Issues: Consumer Protection

Schumer, Gianaris Calling For TSA Passenger Advocates

The Queens Gazette wrote an article about the announcement made by Senator Gianaris and Senator Schumer, which called on the TSA to designate on-duty passenger advocates at airports in order to resolve disputes between passengers and agents over screening issues. 

“While the safety and security of our flights must be a top priority, we need to make sure that flying does not become a fear-inducing, degrading, and potentially humiliating experience,” Schumer said. “Right now, passengers who feel that their rights are about to be violated have nowhere to turn, but by training passenger advocates at each of our airports, the TSA can finally give passengers a voice.”

January 13, 2012
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Senator Fuschillo Reminds Residents to Protect Themselves from ID Theft

With identity theft ranking as the number one consumer fraud complaint, affecting 9 million people nationwide, Senator Fuschillo is reminding residents about steps they can take to protect themselves from identity thieves and scams.

“Identity thieves can create serious financial problems that can take victims weeks, months, or even years to recover from. Following a few simple steps can help consumers better protect themselves and their private information from ID thieves and consumer scams,” said Senator Fuschillo, who has authored several anti-identity theft laws.

Senator Fuschillo offered residents the following tips from the New York State Division of Consumer Protection and the Federal Trade Commission to prevent ID theft:

January 12, 2012
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Committee Meeting: Consumer Protection Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Consumer Protection Senator Lee Zeldin, Chair 12:30 PM, Wednesday, January 18, 2012 Room 801 LOB

January 18, 12:30 PM - 12:40 PM
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PROTECT YOURSELF FROM IDENTITY THEFT

Identity theft is the number one consumer fraud complaint, affecting over 9 million Americans every year. However, there are steps that you can take to help reduce the risk of your personal information falling into the wrong hands:

STEPS TO TAKE TO PREVENT ID THEFT (from the New York State Division of Consumer Protection and the Federal Trade Commission):

* Regularly Check Your Credit Report. Consumers are entitled by law to one free copy of their credit report each year from each of the three major credit bureaus (Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion). A credit report is an important record of an individual’s finances, and is used by creditors, insurers, and other businesses when determining applications for things like credit, insurance, loans, and mortgages. Regularly checking your credit report can help you uncover and report inaccurate information or fraudulent activity. Knowing what’s in your credit report will enable you to act quickly to minimize the damage.

January 12, 2012
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Senator Gianaris discusses MTA issues at a Sunnyside town hall

Senator Gianaris speaking at a Sunnyside town hall, hosted by Councilmember Van Bramer, focusing on MTA issues affecting the neighborhood.

January 12, 2012
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Independent Democratic Conference Releases 2012 Legislative Agenda

 

NEW YORK, NY - The Independent Democratic Conference  released its 2012 legislative agenda Thursday aimed at strengthening this state's economy, improving the lives of New York residents, and preserving New York's progressive tradition.

The agenda was released on the anniversary of the IDC's formation and after a successful year that saw many of the conference's 2011 priorities made into law.

January 8, 2012
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Senator Carlucci Announces Consumer Protection Bill

NANUET, NY – Just in time for the holiday season, Senator David Carlucci (D-Rockland/Orange) today announced consumer protection legislation that warns parents of the potential dangers associated with artificial Christmas trees.  Senate bill (S1644) sponsored by the Senator would require that a warning label be attached to any holiday decorations containing lead that are sold in New York State.

December 23, 2011
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A.G. SCHNEIDERMAN RELEASES CHARITIES FUNDRAISING REPORT AND ISSUES TIPS TO NEW YORKERS DONATING THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

Professional For-Profit “Telemarketers” Keep 63 Percent of Money Raised; Fewer Than 37 Cents Per Dollar Go To Charity

AG’s Provides Consumer Tips, Online Tools To Help New Yorkers Make Informed Decisions On Where To Give, and Ensure Dollars Go Where Intended

Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today released his office's annual fundraising report documenting how for-profit “telemarketers” pocket the bulk of contributions New Yorkers give to charities. The Attorney General also issued a guide for consumers planning on making charitable contributions this holiday season, with important information to ensure that donations go where intended.

December 14, 2011
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NY State leasing space despite vacant buildings

Senator Gianaris was interviewed on ABC Channel 7 by Jim Hoffer. He discussed poorly managed state-owned property and the issue of New York State leasing space for its agencies despite several vacant properties.

Click here to watch the interview.

November 22, 2011
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Queens Gazette: GIANARIS ENCOURAGES RESIDENTS: ‘APPLY FOR LIHEAP’

Queens Gazette wrote about Senator Gianaris' support for LIHEAP, a state-run assitance program to help New Yorkers pay their energy bills.

State Senator Michael Gianaris (D–Astoria) issued a reminder yesterday to Western Queens residents to sign up for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, (LIHEAP).

November 9, 2011
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Senator Lee Zeldin Hosts Home Mortgage Information Seminar for Residents of the 3rd Senate District

Central Islip, N.Y. – Recognizing that many communities within the 3rd Senate District were among the hardest hit by the recent foreclosure crisis, State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) hosted a Home Mortgage Informational Seminar this past Wednesday, November 2, 2011, at the Central Islip High School.

Representatives from the Economic Opportunity Council (E.O.C.) of Suffolk County and the Long Island Housing Partnership, Inc., were on hand to provide one-on-one counseling with the many individuals who were in attendance. Presentations were also made on various topics, including the Federal Homes Affordable Act (HAMP) modification loan procedures, short sales, deed in lieu of foreclosure, mortgage redemption, and forbearance.

November 7, 2011
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Grand post office spared

The Queens Campaigner wrote on the recent saving of the Grand Station Post Office from the risk of being closed down. As the United States Postal Service veers on the danger of going postal, concerned residents voiced their need for this valuable community resource. Senator Gianaris and other elected officials played a critical part in responding to these concerns, and will continue to as four other post offices' state is still up in the air

A spokeswoman from the U.S. Postal Service said that while Astoria’s Grand station has been saved from the chopping block, four other post offices in Queens are still up for study.

October 27, 2011
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Huffington Post Op-Ed: Beyond the Occupation

By State Senator Daniel Squadron and Assemblyman Rory Lancman

Much has been made of the lack of specific demands of the Occupy Wall Street protesters.   But the themes underlying the protests are clear: accountability on Wall Street for the financial crisis that tanked the global economy; shared sacrifice as we pull ourselves out of an economic mess that the middle class and working poor didn't create; and a political system controlled by people, not corporations.

October 7, 2011
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO INFORMS RESIDENTS TO AVOID BECOMING VICTIMS OF CONTRACTING SCAMS IN WAKE OF HURRICANE IRENE

          With many residents having to make repairs to their homes following the damage caused by Hurricane Irene, Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) is reminding residents how they can protect themselves from becoming victims of contracting scams.

          “Many residents suffered damage to their homes which will require a contractor to fix. While most contractors are reputable and qualified professionals, there are some dishonest individuals who will try to take advantage of others in their time of need. By following a few simple steps, you can help protect yourself from becoming a victim of a contracting scam or fraud,” said Senator Fuschillo.

August 31, 2011
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Residential Appliance Rebate Program

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) recently announced a new $3 million rebate program specifically for the purchase of high-efficiency ENERGY STAR® refrigerators and clothes washers. The program begins Sept. 2, 2011.www.cee1.org for more detail about super-efficient refrigerators and clothes washers.

August 24, 2011
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO ANNOUNCES NEW LAW TO PROHIBIT SALE OF CHILD PRODUCTS CONTAINING DANGEROUS CHEMICALS

           Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) announced that Governor Andrew Cuomo recently signed legislation he supports that will prohibit the sale of child care products containing the flame retardant chemical TRIS, which has been known as a potential carcinogen and has been banned for decades from children’s clothing.  

August 22, 2011
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Zeldin Wants State Legislature to Tackle Nonprofit Abuse in 2012

State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R,C,I- Shirley) released the following statement today after the New York Post reported that 196 nonprofits were registered at one Brooklyn home:

“In recent weeks and months, media outlets throughout New York City and Long Island have reported one eye opening story after another about nonprofit abuse in New York State.

August 1, 2011
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