Issues: Consumer Protection

‘TIS THE SEASON FOR TOXIC TOYS: STATE SENATOR KLEIN INVESTIGATES HARMFUL HOLIDAY GIFTS

Twenty popular holiday presents contain hazardous chemicals like antimony, cobalt, lead and cadmium

BRONX, NY — Just in time for the holidays, State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) unveiled an alarming investigative report, “Toxic Tidings: Chemicals of Concern in Children’s Products,” warning families of toxins discovered in nearly two dozen children’s toys and products sold in stores across New York City.

December 18, 2014
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Chanukah is the celebration of Miracles!

"Chanukah is the celebration of miracles, a reminder that all things are possible," Senator Parker said.  "As you celebrate the spirit of Chanukah with friends and family, I wish you health, happiness and good fortune." The holiday celebrates a legendary victory of the Maccabees, a band of Jews, over a Greek army that occupied the Holy Land.  After the battle, the victorious Maccabees found only a one day supply of oil in the temple to light the lamps.  But the oil burned miraculously for eight days, the story says.

December 17, 2014
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Senator Carlucci Issues Consumer Alert for Artificial Christmas Trees

With Christmas right around the corner Senator Carlucci teamed up with Curti Landscaping to promote the purchase of real Christmas trees and issue a consumer alert about toxic artificial trees and decorations this holiday season.

The Senator stressed that it is important that the public is aware and equipped with the right tools to protect their families this holiday season.

December 17, 2014
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Senator Ken LaValle: NY making additional efforts to protect consumers from fraudulent and abusive debt collectors

 

December 5, 2014 -Senator Ken LaValle announced that New York State will begin implementing new regulations to protect consumers. During this year alone, more than 20,000 complaints on debt collection providers were made across the state. The complaints ranged from complaints of harassment, aggressive phone calls to collect a debt, attempts to collect an incorrect amount and calls contacting the incorrect person.

Senator LaValle said, “We need to better protect responsible borrowers and stop unscrupulous debt collectors.  The new rules and regulations will provide the necessary tools to help stop illegitimate debt collection practices.”  

December 5, 2014
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Valesky-Sponsored Legislation to Protect Seniors from Scams Signed into Law

SYRACUSE  –  Legislation  sponsored  by  State  Senator  David  J.  Valesky (D-Oneida)   that   will   protect   senior   citizens  from  deception  by professionals who use senior-specific designations (S.7254) was signed into law by Governor Cuomo. The new law requires anyone using such a designation to disclose its source in advertisements and to prospective clients.

December 3, 2014
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Senator Gallivan Provides Storm Related Information

Western New York continues to recover from record breaking snowfall.  While the area has dug out from the heavy snow, the aftermath of the storm is still being felt.

Senator Gallivan surveyed storm damage throughout the 59th Senate District and met with county, town and village leaders as well as residents.  He will continue to monitor the ongoing recovery effort and update communities and residents.

November 25, 2014
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Empowering Seniors To Fight Scam Artists

ONEONTA, 11/24/14 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today announced that he will be hosting a series of free senior scam prevention forums in Cobleskill, Olive, and Sidney in the coming weeks.

“Scam artists are becoming more and more sophisticated and senior citizens are quite often the targets of these ruthless criminals,” said Senator Seward.  “Alerting seniors to some common schemes and arming them with the tools needed to steer clear of these devious crimes will go a long way toward safeguarding their financial savings and well being, that’s why I am sponsoring these events.”

November 24, 2014
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Outgoing Third District Senator Zeldin Announces Signing of Bill to Protect our Children

Outgoing Third District Senator Zeldin Announces Signing of Bill to Protect our Children

New Law Protects Children from Identity Theft

ALBANY—Outgoing Third District State Senator Lee Zeldin (R, C, I—Shirley), Chair of the Senate Consumer Protection Committee, announced today that his bill aimed at protecting minors from identity theft has been signed into law.

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

November 24, 2014
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SENATOR MARTINS WARNS RESIDENTS ABOUT NEW TAX SCAMS

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) is warning consumers about a new scam in which thieves steal from people by tricking them into paying fraudulent tax debts. 

     According to the New York State Attorney General’s Office, scammers have been calling residents, claiming they owe back taxes and promising to settle the alleged debt for a portion of the owed amount. These scammers are also reportedly using high-pressure tactics to intimidate victims into paying.

     Residents should remember the following tips from the Attorney General's Office to avoid falling victim to this scam:

November 17, 2014
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Oneonta Vet Prompts New Law Across Finish Line

ONEONTA, 10/29/14 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today presented Dr. David Leahy of Community Veterinary Center in Oneonta with a pen certificate from the governor commemorating the signing of senate bill 2742B into law.

The legislation amends the New York Veterinary Practice Act, clarifying that animal dentistry is a specialty included within the scope of veterinary medicine.  

October 29, 2014
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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
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SENATOR LANZA OFFERS DISTRICT WIDE CONSUMER ALERT: BEWARE OF GREEN DOT MONEYPAK SCAM

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

 

File: 
NYPD-ALERT-GreenDot011714.pdf

October 17, 2014
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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
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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
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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.”

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August 21, 2014
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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
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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
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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
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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
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E-ZPASS WARNS DRIVERS TO BEWARE OF EMAIL SCAM TO COLLECT UNPAID TOLLS

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
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