Issues: Consumer Protection

SENATE PASSES FUSCHILLO BILL TO HELP PREVENT PROFESSIONAL SHOPLIFTERS FROM RESELLING STOLEN GOODS THROUGH ITINERANT VENDORS

          Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) announced that the New York State Senate recently passed legislation he sponsored to make it harder for professional shoplifters and organized retail theft gangs to resell stolen goods through itinerant vendors at flea markets.

March 17, 2011
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Senator Montgomery Works to Renew and Strenghten State's Rent Protection System

With rent regulation laws that protect over one million units of affordable housing in New York City and the surrounding counties (Westchester, Nassau, and Rockland) dangerously close to expiring, NYS Senator Velmanette Montgomery and her Senate Democratic colleagues have called for the immediate extension and expansion of tenant protections.

March 8, 2011
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FUSCHILLO BILL TO RAISE PENALTIES FOR IMPERSONATING AN ATTORNEY APPROVED BY STATE SENATE

Proposed Law Would Create Felony Charges for Phony Lawyers 

March 8, 2011
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SENATOR ZELDIN INTRODUCES LEGISLATION TO HALT RENTAL COMPANIES FROM RENTING RECALLED VEHICLES

The Measure Protects Consumers; Closes Loophole

State Senator Lee Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) today announced legislation to require car rental companies to fix recalled vehicles before renting those vehicles to consumers.  

March 3, 2011
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SENATE APPROVES FUSCHILLO BILL TO CREATE STRONGER PENALTIES FOR PROFESSIONAL SHOPLIFTERS

Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) announced that the New York State Senate has passed legislation he sponsored to raise penalties for criminals who use “booster bags” and other anti-security devices to steal merchandise from store shelves.

February 14, 2011
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Senator Liz Krueger Secures Passage of Legislation That Cracks Down on Identity Theft

For Immediate Release | February 14, 2011

Katie Kincaid | kincaid.nysenate@gmail.com | 646-784-0485

(Albany, NY) – Last week, the Senate passed Legislation introduced by Senator Krueger, which will help crack down on illegal activity linked to identity theft. Under the new law, if a crime is committed in connection with identity theft, the courts will have the jurisdiction to hear the crimes together. The bill passed the Senate with overwhelming support and is now being sent to the Assembly where it is sponsored by Joe Lentol (D-Brooklyn), Chair of the Codes Committee.

February 14, 2011
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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

File: 
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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