Issues: Consumer Protection

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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Illegal Hotels Bill Passes Legislature Bill to Protect Residents, Increase Apartment Availability

Tenants and tourists in New York City would be protected by a new law that will make it clear that operating a residential apartment as a transient hotel is illegal in New York City.  The bill (S6873/A10008), sponsored by State Senator Liz Krueger (D-Manhattan) and Assembly Member Richard N.

July 1, 2010
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KLEIN RESTORES OVERNIGHT TRANQUILITY TO MORRIS PARK STREET

Morris Park resident Jean Downey can finally sleep through the night, thanks to the work of State Senator Jeff Klein.

 

Last fall, Downey was constantly awoken by an extremely noisy outdoor HVAC unit at the Capital One Bank on Williamsbridge Road, which sits directly behind their home. Each night, the unit would loudly switch on and off multiple times between the hours of 1AM - 5AM.

 

June 30, 2010
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Majority Prevents Unfair Costs On Debit Card Purchases

The Senate Democratic Majority has extended an important safeguard to consumers, approving legislation protecting shoppers from paying an extra and unfair charge when they use debit cards to make purchases.  

June 30, 2010
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The State Senate Democratic Majority Passes Bill Requiring a warning label on baby-bottles and sippy cups

(Albany, NY) The State Senate Democratic Majority has passed legislation sponsored by State Senator Jose Peralta (D-Queens), Chair of the Consumer Protection Committee, requiring baby-bottles and sippy cups to carry a label warning consumers of the potential hazard of early childhood tooth decay and other dental issues resulting from the use of these products.

The sippy cup is often used for prolonged periods of time, including time spent sleeping and as use as a pacifier. During that time, sugary beverages other than water can pool in the child's mouth causing tooth decay.

June 29, 2010
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STATE LEGISLATURE PASSES FUSCHILLO BILL TO BAN DANGEROUS DROP-SIDE CRIBS IN NEW YORK STATE

State Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) today announced that both the New York State Senate and Assembly have passed legislation he sponsors to enact a statewide ban on dangerous drop-side cribs.  

June 25, 2010
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Senate Sets Grading System For Food Establishments To Protect Consumer Health

Commissioner of Health to give restaurants A, B, or C letter grades

June 25, 2010
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Peralta Passes Bill - Requires Landlords to Disclose Bed Bug History To Potential Tenants

(Albany, NY) The Senate Democratic Majority has passed 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

June 24, 2010
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DIRTY RESTAURANTS GET A FAILING GRADE

Klein Bill Establishes Uniform Letter Grade System for Restaurant Inspections

 

State Senator and Deputy Majority Leader Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) announced on Thursday that the Senate passed his legislation to establish a uniform, state-wide grading system for restaurants. Klein’s bill (S.8171) would require the NYS Commissioner of Health to establish a uniform letter grading system of “A,” “B,” and “C” to classify restaurant inspection results and mandate that restaurants prominently display their letter grade for patrons.

 

June 24, 2010
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Majority Requires Landlords To Disclose Bed Bug History To Potential Tenants

The Senate Democratic Majority has passed 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. 

June 24, 2010
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Senate, Assembly Unanimously Pass Legislation Ensuring Safe Child Products

Tough measures on the manufacture and sale of child products containing BPA

June 24, 2010
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The State Senate Democratic Majority Passes Bill S7399 Requiring Lenders to Provide Consumers with a Mortgage Bill of Rights Sponsored by Senator Jose Peralta, Chair of the Consumer Protection Committee

(Albany, NY) The State Senate Democratic Majority has passed legislation sponsored by State Senator Jose Peralta (D-Queens), Chair of the Consumer Protection Committee, requiring mortgage lenders and brokers to provide consumers with a Mortgage Bill of Rights - a pamphlet that must be signed by the consumer prior to mortgage application 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.

June 23, 2010
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The State Senate Democratic Majority Passes Bill S 7300-A Requiring Car Dealers To Pay Balances in a Timely Manner Sponsored by Senator Jose Peralta, Chair of the Consumer Protection Committee

(Albany, NY) The State Senate Democratic Majority has passed legislation sponsored by State Senator Jose Peralta (D-Queens), Chair of the Consumer Protection Committee, requiring car dealerships to pay preexisting balances on vehicles they purchase or accept for trade in from consumers in a timely manner.

June 22, 2010
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Senate Passes Legislation Ensuring Safe Child Products

Tough measures on the manufacture and sale of child products containing BPA

June 22, 2010
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Public Protection Budget Ensures Equal Justice For All New Yorkers

Majority adopts Interest On Lawyer Account funding in legislation

June 22, 2010
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SENATOR KRUEGER SUCCESSFULLY AMENDS FORECLOSURE LAW TO HELP OWNERS

For Immediate Release | June 15, 2010

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

(Albany, NY) – In an effort to help homeowners who are fighting foreclosure, State Senator Liz Krueger successfully sponsored and passed new legislation (S7798A) which would amend the New York State Foreclosure Prevention and Responsible Lending Act to further ensure that homeowners have an adequate opportunity to prevent foreclosure through fair, good-faith judiciary hearings.

June 16, 2010
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June 15, 2010
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Legislative Activity June 7, 2010

The Senate Democratic Majority passed legislation to maintain essential services used to support health, public safety, transportation, and education related programs, while making significant spending reductions to close the state’s budget gap. Additionally, the Senate passed key legislation to make health insurance more affordable for individuals and small businesses, and reforms to presidential elections. Maintaining Services & Operations

June 8, 2010
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Legislative Activity June 7, 2010

The Senate Democratic Majority passed legislation to maintain essential services used to support health, public safety, transportation, and education related programs, while making significant spending reductions to close the state’s budget gap. Additionally, the Senate passed key legislation to make health insurance more affordable for individuals and small businesses, and reforms to presidential elections. Maintaining Services & Operations

June 8, 2010
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Senate Majority Protects New Yorkers From Out-of-Control Health Insurance Premium Rates

Insurance Companies will be Requiredto Receive Prior Approval Before Raising Premium Rates

June 7, 2010
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