Please join Senator Martins in fighting to ban cell phone cases which are shaped like handguns.
Recent media reports noted that the “gun grip” cases can be easily purchased for as little as $10. They are shaped like pistols and revolvers, complete with triggers, and come in colors including black or silver, making them very hard to distinguish from a real gun. Sometimes the devices even come with apps that allow the user to play simulated games of Russian Roulette. The New York City Police Department (NYPD) and Nassau County Police Department recently warned about the dangers these “gun grip” cases pose to both residents and police officers.
Albany, NY— The New York State Assembly and Senate passed legislation, sponsored by Assemblyman Francisco Moya (D-Jackson Heights) and Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester), on Thursday to crack down on unregistered car dealers who use city streets as their own personal showrooms.
Albany, NY— Independent Democratic Conference Leader State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) and State Senator Diane Savino (D-Staten Island/Brooklyn) announced Tuesday that the State Senate passed two critical pieces of legislation they sponsor aimed at predatory subprime auto lending in New York.
Senator Klein’s bill (S.5485A) increases required surety bonds used car dealerships must hold as a consumer protection from $10,000 to $100,000 if the used car dealership sells more than 50 cars annually. Smaller used car dealers can take out $20,000 bonds if they sell fewer than 50 vehicles a year.
Elected Officials Continue Push for Access to Multilingual Services and Better Customer Service
NEW YORK – After urging the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Wireline Competition Bureau to revise Verizon’s Lifeline program to include multilingual notices and inform subscribers of recertification and service changes, State Senator Daniel Squadron, Assemblywoman Nily Rozic, and Council Member Margaret Chin announced that the FCC has agreed to change the recertification process, improve the program, and better serve those with limited English proficiency.
Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) has introduced legislation to better protect personal information collected by the Department of Motor Vehicles and contained in New York’s motor vehicle records. The bill (S-5668) would require the DMV to notify motorists before registration information is sold and provide individuals with a way to keep their personal information private. Exceptions would be made for instances related to motor vehicle warranties and safety recalls.
The New York State Senate today passed four bills to promote the safety and well-being of children and families. The measures would prevent felons from working in child day care programs, increase penalties for child endangerment, protect consumers by preventing unauthorized vendors from selling items like baby food, and help keep military families together by eliminating deployment as a barrier to child custody.
The State Senate Transportation Committee today approved legislation (S.4296) sponsored by Senator Betty Little that would require registered owners be notified of any manufacturer recall notices when their motor vehicles are inspected.
If the official inspection station found that the motor vehicle is the subject of a safety recall, it would notify the owner in writing on the Vehicle Inspection Report that the automobile may be repaired at an authorized manufacturer dealer at no charge to the vehicle owner.
Little said a federal database makes the information available free online, but requiring a check during an inspection would better ensure vehicle owners have the potentially lifesaving information.
Senate Standing Committee on CodesChair: Senator Michael NozzolioSenate Standing Committee on Consumer ProtectionChair: Senator Michael Vendittoand Senate Standing Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security and Military AffairsChair: Senator Thomas CrociPublic Hearing: To address New York State’s cyber security infrastructure, including the challenges, risks and protocols used to protect state information, hardware, software and systems.Place: Hamilton Hearing Room B, Legislative Office Building, 2nd Floor,Albany, New YorkTime: 10:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M.Contact: Daniel Toomey (518) 455-2559; Brendan Lovullo (518) 455-2561Media Contact: Senate Majority Press Office (518) 455-2264ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY
POST-PONED Joint – Senate Standing Committee on Codes Chair: Senator Michael Nozzolio Senate Standing Committee on Consumer Protection Chair: Senator Michael Venditto
and Senate Standing Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Chair: Senator Thomas Croci Public Hearing: Cyber Security in New York State as it Relates to Businesses and the Private Sector Place: Assembly Hearing Room, 250 Broadway, Room 1923, 19th Floor, New York, New York Time: 10:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M. Contact: Daniel Toomey (518) 455-2559; Brendan Lovullo (518) 455-2561 Media Contact: Senate Majority Press Office (518) 455-2264 ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY
State Senator Jeff Klein along with Senator Diane Savino and the Senate Banks Committee examine the sub-prime auto loan and auto title loan industry at a hearing on Wednesday to determine possible legislative and/or regulatory solutions. The Committee spoke with experts to determine how to best protect consumers from harmful business practices without impeding on financing options for low-income individuals.