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How Can Laws Differ Within New York State?

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Laws are created through legislation. There are federal laws passed by federal legislation, state laws passed by state legislation, and local laws passed by local legislation. In NYS, depending on where you live, the laws can differ greatly from other areas of the state. Learning about how the laws vary can help to ensure that you are always in compliance.

It is Not Just New York State

This trend of different laws for different areas of the state is not exclusive to NYS. For example, in Pennsylvania, under state law, you can possess cannabis, but not in Chester County. In Chester County, PA, marijuana possession is not permitted.

NYS recently decriminalized the possession of cannabis but possession of, use of, and growing marijuana is still considered a federal crime. Each state has caveats that vary from state to state when it comes to cannabis laws. In many states, cannabis may be legalized, but the metro areas may have tighter laws than other areas of the state. It is important to know how the laws differ for cannabis, driving, building, and more. What is allowed in one area may not be allowed in another because of local legislation.

Recycling Laws In NYS

Recycling laws in NYS often vary from region to region, and sometimes even from county to county. Lithium batteries are about two times as energy-dense as other types of batteries like VRLA batteries. They are often found in a wide range of electronics because they are a powerful energy source. Most counties in NYS have very specific laws for disposing of these batteries.

The entire state of New York takes recycling seriously. However, the rules of “business recycling”, including how to dispose of electronics and batteries, is much more stringent and regulated in the five boroughs of New York City than they are in one of the rural counties of NYS, like Schoharie County.

In NYC the recycling laws are strictly enforced with very high fines when not followed. Legislation in NYC has to address the unique conditions of this urban area and laws are formulated with the dense population in mind.

Gun Laws In NYS

Gun laws in New York City are a lot stricter than gun laws in the rest of the state. Even if you are a licensed handgun owner in Albany, Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, or another city in the state, you may not be able to carry your handgun into any of the five boroughs of New York City.

The laws in NYC forbid anyone to carry a long gun into the city that is loaded. The strict gun laws in NYC are upheld and taken very seriously. Much of NYS is still very rural, where hunting is often a favorite pastime and the laws are much more flexible.

Data Privacy Laws and Protection Laws In NYS

Cloud IT is expected to reach $99.9 billion by 2023, and with that rapid growth, you can expect to see new legislation with an eye on data protection. Again, you can probably guess where the most stringent data protection laws are in the state. If you guessed NYC, you guessed right.

Because of the high corporate presence, data protection laws are enforced to the letter of the law in NYC. Albany, the state’s capital, also has some data protection laws that are taken very seriously. Other areas of the state simply follow federal guidelines but rarely vigorously pursue cases of data breaches.

Traffic Laws In New York State

Another good example of how the laws can differ in New York State is the traffic laws. Driving from Nassau County on Long Island into Queens County in New York City ( the very next county) means you will have to adjust your driving a bit.

Right on red laws (turning right at a red light once traffic allows) is legal in Nassau County, but illegal in Queens County. Laws can vary widely across the state, get familiar with local laws to better protect yourself.