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    By: Joseph Spector

    ALBANY – New laws are set to take effect Jan. 1 in New York, including an increase in the minimum wage and offering tax-free zones for businesses that locate near college campuses.

    Other laws include letting the state start the selection of four upstate casinos and enacting some tax breaks for businesses.

    The state’s corporate tax on manufacturers will be reduced by about 10 percent, saving about 13,000 companies $30 million in 2014, Senate Republicans predicted…

    “Hannah’s Law” also takes effect Jan. 1. It amends New York’s medical insurance law to cover the cost of enteral formulas.

    Eosinophilic esophagtis is an inflammatory condition in which the esophagus becomes filled with eosinophils, a type of white blood cell. Children with the disorder can only obtain nourishment from expensive enteral formulas or feeding tubes.

    The new law will require insurers to cover the cost of the formulas. It’s named after Hannah Devane, an eight year-old girl from Yorktown, Westchester County, who suffered from the disorder. The measure was sought by Sen. Greg Ball, R-Patterson, Putnam County.

    “Hannah is the cutest and toughest little girl I know and is an outstanding, giving member of our community,” Ball said in a statement. “Thanks to this new law, we have ensured that thousands of families are never again victimized by the system, like the Devane family.” (ARTICLE)