Issues: Consumer Protection

Law Dishes Out Strict Health Rules For Food Vendors

Queens Gazette

by Liz Goff

September 22, 2010

A state senator from Queens is calling on state officials to pass legislation that would require street food vendors and food vendors at stadiums and arenas to undergo a grueling inspection by state health officials and to display a “grade” indicating the condition of their food carts and workspaces.

State Senator Jose Peralta recently introduced the measure that would require food vendors to undergo the same strict inspection as city restaurants and to display a “grade” issued by the state Department of Health (DOH) on their carts or workplaces.

October 14, 2010
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ADDABBO, PHEFFER ASSIST IN DEPARTMENT OF CONSUMER AFFAIRS' ANNUAL BUSINESS EDUCATION DAY

Queens, NY, October 13, 2010 -- On Monday, October 4, NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. and NYS Assembly Member Audrey I. Pheffer walked with inspectors from the NYC Department of Consumer Affairs and Small Business Services, and visited businesses along Crossbay Boulevard from Liberty Avenue to 159th Avenue for the Annual Business Education Day. 

October 13, 2010
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New Legislation Targets Food Vendors

Queens Courier

by Yohanna Lucia Sufran

September 8, 2010 

If you often enjoy hotdogs, shish-kebab, or pretzels from local vendors, perhaps very soon you’ll be able to make sure that the vendors who sell you the food you consume in the city’s streets have passed health inspections.

State Senator Jose Peralta introduced new legislation which demands that the same system that requires restaurants to publicly display their inspection grades obtained from the city’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMN), also be applied to street and stadium vendors.

The legislation will be introduced officially at the beginning of the next State Senate session in January 2011, and if it becomes law, vendors won’t have to display their grades until mid-2011.

September 8, 2010
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Estrenarán sistema electoral - Nueva York sustituye las viejas máquinas de palanca en las primarias demócratas

El Diario

por Ruth E. Hernández Beltrán 

6 de septiembre del 2010 

Nueva York/EFE — Por primera vez en cinco décadas, los votantes de Nueva York acudirán a la urnas bajo un nuevo sistema electoral, que sustituye las viejas máquinas de palanca, y que se pondrá en marcha en las primarias demócratas del 14 de septiembre.

Nueva York ha sido el último estado en adquirir un sistema electrónico de votación, tal y como estipula una medida aprobada por el Congreso de EE.UU. en 2002, tras los problemas surgidos dos años antes, que obligaron al recuento de miles de votos y la intervención del Tribunal Supremo.

September 8, 2010
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New York City Law Requires Landlords to Tell New Tenants About Bedbug Infestations

New York Law Journal 

by Noeleen G. Walder 

September 2, 2010 

A new law in New York City aimed at helping prospective tenants combat the raging bedbug epidemic was signed into law Monday by Gov. David A. Paterson. 

Dubbed the Bedbug Disclosure Act, the measure requires owners and lessors to notify new rental tenants of bedbug infestations that have plagued the building and the tenant's individual unit during the previous year. 

The law, A10356B/S8130, which takes effect immediately, comes amid a rash of complaints about bedbugs in New York City and other major cities across the nation. The measure applies only to the city. 

September 7, 2010
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News Bedbug Law Forces Landlords to Reveal Past Infestations

Wall Street Journal 

by Melanie West

August 30, 2010 

Apartment renters of New York, get ready to have a bedbug conversation with prospective landlords. 

Gov. David Paterson has signed into law the Bedbug Disclosure Act. As Metropolis reported back in June, the bill requires building owners to disclose a one-year history of bedbug infestations to potential tenants.

Assembly woman Linda B. Rosenthal, who represents Manhattan’s Upper West Side, and State Senator Jose Peralta from Queens sponsored the legislation. 

September 7, 2010
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Queens Officials Show Off New Voting Machines

NY 1

September 3, 2010 

Voters will soon be casting their ballots using a brand new system.

Local leaders and officials from the city's Board of Elections demonstrated the new electronic voting system in Jackson Heights, Queens on Friday. 

The old lever voting booths will be a thing of the past, and the new system is designed to be in compliance with the Help America Vote Act of 2002.

From now on, with every vote cast, a verifiable paper record will be produced.

Officials say it will be easier and more accurate than the old booths. 

 

September 7, 2010
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Forum/Town Hall: Town Hall Meeting on Section 8 Vouchers

Please join Senator Jose Peralta for a Town Hall on Section 8 vouchers. Members of the community, housing advocates and social service providers are encouraged to voice their opinions and ask questions.

The event is sponsored by:

Senator Jose Peralta

Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras

New York Urban League Housing Program

NYC Housing Authority (NYCHA)

NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development

Queens Library

 

Please share the event with friends and neighbors.  Click here to download the flyer.

October 25, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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New Law Requires Landlords to Reveal Bedbug Info

Times Ledger

by Rebecca Henely 

September 2, 2010 

Sleep tight and don’t let the bedbugs bite — especially new residents.

Gov. David Paterson signed legislation Monday requiring all owners or landlords of a property to give potential tenants written advance notice if the dwelling they are renting has had bedbugs in the past year.

The legislation was sponsored by state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-Jackson Heights) and state Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal (D-Manhattan).

“Bedbugs have become an insidious nuisance for renters throughout the state because landlords oftentimes do not disclose infestations,” Peralta said. “Tenants have the right to know if the apartment or house they are renting was previously occupied by bedbugs.”

September 2, 2010
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Governor Paterson Signs Peralta Bill Requiring Landlords To Disclose Bed Bug History To Potential Tenants

(Albany, NY) Governor Paterson has signed legislation (S8130), sponsored by Senator José Peralta (D-Queens), to protect tenants from unknowingly moving into a property with a history of bed bug infestations. This legislation requires property owners or landlords within New York City to disclose infestation history to potential tenants prior to leasing.

According to the National Pest Management Association, bedbug complaints have increased 50 fold over the last five years, appearing in apartments, mansions and dormitories in nearly every corner of the nation 

August 31, 2010
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NYS Senator Eric Adams is Joined by NYS Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer and Community Clergy and Activists to Announce Signing Into Law of 'Rent-To-Own' Legislation to Protect Consumers

 

 On Thursday, August 5th, NYS Senator Eric Adams and NYS Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer will hold a press conference, announcing the signing into law of their consumer protection legislation that will regulate the ‘rent-to-own’ industry

August 5, 2010
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Alert from SCPD: Beware of Text Message Phishing

Suffolk County Police Department Newsletter
Special Alert: Beware of Text Message Phishing                   August 2010

The Suffolk County Police Department’s Identity Theft Unit would like to warn Suffolk County residents of a phishing scheme designed to induce victims into divulging personal information that can be used by ID thieves.

August 5, 2010
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Paterson’s Bedbug Veto - A Nuisance to New Yorkers

Yesterday, Governor Paterson vetoed a measure the Legislature passed to combat the bedbug infestation in New York State. The bill would have required all used bedding to be sanitized before being transported, stored or sold with new bedding. The bill would have also required annual inspections of bedding retailers, rather than the current random process. Paterson said the bill would cost the state an additional $600,000 and the hiring of eight employees.

August 4, 2010
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Senator Jose Peralta Urges President Obama to Nominate Dr. Elizabeth Warren as Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Click here to view Senator Peralta's letter to President Obama.

“As the Chair of the New York State Senate’s Consumer Protection Committee and State Senator representing over 300,000 New Yorkers, I have seen firsthand the devastating effects these challenging economic times have had on Americans. These distressing financial problems are often times compounded by the fact that many consumers simply do not know their rights and in many cases because they have been victims of predatory credit products.

August 3, 2010
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Retail Report

News From Senator Shirley L. Huntley

For Immediate Release: August 3, 2010

Contact: Kevin M. Webb (518) 455-3531 (Huntley)

Diem Tran (917) 439-2965 (Squadron)

 

Senators Huntley and Squadron Release Senate Committee on Cities Report

To Help Local Businesses and Revitalize Retail Diversity

Small Retailers Vital to New York’s Economy, Culture

August 2, 2010
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Newsday: Paterson Signs Product Laws Protecting Babies Safety

By Delthea Ricks

Gov. David A. Paterson has signed two laws affecting what babies put into their mouths and where they sleep.

July 30, 2010
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