Issues: Consumer Protection

Confusing Mailing Sparks Concern

ONEONTA, 02/10/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I–Oneonta) today issued a consumer alert concerning a mailing that has raised concerns from several area residents. The letter to area residents appears to be a warning from National Grid, but is in fact not affiliated with the energy provider, Seward says.

“Often times the phrase ‘buyer beware’ is associated with advertising practices, but when essential services like electricity become part of the equation people deserve to have all of the facts,” said Senator Seward.  “Preying on homeowners through the use of borderline scare tactics is simply wrong and the use of such methods should be exposed.”

February 11, 2011
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Senator Zeldin Holds First Consumer Protection Committee Meeting

Albany, NY-  Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) today held his first Consumer Protection Committee Meeting.   Senator Zeldin (pictured above, center) reported three bills through the Committee today, including S.1833, sponsored by Senator Flanagan which prohibits the sale of salvia divinorum in New York.  Also reported out of Committee today was S.2910, sponsored by Senator Zeldin, which amends the telemarketing sales calls statewide registry to include unwanted facsimile transmissions.

February 8, 2011
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SENATOR SALAND’S BILL TO CRIMINALIZE STEALING CREDIT AND DEBIT CARD NUMBERS HAS PASSED THE SENATE

Senator Steve Saland (R, I, C – Poughkeepsie) announced that his bill to include theft of credit or debit card numbers within the crime of grand larceny in the fourth degree has passed the Senate today.

February 7, 2011
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IDC Releases Plan to Fight Auto Insurance Evasion

 

Fraudulent Practice Cost NY Drivers Millions, Puts Strain on State and Local Governments

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Auto Insurance Evasion

February 7, 2011
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Committee Meeting: Consumer Protection Meeting

Senate Committee on Consumer ProtectionLee M. ZeldinTuesday, February 8th, 2011 10:00amRoom 801 LOB

February 8, 10:00 AM - 10:05 AM
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January 14, 2011
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Seward Meets With Tobacco Prevention Advocates

The Telegram

ALBANY, 01/12/11 — One Ilion teenager and dozens of regional other tobacco prevention advocates met with state representatives at the capitol on Tuesday.

Chelsea Blovat, a senior at Ilion Senior High School, spent the day in Albany with about 25 other youth leaders from Herkimer, Oneida and Madison counties as representatives for Reality Check, a youth-based, adult-mentored group that wants to see the end of tobacco use and advertising.

“We were able to go and see some of our legislators and were able to talk to them and invite them to events in the near future,” said Blovat in a phone interview Tuesday.

January 12, 2011
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Senator Lee M. Zeldin Selected to Chair Committee on Consumer Protection

Freshman Senator Also Secures Appointment to Seven Other Committees

 

Albany, NY- State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) announced today that he has been selected to Chair the Senate Standing Committee on Consumer Protection.

 

January 11, 2011
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Paterson Signs Battery Recycling Law

By David King

You know that broken iPod you’ve got sitting around? Those busted flip phones, or that laptop with the hole in the screen?(How on Earth did that get there?) Well they’ve all got batteries in ‘em and those batteries are no good for mother nature. Thanks to new legislation, signed yesterday by Gov. David Paterson and sponsored by Sen. Liz Krueger and Assemblyman Brian Kavanagh, electronics manufacturers will be required under state law to work with retailers to set up convenient recycling programs for those sorts of batteries. The goal is to keep those toxic batteries out of landfills.

January 3, 2011
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO APPLAUDS FEDERAL GOVERNMENT FOR JOINING NEW YORK STATE IN BANNING DANGEROUS DROP-SIDE CRIBS

          Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) applauded the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) for enacting new federal regulations which ban dangerous drop-side cribs.

December 17, 2010
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Report: New City Law and AG Settlement Agreements Spur Improved Translation, Language Access Services in NY Chain Pharmacies

 

Recommends Passage of Statewide Legislation to Expand Gains in Consumer Safety and Fill Gaps

December 15, 2010
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Senator Peralta Protects Consumers From Fees

Consumers will no longer be charged fees for paying bills by mail, or for receiving paper billing statements, thanks to legislation introduced in the State Senate by Senator Jose Peralta. The law will take effect in April 2011.

“Paper billing and payment fees unfairly impact consumers who do not have Internet access at home or are uncomfortable using the Internet, including many seniors and those concerned about personal privacy,” said Senator Peralta, chair of the Senate’s Consumer Protection Committee. “Paper billing and payment fees disproportionately affect low-income consumers, who are less likely to have Internet access.

December 9, 2010
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Summary of 2010 Cities Committee Action

Senator Shirley L. Huntley, Chair of Senate Committee on Cities

November, 2010 Summary of 2010 Cities Committee Action Update.

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Summary of 2010 Cities Committee Action.pdf

December 1, 2010
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Fall 2010 Albany Update

Dear Friend,

In the last year, there has been a number of important developments in transportation, education, land use and housing in the 26th District that I want to make sure you are aware of. Additionally, in this newsletter, I have included some information about upcoming community events I am hosting, as well as opportunities for you and your family to get involved. I hope you find this information helpful.

File: 
Fall 2010 Neighborhood Update - Fall.pdf

November 30, 2010
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Forum/Town Hall: Co-Op/Condo Forum

Senator Jose Peralta, Councilmember Danny Dromm and The Alliance of Condo & Co-Op Owners present a forum on co-ops and condos.

The forum is an opportunity to have your questions answered. Learn about the role of the board, role of management and shareholder & owner rights.

Panel Participants:

Lucas A. Ferrara, Esq - Finkelstein Newman Ferrera LLP

Kevin McConnell, Esq - Himmelstein, McConnell, Gribben, Donoghue & Joseph LLP

Larry Simms, President of The Alliance of Condo & Co-Op Owners

Download the flyer here.

December 6, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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Online Shopping and Safety

“Cyber Monday,” the day after the traditional Thanksgiving weekend start to the holiday shopping season, begins a flurry of online purchasing that generated nearly $1 billion worth of spending by Americans in 2009. 

That’s an incredible amount, one that also signals an unprecedented exchange of online information.  But it also compels this reminder: Don’t overlook the privacy and other public policy issues raised by our ongoing leap into this age of modern technology.

November 24, 2010
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Senator Flanagan Offers Holiday Shopping Tips

As the holiday season approaches, Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District) is reminding all Long Islanders to be wary of identity theft and crime as they do their holiday shopping.  To help consumers protect themselves, Senator Flanagan has established a special section on his web site – Helpful Holiday Shopping and Safety Tips – to help make the holiday season safer for shoppers.

November 18, 2010
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Legislación contra empresas de envíos fraudulentas

Telemundo 47

Por María Araíz Pérez

15 de noviembre

Con la navidad a la vuelta de la esquina, anuncian un proyecto de ley que pone en cintura a las compañías de envíos de paquetes, que no cumplen sus compromisos.

Las víctimas en su mayoría son inmigrantes hispanos. Hace 3 meses, Johnny Pérez mandó una caja repleta de regalos a Colombia: "el envío de la caja cuesta unos $160, más lo que uno se gasta comprando ropa, juguetes, zapatos, alrededor de unos $500 he perdido ahí”.

November 16, 2010
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Crooks deliver holiday misery with shipping scam that targets Hispanic immigrants

Daily News

by Edgar Sandoval and Samuel Goldsmith

November 15, 2010

Lawmakers are warning New Yorkers about a shipping scam that targets Hispanic immigrants who send Christmas presents to their families back home.

Instead of delivering the goods, scammers take the presents - and the money they charge for shipping - and split.

"It's a terrible scam that's been happening for years," said state Sen. José Peralta, who represents several Queens neighborhoods hit by shipping crooks.

"You pay the fees, and your items never get there," he said.

Customers who fall prey to the scammers have no recourse .

November 16, 2010
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