Issues: Consumer Protection

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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Associated Press: Paterson Signs Consumer Protection Bills

By Michael Gormley (Associated Press Writer)

July 30, 2010
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FUSCHILLO BILL TO BAN DANGEROUS DROP-SIDE CRIBS IN NEW YORK STATE SIGNED BY GOVERNOR

State Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) today announced that dangerous drop-side cribs will be banned in New York State, now that legislation he sponsored has been signed by Governor David Paterson.  

July 30, 2010
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Ballpark Update: Stadiums Must Tell About Toxic Food

CBS MoneyWatch.com

by Kathy Kristof 

July 29, 2010 

If State Senator Jose Peralta has his way, the citizens of New York will get some warning before they buy toxic food at a sports stadium. 

Reacting to an ESPN report about the prevalence of health violations with food and drink vendors at stadiums across the country, Peralta introduced legislation on Thursday that would demand that anyone selling food — regardless of whether it’s a restaurant, a push-cart or a stadium food vendor — post a letter grade indicating the result of their recent health inspection. 

July 30, 2010
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Senator Peralta Introduces Legislation Requiring Food Vendors at Stadiums and Entertainment Arenas to Post Health Inspection Letter Grades In Response to ESPN Report “It’s times for venues to clean up their act”

In light of the recent ESPN story that revealed that health inspectors at stadiums and entertainment venues found a majority of food vendors had “major” or “critical” health violations State Senator Jose Peralta is introducing a bill that would require all food service establishments, food carts and pushcarts, schools, entertainment/sports venues, and hospitals to post a letter grade indicating the result of a health inspection of its food serving establishment. 

July 30, 2010
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Senator Peralta Tackles Foreclosure

Queens Chronicle

by Elizabeth Daley

7/29/2010

Inspired by the high foreclosure rate across the country and in Queens, state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-Jackson Heights) joined allies City Comptroller John Liu and Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries (D-Fort Greene) at City Hall on Tuesday to promote legislation requiring lenders and brokers to provide consumers with a document explaining the mortgage process, consumer rights and protections.

Peralta urged Gov. David Paterson to sign the legislation shortly after speaking to residents facing foreclosure in his district at a workshop last Thursday.

 

July 29, 2010
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Senator Peralta Calls on Governor Paterson to Sign Mortgage Bill of Rights Legislation Prompted by Record Number of Foreclosures

Senator Jose Peralta, Assemblymember Hakeem  Jeffries and Comptroller John Liu are calling on Governor Paterson to sign the Mortgage Bill of Rights  Legislation, requiring  mortgage lenders and brokers to provide consumers with a detailed  document explaining the mortgage process and consumer rights and protections.  This bill will ensure that consumers receive ample information before they begin the voluminous mortgage  process. 

July 27, 2010
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Unclaimed Funds

News From Senator Shirley L. Huntley

For Immediate Release: July 22, 2010

Contact: Ami Shah | shah@senate.state.ny.us | (518) 455-3531

Senator Huntley: Does the State Owe You Money?

Hundreds of Millions Returned to New Yorkers Annually

(D-Jamaica) Senator Shirley L. Huntley announced today that New Yorkers are owed hundreds of millions of dollars in unclaimed funds from the State, and can get any money they are owed simply by calling the state Comptroller’s office or going online.

July 22, 2010
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Senator Sampson Comments on Tax and Finance Regulation Concerning Tax Preparers

Senator John L. Sampson commented on a proposed rule issued by the State Tax and Finance Department entitled Consumer Bill of Rights Regarding Tax Preparers (TAF-07-09-11-P).  Senator Sampson asked the Department to revise the  rule to conform with statutory language by including the definition of a “refund anticipation check,” and the term “refund.”  In addition, Senator Sampson believed consumers may get confused about the regulation’s terms of refund, refund anticipation check and refund anticipation loan.  Senator Sampson asked the Department to make certain consumers are aware of the complete definitions of the terms and that they would be displayed on both the Tax and Finance web site and the Consumer Protection Board web site.

July 16, 2010
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KLEIN HOLDS SIGN UP FOR REALTOR NON-SOLICITATION LIST

Senator Klein Opens Office for Bronx Homeowners to Register to Protect Themselves from Unscrupulous Realtors

 

July 9, 2010
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KLEIN WARNS BRONX RESIDENTS AGAINST USING UNLICENSED CONTRACTORS

Helps Middletown Resident After Contractor Bails on Bathroom Remodel

 

State Senator and Deputy Majority Leader Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) sent a warning to all Bronx residents this week as many prepare to hire contractors for home improvements and remodeling during the summer season. The warning - to stay away from using unlicensed contractors - comes on the heels of a nearly three month battle on behalf of a Middletown resident whose contractor left her with a half-finished bathroom.

 

July 8, 2010
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Legislature Bans Use of Harmful Chemical in Child Care Products

 

Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) is pleased to announce that legislation prohibiting the manufacture, distribution or sale of certain child care products containing bisphenol-A (BPA) passed the Legislature and is awaiting consideration by the Governor.  Senator Oppenheimer was a strong supporter and co-sponsor of the bill in the Senate. (S.3296H/A.6919D).

July 7, 2010
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KLEIN FIGHTS FOR HOMEOWNERS AGAINST UNNECESSARY INSURANCE COSTS

Throggs Neck seniors Lenore and Dominick Marano avoided being charged more than a thousand dollars in unnecessary insurance costs thanks to State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester). Klein worked with the Maranos' mortgage lender to help fight a nearly $1,400 increase in their annual flood insurance premium.

 

This spring, the Maranos received a letter from their bank with whom they have a mortgage stating that their flood insurance had to be dramatically extended. The letter said that their yearly flood insurance premium would double. Upon receiving this information, the Maranos immediately contacted Senator Klein’s office.

 

July 7, 2010
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Senator Eric. T. Schneiderman Shepherds Historic Anti-Fraud Taxpayer Protection Measure Through Legislature

Schneiderman’s leadership in cracking down on fraud is heralded by whistleblowers, local governments, school boards, labor, and taxpayer advocates Makes New York’s Anti-Fraud Whistle-Blower Law Strongest in Nation

July 1, 2010
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Senator Schneiderman Shepherds Historic Anti-Fraud, Taxpayer Protection Measure Through Legislature

New York's legislature today passed Senator Eric T. Schneiderman's Fraud, Enforcement & Recovery Act ("FERA"), a historic bill to strengthen the state's powerful False Claims Act. The New York False Claims Act, passed in 2007 and modeled after the then-existing United States False Claims Act, is New York's most powerful tool to fight fraud against the government, especially fraud by corrupt government contractors.

July 1, 2010
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