeting at the Desmond-Fish Library in Garrison from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 4. She recently shared a list with constituents of “new laws you should know about.”
Move Over law
Currently drivers are required to slow down and/or move over a lane when approaching law-enforcement vehicles parked on the shoulder. The law has been expanded to require drivers to do the same when approaching a vehicle with flashing blue or green lights operated by volunteer firefighters or ambulance workers involved in a roadside emergency.
Operating a boat while intoxicated
A judge may consider previous driving while intoxicated offenses when sentencing an individual for boating while intoxicated.
Tinted windows and car inspections
Tinted glass will be added to mandatory annual vehicle inspections. Tinting must be removed if it blocks more than 27 percent of light.
Saving for college
Taxpayers can transfer income-tax refunds directly into a college-savings account such as the New York State 529 program.
The Department of Health will design a Lyme and tick-borne disease prevention program to promote the safe use of insect repellents, best practices for tick removal and reducing exposure to ticks.
Access to EpiPens
Public venues such as restaurants, youth groups, sports leagues, theme parks, sport arenas, day care facilities and schools are allowed to stock and administer epinephrine auto-injectors (EpiPens) in an emergency to individuals who appear to experience anaphylactic symptoms brought on by an allergic reaction.
Feminine hygiene tax repeal
Feminine hygiene products such as tampons are now exempt from local and state sales taxes.