Issues: Consumer Protection

Committee Meeting: Consumer Protection Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Consumer Protection  Senator Michael Venditto, Chair  9:30 AM, Thursday, May 28, 2015  Room 945 LOB

May 28, 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
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Senate Passes Measures to Protect Children

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.

May 13, 2015
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Justice for Job Seekers Investigative Report

Results of Undercover Investigation Shows Shady and Fraudulent Practices of NYC Agencies Preying on Immigrants 

New Legislation Would Crackdown on Illicit Activity by Agencies

File: 
Full Investigative Report

May 7, 2015
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SENATOR KLEIN, ASSEMBLYMAN MOYA AND JUSTICE FOR JOB SEEKERS CAMPAIGN RELEASE INVESTIGATIVE REPORT INTO EMPLOYMENT AGENCIES

Results of Undercover Investigation Shows Shady and Fraudulent Practices of NYC Agencies Preying on Immigrants 

New Legislation Would Crackdown on Illicit Activity by Agencies

May 7, 2015
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Little: Check for safety recalls when vehicles are inspected

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.

“The annual vehicle

May 5, 2015
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Public 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

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

May 20, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Senators Klein & Savino Reveal Top Predatory Subprime Auto Lending Practices in New York

Investigative report proposes legislative remedies to tricky tactics, fraudulent practices and deceptive scams unscrupulous city car dealers are using to prey on financially vulnerable New Yorkers

File: 
Full Report

April 30, 2015
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Senators Klein & Savino Reveal Top Predatory Subprime Auto Lending Practices in New York

Investigative report proposes legislative remedies to tricky tactics, fraudulent practices and deceptive scams unscrupulous city car dealers are using to prey on financially vulnerable New Yorkers

April 30, 2015
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SENATE PASSES BILL TARGETING PROFESSIONAL SHOPLIFTERS AND OTHER ORGANIZED RETAIL CRIMINALS

Bill Would Give Law Enforcement More Authority to Curtail Costly Retail Theft

April 27, 2015
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Public Hearing: POST-PONED Cyber Security in New York State as it Relates to Businesses and the Private Sector

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

May 14, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Senator Klein Discusses the Sub-Prime Auto Loan Issue at Hearing Held By Senate Committee on Banks

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. 

April 22, 2015
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Committee Meeting: Consumer Protection Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Consumer Protection Senator Michael Venditto, Chair 9:30 AM, Wednesday, April 22, 2015 Room 945 LOB

PLEASE NOTE DATE CHANGE FOR MEETING

April 22, 9:30 AM - 9:38 AM
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Forum/Town Hall: CONSUMER PROTECTION FORUM: Do You Know Your Consumer Rights?

Please join us for a special informational forum on: KNOWING YOUR RIGHTS AS A CONSUMER

March 26, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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Senator Venditto Highlights National Consumer Protection Week

Chairman of the New York Senate Consumer Protection Committee, State Senator Michael Venditto, (R, C, I- Massapequa) kicked off the start of National Consumer Protection Week by providing New Yorkers with many important links to tools to help our consumers safeguard themselves in todays digital world.

March 2, 2015
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Committee Meeting: Consumer Protection Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Consumer Protection Senator Michael Venditto, Chair 9:30 AM, Tuesday, March 3, 2015 Room 945 LOB

March 3, 9:30 AM - 9:47 AM
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SENATE PASSES LEGISLATION TARGETING CYBER TERRORISM

Bills Focus on Enforcing Stricter Penalties and Create Cyber Security Measures To Protect New York From Future Threats

The New York State Senate today passed four bills to crack down on cyber terrorism and its rapidly expanding threat to the state’s security and finances. The legislation, sponsored by Senator Thomas Croci (R, Sayville), would enact tougher penalties for cyber-related crimes, create cyber security programs to identify potential risks and threats, and require the state to perform a comprehensive review of all its cyber security measures every five years. 

February 25, 2015
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SENATOR JEFF KLEIN, ASSEMBLYMAN MARCOS CRESPO, SOUNDVIEW HOMEOWNERS & ATTORNEY SUSAN CHANA LASK ANNOUNCE $8 MILLION FEDERAL LAWSUIT AGAINST UNSCRUPULOUS CONTRACTORS & NYC DEPARTMENT OF BUILDINGS

NYC Department of Buildings, Contractors Allegedly Duped Bronx Homeowners Into Spending Life Savings on Unsafe, Uninhabitable Homes

NEW YORK, NY – An unscrupulous contractor and the New York City Department of Buildings (DOB) swindled Bronx homeowners out of millions of dollars by constructing substandard homes and failing to provide new homeowners with valid certificates of occupancy upon closing, alleges an $8 million federal lawsuit announced today by State Senator Jeff Klein (D Bronx/Westchester), Assemblyman Marcos Crespo (D-Bronx), the Soundview Homeowners and Attorney at Law Susan Chana Lask.

February 24, 2015
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Senator Venditto Alerts Consumers to Potential Risks Following BlueCross BlueShield insurer Anthem Data Breach

Chairman of the Senate Consumer Protection Committee, State Senator Michael Venditto, (R, C, I- Massapequa), alerted consumers today of potential risks following Anthem’s data breach.

BlueCross BlueShield insurer Anthem reported that personal records of a number of their customers had been compromised during a very sophisticated external cyber attack. According to the company, the attack allowed the hackers to gain access to personally identifiable information including names, addresses, birthdates and social security numbers which could make those affected vulnerable to identity theft.

February 9, 2015
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Senator Venditto Comments on Protecting Children from Identity Theft

Recently as Consumer Protection Chairman, Senator Venditto voted on a bill that amends a law that was passed last year. This law protects children from identity thieves who steal information to establish fraudulent financial accounts. As Consumer Protection Chairman Senator Venditto will continue to sponsor more good helpful pieces of legislation, like this one that protect and give opportunity to the future generations of New Yorkers.

February 4, 2015
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