Issues: Consumer Protection

Committee Meeting: Consumer Protection Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Consumer Protection Senator Lee Zeldin, Chair 10:00 AM, Tuesday, May 10, 2011 Room 801 LOB

May 10, 10:00 AM - 10:05 AM
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Seward Continues Fight Against "Fraud Tax"

ALBANY, NY May 3, 2011 – Senator James L. Seward joined forces today with King County District Attorney Charles Hynes, Senator Martin Golden and Assemblyman Joseph Morelle in support of reforming New York’s no-fault auto insurance laws.

New Yorkers now pay the fourth highest premiums in the nation for auto insurance, due in large part to an outdated system that is rife with fraud and abuse.  In 2010, for the second consecutive year, no-fault fraud cost New Yorkers more than $200 million—this cost is a ‘Fraud Tax’ that is absorbed by all drivers across the state in the form of higher insurance premiums.

May 4, 2011
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Senator Gianaris Introduces Ratepayer Protection Act

Targets Companies That Unfairly Raise Electric Rates

Queens, NY – Senator Michael Gianaris announced that he will be introducing legislation to safeguard New Yorkers against unfair increases to electricity bills. The proposal, dubbed “The Ratepayer Protection Act” eliminates property tax exemptions and abatements for power-generating corporations that unfairly raise their rates. The legislation was introduced in response to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) decision to approve a rate hike by power generating companies in New York.

Recently, FERC approved the 12% increase in electricity rates for New York City residents and a 17.5% increase for New York City businesses, which would be implemented on May 28, 2011.

April 11, 2011
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LaValle Calls for PSC Oversight of LIPA

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle, at left, addresses Michael Hervey, Chief Operating Officer, LIPA  about his recently passed bill (S2581) requiring the State’s Public Service Commission to approve any LIPA rate increases over 2.5%. Hervey argued against the bill which now must pass the Assembly and be signed by the Governor. The LIPA Hearing, held April 7 at Farmingdale State College was chaired by Senator George Maziarz, to the right of LaValle. Michael Hervey addresses the committee at right.

April 8, 2011
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Could electric rates double over 3 years?

Queens Chronicle wrote an article about the electricity rate increases and power companies' property tax cuts that will affect all New Yorkers. I am calling on the federal government to reverse this decision.

Federal regulators are reconsidering a decision that could hike electric rates in the city 16 percent this year for residential customers and 21.5 percent for businesses, though there’s no guarantee they’ll change their minds, a state senator from Queens said this week.

April 7, 2011
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Bloomberg Rails Against Government’s Attempted ‘Power’ Play

CBS 2 posted on its website an article about the increased rates for electricty in New York City, which was passed by the federal government. The article includes my response to this hike.

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — It’s an electric bill shocker for New York City residents.

In a stunning move, the federal government granted a windfall $1.5 billion increase to the companies that produce electricity, sending bills soaring for the next three summers.

A furious Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Friday the hefty hike is unwarranted and that he is trying to appeal, reports CBS 2’s Marcia Kramer.

April 1, 2011
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Financial Literacy Series for Beginning English Learners

Senator Peralta, Queens Library and Emerald Isle Immigration Center present

"Financial Literacy Series for Beginning English Learners"

FREE

Please click here for the full class schedule.  For questions and to register, please call Liz Baber at (718) 478-5502 ext 209

April 7, 6:00 PM - June 16, 6:00 PM
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Committee Meeting: Consumer Protection Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Consumer Protection Senator Lee Zeldin, Chair 11:30 AM, Wednesday, March 23, 2011 Room 801 LOB

March 23, 11:30 AM - 11:47 AM
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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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