Issues: Consumer Protection

Committee Meeting: Consumer Protection Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Consumer Protection Senator Michael Venditto, Chair 9:30 AM, Tuesday, April 21, 2015 Room 945 LOB

PLEASE NOTE DATE CHANGE FOR MEETING

April 21, 9:30 AM - 10:30 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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Consumer Protection Alert from Senator Venditto

Chairman of the Senate Consumer Protection Committee, State Senator Michael Venditto, (R, C, I- Massapequa) would like to alert you to the following scams recently targeting New Yorkers.  Please follow the links below to make yourself aware of them.

Fraudulent NYS Attorney General’s Office Debt Collection Notices

Nassau County Phone Scams

Alert For Scams Involving Fake Lottery Prizes

January 29, 2015
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Senator Venditto Selected to Chair Committee on Consumer Protection

Albany, NY-New York State Senator Michael Venditto (R, C, I- Massapequa), announced today that he has been selected to Chair the Senate Standing Committee on Consumer Protection.

“It’s an honor to be appointed to chair the Senate Committee on Consumer Protection. As Chairman this will give me a unique opportunity to be forceful advocate for not only the rights of consumers in the 8th Senate District, but all of New York,” said Senator Venditto.

“In this ever-changing economical climate, our committee will work hard to deliver real results to consumers, especially those consumers and constituents throughout the 8th Senate District and the Long Island- Metro region who are still rebuilding from Super-Storm Sandy,” continued Senator Venditto.

January 22, 2015
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Griffo Helps Pass Women's Equality Agenda

 

Demonstrating his continued commitment to creating equality for women in the Empire State, Sen. Joseph A. Griffo’s first legislative action in 2015 was to vote in support of the Women’s Equality Agenda.

“In Governor Cuomo’s 2013 State of the State address, he challenged us to reject institutional and cultural norms and make New York a leader in creating equality for women,” said Griffo, R-Rome. “I’m tremendously proud that me and my Senate colleagues have now met this challenge for each of the last the years.”

January 12, 2015
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Senator Young Warns Area Residents To Be Vigilant Against Ongoing IRS Phone Scam

Area residents have already contacted the Senator’s office after receiving a scam call

 

ALBANY - Senator Catharine Young (R,I,C- Olean) is warning area residents to be on the lookout in response to an ongoing phone scam that has already plagued several local residents.

 

January 6, 2015
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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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