Issues: Consumer Protection

Seward Continues To Push DOT For Route 80 Solution

ONEONTA, 10/20/14 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today called on the State Department of Transportation (DOT) to reconfigure and expedite its plan for road repairs and resolution of property ownership issues associated with a section of State Route 80 in Otsego County.

“While the Department of Transportation (DOT) has put work along State Route 80 on hold since I advocated on behalf of property owners in September, several issues remain unresolved,” said Senator Seward.  “In addition, homeowners and local government officials have been stonewalled when seeking tangible information on the status of the project and property ownership concerns.”

October 20, 2014


See the attached flyer and learn how to avoid becoming a victim of this scam.



October 17, 2014

Sen. Valesky to Hold Free Senior Fair on Oct. 16

Senator Valesky is hosting a Senior Information Fair at the Kallet Civic Center in Oneida on Thursday, October 16, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Experts from local businesses, nonprofits and government agencies (listed below) will provide important information on health care, in-home services, health insurance, prescription assistance, housing, avoiding scams, and local services, as well as offer giveaways. All senior citizens in Sen. Valesky’s district are invited to attend this free event.

Kinney Drugs will offer flu shots (with insurance card and co-payment), along with blood pressure checks and other health screenings. Tim Horton’s will provide refreshments.

October 1, 2014

Senator Valesky Warns Public About Rebate Tax Scammers

SYRACUSE—State Senator David J. Valesky today warned the public about reports of scammers attempting to illegally obtain personal information under the guise of confirming their eligibility for a state tax rebate.

“We are aware that scammers are targeting Central New York,” Senator Valesky said. “I urge everyone to be vigilant, to make sure their family and friends are aware of the scam, and to report any incidents to the Attorney General.”

October 1, 2014

Senator Ted O'Brien's statement on the Bank of America settlement

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Senator Ted O’Brien released the following statement on the Bank of America settlement that will bring $300 million to New York State:

“The $300 million New York will receive from the Bank of America settlement should go towards upstate property tax relief by reducing the cost burden on local school districts which have been devastated by the Gap Elimination Adjustment. We cannot afford to continue balancing school district budgets on the backs of local property tax payers, and must take action immediately to give hardworking families and small businesses the property tax relief they need.”


August 22, 2014

Senator Zeldin Announces Signing of Bill to Authorize Resident Curator Program at Parks and Historic Sites in New York

 Senator Zeldin Announces Signing of Bill to Authorize Resident Curator Program at Parks and Historic Sites in New York

 New Law Allows Private Investors to Rehabilitate Vacant and Deteriorated State Buildings

ALBANY—Senator Lee Zeldin (R, C, I—Shirley) announced today that his bill to authorize the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation to establish a Resident Curator Program has been signed into law.

August 15, 2014

Press Release: State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins Opposes United Water New Rochelle's Proposed Water Rate Increase

Yonkers, NY - Democratic Conference Leader, Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins,  has written to the New York State Public Service Commission in opposition to the proposed United Water New Rochelle rate increase in advance of a public hearing on the matter to be held tomorrow evening.

August 4, 2014

Life Saving Sunscreen Expiration Dates Pass Legislature

Senator David Carlucci (D-Rockland/Westchester) passed legislation this year in the State Senate that provides expiration dates on sunscreen sold within New York State. The bill is meant to ensure New Yorkers are not using old, outdated sunscreen that has lost its ability to fight the sun’s UV rays.

According to the American Cancer Society, sunscreen is one of the single most effective methods to prevent forms of skin cancer, as over 800,000 new skin cancer cases of highly curable cancers are diagnosed per year. With the first day of summer behind us, these labels are especially important to inform consumers that sunscreen loses its effectiveness after a certain point.

July 18, 2014

Senator Hoylman & Eyewitness News Expose Times Square Scam Artists

New York, NY—New York State Senator Brad Hoylman announced today an investigation in conjunction with ABC7 Eyewitness News into the “New York Times Square News” (TSN), a for-profit organization soliciting donations from tourists in Times Square and falsely holding itself out as a charity.The operators of TSN are the former directors of the sham not-for-profit United Homeless Organization. As part of a June 2010 judgment obtained by the Attorney General shutting down the fraudulent group, they were permanently barred from operating a not-for-profit in New York State.

July 16, 2014


STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is warning drivers and other consumers of an email phishing scam that attempts to collect unpaid tolls.

The E-ZPass Service Center does not send out email invoices for payment and instead relies on delivery by the US Postal Service.

July 9, 2014

Legislative Notebook: State Initiatives of Interest to Veterans

Here is a partial listing of bills I have supported this session to aid New York’s former servicemen and servicewomen. These initiatives will now go to Governor Cuomo for final action.

-- Legislation I co-sponsored was passed by both houses (S.7839, first introduced as S.4714)) to extend the Military Service Credit Law of 2000 to all veterans who have served in the military. Right now, public employees who served in the armed forces may purchase up to three years of pension credit only if their military service occurred during specified conflicts. This measure will expand this opportunity to public employee veterans who also served their country in peacetime.

June 26, 2014

Senate Passes Valesky-Sponsored Legislation to Protect Seniors from Scams

ALBANY - The Senate passed legislation, sponsored by Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida), that will protect senior citizens from deception by professionals who use senior-specific designations. The bill requires anyone using such a designation to disclose its source in advertisements and to prospective clients.

In an effort to bring in clients who are seniors, professionals often pursue licensure, registration or some sort of independent designation that requires specialized training in senior issues. However, it is important that seniors are aware of the source of these designations so they can be sure any claim is legitimate.

June 18, 2014

Senator Zeldin Protects Children from Identity Theft

June 17, 2014

For Immediate Release

Contact: Kara Cumoletti (518) 455-3570

Senator Zeldin Protects Children from Identity Theft

ALBANY—Senator Lee Zeldin (R, C, I—Shirley), Chair of the Senate Consumer Protection Committee, announced today that his bill aimed at protecting minor children from identity theft passed in the Senate.

The bill, S. 6682-B, will create a mechanism whereby parents or guardians can place a freeze on the credit record of a minor child in order to prevent their child from becoming a victim of identity theft.

June 17, 2014

Senate Passes Valesky-Sponsored Elder Financial Abuse Legislation

Legislation sponsored by Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) protecting seniors from financial abuse passed the Senate today.

Sen. Valesky, chair of the Senate Aging Committee, released a report on May 6 that shows financial abuse amongst New York's seniors to be more prevalent than initially thought, with much higher rates of undocumented incidents that actually exist. Data obtained by the New York State Office of Children and Family Services project a surge in the number of cases of financial abuse by the year 2030, with nearly 200,000 incidents predicted to occur.

June 12, 2014

Senator Griffo's Weekly Column #22: Combating Animal Abuse

I take abuse against animals very seriously. It’s not only deplorable to hurt an innocent pet, but it is oftentimes an indicator of additional problems within a household, whether it be manipulation, neglect, abuse, or violence toward humans.

That’s why I’ve sponsored several bills during my Senate tenure to combat animal cruelty. They haven’t all passed and become law, but their intent was laudable: Better information and investigations on animal fighting – and stiffer penalties for offenders. Also, one bill would have created tougher laws to use against people who abuse 10 or more animals at the same time.

May 29, 2014

Protecting Seniors from Elder Abuse

There a major push in Albany to protect the elderly from financial abuse. According to state officials, more than ever before, elderly residents of New York State are now the target of scams and thefts. To protect consumers, State Senators Patrick Gallivan (R-Elma) and David Valesky (D-Oneida) are pitching new legislation. The series of bills would amend state law to toughen penalties for offenders and give banks the authority to reject financial transactions that appear to exploit the elderly. "Our goal shouldn't be to just reduce elder abuse, it should be to eliminate it," says Gallivan.

May 22, 2014

Committee Meeting: Consumer Protection Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Consumer Protection Senator Lee Zeldin, Chair 1:00 PM, Monday, May 12, 2014 Room 801 LOB

May 12, 1:00 PM - 1:05 PM

Committee Meeting: Consumer Protection Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Consumer Protection Senator Lee Zeldin, Chair 1:00 PM, Monday, May 5, 2014 Room 801 LOB

May 5, 1:00 PM - 1:06 PM

Press Release: Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins And Democratic Senators Urge Against Federal Actions That Will Hike Utility Costs For Hudson Valley Consumers

Albany, NY - Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and members of the Senate Democratic Conference yesterday sent a letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) urging a reversal of the decision to create a new energy capacity zone for the Lower Hudson River Valley which will cause a dramatic increase in rates for consumers.

May 1, 2014

Senator Valesky, IDC Release Senior Affordability Report

(Albany, NY – March 2014) State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida), Chair of the Senate Aging Committee, along with his colleagues in the Independent Democratic Conference, released a report in support of the conference’s proposals making New York State more affordable for senior citizens. Each of these proposals were addressed in the Senate one-house budget resolution.

April 17, 2014
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