Issues: Consumer Protection

Join the Fight to Ban Gun Grip Cell Phone Cases

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.

July 16, 2015
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MOYA/KLEIN BILL THAT COMBATS ILLEGAL CAR DEALING PASSES ASSEMBLY AND SENATE

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.

June 19, 2015
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RITCHIE BILL TO RAISE AWARENESS OF DEADLY ‘TIP OVER’ HAZARD GETS SENATE OK

Goal is to Cut Accidents That Claimed Two Lives Here, 40 in US Yearly

June 18, 2015
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Senate Passes Valesky-Sponsored Elder Financial Abuse Legislation

Albany, NY - Legislation sponsored by Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) protecting seniors from financial abuse passed the Senate June 15, which was also World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.

June 16, 2015
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State Senate Passes Klein & Savino Bills to Combat Predatory Auto Lending Practices in New York State

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.

June 16, 2015
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SQUADRON, ROZIC, CHIN ANNOUNCE FCC AGREEMENT TO IMPROVE VERIZON LIFELINE PROGRAM

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.

June 15, 2015
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Senator Gallivan Introduces Legislation to Protect Information Contained in Motor Vehicle Records

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.

May 27, 2015
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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 - 9:36 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

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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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