Issues: Consumer Protection

New York Senate Passes Good Government Legislation Sponsored by Senator David J. Valesky; Bill Prohibits State Agencies from Making Loans to Employees

SYRACUSE, N.Y.-- The New York State Senate passed legislation on May 12, sponsored by State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida), which would prohibit state agencies from making personal loans to employees.

The bill is the latest in a series of bills focused on good government and providing transparency and increased access to citizens.

May 21, 2009
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Senator David J. Valesky's Bill Expanding Individual Access to State Records Signed into Law

SYRACUSE, N.Y.— The Governor of New York today signed into law new legislation sponsored by State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) that will allow individuals to request record covered by the Personal Privacy Protection Law through electronic mail.  Until now, a written request had to be submitted by an individual to receive information the state may maintain about that person. 

May 21, 2009
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New York Senate Passes Legislation, Sponsored by Senator David J. Valesky, that Requires Greater Transparency for Public Authority

 SYRACUSE, N.Y.-- The New York State Senate passed legislation on April 21, sponsored by State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida), which would require the Canal Corporation to better inform the public about parcels it puts up for sale.

May 21, 2009
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New York Senate Passes Legislation Sponsored by Senator David J. Valesky Expanding Individuals’ Access to Own Records

SYRACUSE, N.Y.-- The New York State Senate passed legislation on April 21, sponsored by State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida), which would allow individuals to request information about their own records covered by the Personal Privacy Protection Law via electronic mail. Currently, a written request must be submitted.

May 21, 2009
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Cypress Hills/East New York Homeowner Fair

In these rough economic times, I am committed to helping all my constituents preserve their homes, cut costs and save money. Please join me on Saturday, June 6, 2009 at 10am at the Cypress Hills/East New York Homeowner Fair at I.S. 302, 350 Linwood Street, between Atlantic and Liberty Avenues. The Homeowner Fair will provide you with information, applications, workshops and “hands on” assistance for tapping into:

June 6, 10:00 AM - 10:00 AM
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May 5, 11:30 PM - 11:30 PM
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Check Your Phone Number’s Status On The Do-not-call Registry

 

You may have recently heard stories warning that people will be dropped off the Do-Not-Call Registry. I wanted to set the record straight.

The federal Do-Not-Call list has been in existence for almost five years now. Because registrations are valid for five years, those who signed onto the list in its early days will automatically be dropped off the list beginning in June 2008 unless they enroll again.

March 26, 2009
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Consumer Protection

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March 13, 2009
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4/09/2008: Session

Senator Huntley explains her bill S. 4463 (General Contractors Bill)

See attached bill

April 8, 2008
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9/21/2007: Alleged Fraud Closes Springfield Gardens Gym

Shewanna Dill-Darby’s gym, Curves, was filled with women working out on July 19, when Department of Buildings officials walked in and asked to see building inspection documents. It was then Dill-Darby learned the building’s temporary certificate of occupancy –– proof the building structure is suitable for the intended use –– was invalid. The certificate was obtained by her contractor Satroghaun Singh, who allegedly forged an engineer’s signature on nearly 300 documents related to building plans, according to the Queens District Attorney.

September 20, 2007
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9/21/2007: Owner Still Mopping Up Mess From Contractor

The process of trying to reopen a Curves Gym that was shuttered by the NYC Department of Buildings last July hasn’t been easy. The department told the owner of the Springfield Gardens gym, Shauwana Dill-Darby, that the certificate of occupancy was invalid because the contractor she hired allegedly forged an engineer’s signature on the documents used for its acquisition. According to Queens County District Attorney Richard Brown, the contractor, Satroghaun Singh, repeated the practice on nearly 300 other documents related to building plans in Queens.

September 20, 2007
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Information Security Breach And Notification Act Now State Law

Businesses and government agencies will soon be required to make consumers aware of security breaches now that consumer friendly legislation sponsored by Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (8th Senate District) has become law. The "Information Security Breach and Notification Act", which takes effect in early December, will require all companies and state agencies whose files containing consumers’ private financial information are acquired by unauthorized individuals to notify those consumers in New York State.

August 11, 2005
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