BROOKLYN - The start of the new year has brought new laws, both statewide and citywide.

New York is one of four states that has agreed the raise minimum wage rate levels in 2014. New York now requires employers to pay workers a minimum of $8 an hour and the amount is expected to rise again by 2015. New York also now requires legal owners of assault weapons to register the guns.

Before he left office, Mayor Michael Bloomberg signed a bill to regulate the use the electronic cigarettes. E-cigarettes have also been banned in public places such as restaurants, bars, parks, beaches and places of employment.

Another new law could lead to a possible ban of Styrofoam from city restaurants, food trucks and retail stores beginning in July 2015.