In New York, dating only becomes and issue when it involves the sexual activity of a person under the age of New York's statutory rape laws apply to any person under the age of 18 regardless of gender or the type of sexual act that occurred. Statutory rape is a criminal offense in New York defined as any sexual activity between someone over the age of 18 with someone under the age of 18, with a few exceptions. In New York, sex between someone over the age of 21 and someone under the age of 17 is considered third-degree rape.
The New York Age of Consent is 17 years old. In the United States, the age of consent is the minimum age at which an individual is considered legally old enough to consent to participation in sexual activity. Individuals aged 16 or younger in New York are not legally able to consent to sexual activity, and such activity may result in prosecution for statutory rape. New York statutory rape law is violated when a person has consensual sexual intercourse with an individual under age under age 17, who they are not married to.
You can be any age to date in New York state but if you have a partner that is 18 or older and you are under 17, you can not legally have consensual sex with them. If sex does occur in that situation, the 18 or older person can be charged with statutory rape no matter what. Yes, New York does have laws in place about adults dating minors.