Issues: Consumer Protection

Committee Meeting: Consumer Protection Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Consumer Protection Senator Lee Zeldin, Chair 1:00 PM, Monday, May 20, 2013 Room 801 LOB

May 20, 1:00 PM - 1:07 PM
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NY1: State Attorney General Cracks Down On Gas Price Gouging Following Sandy

May 2, 2013 : by Zack Fink

Four gas stations in New York State, including one in Brooklyn, are being sued by Attorney General Eric Schneiderman for allegedly price gouging customers following Hurricane Sandy, and the attorney general has reached settlements with another 25 suspected stations. NY1's Zack Fink filed the following report.

May 3, 2013
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WSJ Metropolis Blog: Attorney General Suing Gas Stations for Sandy Price Gouging

May 2, 2013 : By Joe JacksonNew York state Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced Thursday the filing of lawsuits against four gas station operators for price gouging in the wake of superstorm Sandy.The suits against one Brooklyn station and three in Long Island come after an investigation by Schneiderman’s office that spanned the six months since Sandy struck.Another 25 gas stations in counties surrounding New York City reached settlements worth $167,8450  with the attorney general’s office over price gouging.

May 2, 2013
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO’S LEGISLATION TO STRENGTHEN PENALTIES FOR SHOPLIFTERS PASSED BY SENATE

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) announced that the New York State Senate passed legislation he sponsored to raise penalties for criminals who use “booster bags” and other anti-security devices to steal merchandise from store shelves.

     “Thieves are using ‘booster bags’ to steal billions of dollars of merchandise from stores every year. Ultimately, law abiding consumers get stuck paying for these illegal shopping sprees through higher prices. Stronger laws are needed to deter individuals from using these devices to plunder store shelves and provide law enforcement greater tools to prosecute thieves,” said Senator Fuschillo.

April 29, 2013
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Committee Meeting: Consumer Protection Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Consumer Protection Senator Lee Zeldin, Chair 1:00 PM, Monday, April 29, 2013 Room 801 LOB

April 29, 1:00 PM - 1:18 PM
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SENATE PASSES FIVE ZELDIN BILLS TARGETING ORGANIZED RETAIL CRIME

The New York State Senate today passed a package of legislation, sponsored by Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R-C-I, Shirley), that would crack downn on anyone participating in Organized Retail Crime.

April 22, 2013
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With States Rapidly Legalizing Online-Gaming, Senator Kennedy Calls on the New York State Gaming Commission to Investigate Bad Actors

Kennedy says International, Online Gaming Sites have been Circumventing the Law for Years. 

With 10 States Already Legalizing or Looking to Legalize  Online-Gaming; Predatory Sites will Have Easier Access to the NYS Market. 

Kennedy: Online Predators are Stacking the Deck and Consumers are Losing. 

April 19, 2013
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SENATOR GALLIVAN REACTS TO DEC CONSENT ORDER WITH HILLCREST INDUSTRIES

Applauds Funding Of Attica Community Environmental Benefit Project

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I – Elma) welcomed news this week that the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has finalized its consent order with Hillcrest Industries of Attica.

“The DEC consent order hopefully marks the beginning of the end of this long and arduous process that has tested the patience of the Attica community. I am especially pleased to see that the financial penalty levied against Hillcrest Industries will be used to fund an Environmental Benefit Project within the community, rather than merely transfer to the DEC’s bank account in Albany,” Senator Gallivan said.

April 12, 2013
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STATE BUDGET PROVIDES REAL TAX RELIEF FOR MIDDLE CLASS FAMILIES AND BUSINESSES, ADDRESSES CHALLENGES FACING UPSTATE

ALBANY - The New York State Senate has passed the State Budget on time for the third consecutive year, Senator Patrick M. Gallivan announced today. The spending plan adheres to a self-imposed two percent spending cap, contains significant tax relief for middle-class families and businesses, and also addresses some of the unique challenges facing Western New York.

March 27, 2013
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SENATE PASSES SENATOR FUSCHILLO’S LEGISLATION TO HELP COMBAT ORGANIZED RETAIL THEFT

Legislation Would Create New Penalties for Thieves Who Use Phony Receipts to Steal From Businesses

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) announced today that the New York State Senate passed legislation he sponsors to help combat organized retail theft, a crime which costs businesses and law abiding consumers billion of dollars each year.

     The legislation would create new penalties for individuals who use counterfeit receipts or Uniform Product Code (UPC) labels to steal from retailers.

March 26, 2013
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Legislative Update

I spoke with Cypress Hills Local Development Corp. Homeownership Director, Lisa Maldonado for this week's Legislative Update.

March 22, 2013
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Committee Meeting: Consumer Protection Meeting

 Senate Standing Committee on Consumer Protection Senator Lee Zeldin, Chair 1:00 PM, Monday, March 18, 2013 Room 801 LOB

March 18, 1:00 PM - 1:07 PM
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Senator Martins, FASNY Seek Ban on Novelty Lighters

Dangerous Lighters Resemble Childrens' Toys

Senator Jack Martins, FASNY 1st Vice President Bob McConville, along with firefighter organizations, including the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York (FASNY), and the Office of Fire Prevention and Control (OFPC) teamed up with consumer advocates at the New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG) to urge a on ban novelty lighters, flame-producing lighters that resemble kids’ toys, to prevent tragic fires started by children playing with objects that look identical to their playthings.

March 7, 2013
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FUSCHILLO LEGISLATION TO HELP PREVENT RESALE OF STOLEN GOODS PASSED BY SENATE

Legislation Would Make it Harder for Professional Shoplifters to Resell Stolen Goods through Itinerant Vendors

March 5, 2013
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Department of Financial Services to Speek Resolution of Insurance Claims in Areas Affected by SANDY

The NYS Department of Financial Services (DFS) is setting new rules to speed the processing of insurance claims in areas affected by Storm Sandy. The new regulation reduces the amount of time an insurer can delay its decision on a claim, and requires insurers to report to the Department on how many claims it is delaying and the reasons for the delays.

February 27, 2013
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Committee Meeting: Consumer Protection Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Consumer Protection Senator Lee Zeldin, Chair 1:00 PM, Wednesday, February 27, 2013 Room 801 LOB

February 27, 1:00 PM - 1:08 PM
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Senator Klein and Health Officials, Four Loko Agrees to Change Misleading Packaging and Labeling

NEW YORK, NY – After over a year of pressure by State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester), the Independent Democratic Conference, and other health advocacy organizations, the makers of popular alcoholic malt beverage Four Loko, have agreed to make significant changes to their packaging.  On Tuesday, the Federal Trade Commission said that the creators, Chicago based Phusion Projects, would be required to place an “alcohol facts panel” in the back of their malt-flavored beverages.  The containers will also be re-packaged so they can be resealed, a measure that experts say will reduce the likelihood of customers guzzling down the beverage in one short sitting. 

 

February 14, 2013
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Governor Cuomo Outlines 2013-2014 Executive Budget to Maintain Fiscal Responsibility and Continue to Invest in Economic Growth

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo unveiled the proposed 2013-14Executive Budget and Management Plan that builds on two years of balanced, fiscally responsible budgeting and invests in economic development, education reform, rebuilding after Superstorm Sandy, provides support to local governments and school districts, and includes no new taxes or fees.

Highlights of the Executive Budget:

· Eliminates $1.3 billion budget gap with no new taxes or fees. The expected gap for 2013-14 was projected to be $17.4 billion prior to the last two responsible budgets.

· Holds spending increases below 2 percent for third consecutive year.

January 23, 2013
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STATEMENT FROM STATE SEN. PATRICK M. GALLIVAN REGARDING GOVERNOR CUOMO’S 2013 STATE BUDGET PROPOSAL

Review The Governor's Proposal Yourself: openbudget.ny.gov

“State government has been able to change direction the last two years largely because Albany has adopted a course of fiscal prudence. Today’s budget proposal demonstrates the Governor’s continued commitment to financial responsibility, keeping state spending growth below two percent while closing a $1.35 billion budget deficit without proposing any new taxes.”

January 23, 2013
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September 2012 Newsletter - Identity Theft

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January 22, 2013
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