Issues: Consumer Protection

SENATOR FUSCHILLO WARNS NEW YORKERS ABOUT DECEPTIVE STAR PROGRAM SOLICITATIONS

Letters Offer to Complete Free STAR Application at a Cost

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) today advised taxpayers to beware of solicitations offering a fee-based service to apply for the School Tax Relief (STAR) property tax exemption – when homeowners can apply for free.

November 8, 2013
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Stop Telemarketer Calls and Get Rid of Junk Mail

No one likes receiving unwanted sales calls or wasteful junk mail. I want to remind you how you can put an end to junk mail and annoying telemarketer calls.

October 29, 2013
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Senator Valesky to Hold Free Senior Fair Oct. 16

SYRACUSE – State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) is hosting a Senior Information Fair on Wednesday, October 16, from 10:00 a.m.

October 3, 2013
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Senator Valesky Senior Fair

Watch this video for details on Senator Valesky's upcoming Senior Information Fair on Wednesday, October 16, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Kallet Civic Center in Oneida.

October 1, 2013
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO ANNOUNCES NEW LAW TO STRENGTHEN NEW YORK STATE’S DROP-SIDE CRIB BAN

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) recently announced that legislation he sponsored to strengthen New York State’s ban on dangerous drop-side cribs has been signed into law by Governor Cuomo. The law expands the state’s existing drop-side crib ban to prohibit drop-side cribs from being used at child-care facilities and other places of public accommodation and ensures that New York’s law conforms with federal regulations. 

September 30, 2013
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO WARNS CONSUMERS ABOUT NEW TEXT MESSAGE IDENTITY THEFT SCAM

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) is alerting consumers about a new scam in which identity thieves steal consumers identities through text messages.

     The thieves send victims text messages which appear to be from financial institutions, utility companies or cell phone service providers.  The text messages prompt recipients to click on an imbedded link or call the listed number. When consumers reply, they are then prompted to share personal identifiable information such as a PIN or social security number.

September 6, 2013
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO WARNS CONSUMERS ABOUT NEW IDENTITY THEFT SCAM

Scammers Claiming to Represent National Do Not Call Registry in Order to Steal Individuals Personal Information

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) is alerting consumers about a scam in which criminals pretend to be representatives of the National Do Not Call Registry in order to steal consumers’ identities.

August 28, 2013
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Consumer Alert: New Yorkers Be Wary of Growing Trend of Child-Identity Theft

The NYS Division of Consumer Protection is alerting parents, guardians and young adults about a growing trend of child-identity theft. These victims may not discover their identities have been stolen until they begin applying for loans, credit card accounts, or renting their first apartment.

Child identity theft is the assumption of an identity through the use of a minor’s personal information and social security number.

August 20, 2013
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO WARNS PARENTS ABOUT THE GROWING TREND OF CHILD-IDENTITY THEFT

Thieves Targeting Children’s Personal Information & Social Security Numbers to Create False Identities

    Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) today alerted parents, guardians and young adults about a growing trend of child identity theft. These victims may not discover their identities have been stolen until years later when they begin applying for loans, credit card accounts, or renting their first apartment.

August 15, 2013
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Consumer Protection Alert

The state is taking steps to warn parents, guardians, and young adults about the growing trend of child-identity theft.

August 15, 2013
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO ANNOUNCES NEW LAW TO PROTECT CONSUMERS WHEN PURCHASING PETS

New Law Provides Consumers with More Information on the Origins of Their Pet

          Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) recently announced that legislation he supported that would allow consumers more protections when purchasing a pet, has been signed into law by Governor Cuomo. The new law would provide consumers with more information about the origins of their pet, and more protections should their pet become ill, under what is known as the “pet lemon law”.

August 2, 2013
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ZELDIN AND DINOWITZ WORK TOGETHER TO PROTECT CONSUMERS AGAINST COUNTERFEIT AIRBAGS

ZELDIN AND DINOWITZ WORK TOGETHER TO PROTECT CONSUMERS AGAINST COUNTERFEIT AIRBAGS

ALBANY- Chairman of the Senate Consumer Protection Committee, Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R-C-I, Shirley), and Chairman of the Assembly Consumer Affairs and Protection Committee, Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz (D-Bronx), today announced that their legislation, the Counterfeit Airbag Prevention Act (S. 5037-B/A.6378-B), was signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo. The law, which goes into effect in November, aims to protect unsuspecting consumers from the installation of potentially fatal counterfeit airbags.

August 1, 2013
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Senate Majority Coalition Leader Jeff Klein, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, and Assemblywoman Helene Weinstein Take Aim at Big Banks Exploiting Foreclosure Victims

BRONX, NY – Alongside Bronx foreclosure victim Daisy Vargas—and the four generations of family members who call her Castle Hill residence home—top elected leaders highlighted recently passed legislation aimed at preserving important homeowner rights during the foreclosu

July 25, 2013
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Senator Carlucci Calls on the Public Service Commission to Reject Costly Rate Hike Proposal by United Water

NEW CITY  – Senator David Carlucci (D-Rockland/Westchester) today joined with Rockland residents to urge the state Public Service Commission (PSC) to formally reject United Water’s latest rate hike proposal dealt to its customers.   If allowed to proceed, by next June, this would saddle an average family of four with an annual increase of $144 dollars per year on their water bill.  This means that a family can see their total water bill payment skyrocket to an astonishing $880.71 annually.

July 8, 2013
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SIGN UP FOR CONSUMER SAFETY ALERTS

 

Many different types of products, from children's toys and baby products to appliances, are recalled for safety reasons. Fortunately, there is an easy way to keep track of these products so that you can keep your family safe.

The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) allows consumers to view listings of product recalls. Recalls can be searched by company name or product type (toys, baby and child items, home and garden, etc.). You can also sign up to receive email alerts about product recalls.

In addition, you can also report products you believe to be unsafe to the CPSC.

June 26, 2013
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Summary of 2013 Senate Legislative Action

 

2013-2014 NEW YORK STATE BUDGET

 

The New York State Senate approved the 2013-14 state budget that delivers on priorities outlined by the Senate Republican Conference to provide much-needed tax relief for middle-class families, help businesses create jobs, and, for the third consecutive year, the budget keeps spending growth below two percent, which is consistent with the local spending cap that applies to school districts and local governments.  It was also the third consecutive budget approved prior to the April 1 deadline.

 

June 24, 2013
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ZELDIN BILL TO PROTECT CONSUMERS AGAINST COUNTERFEIT AIRBAGS PASSES SENATE AND ASSEMBLY

ALBANY- Chairman of the Senate Consumer Protection Committee, Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R-C-I, Shirley), today announced that the State Senate has passed his legislation, the Counterfeit Airbag Prevention Act (S. 5037-B), to protect unsuspecting consumers from the installation of potentially fatal counterfeit airbags.

Since 2010, when U.S. customs intercepted over 300 counterfeit airbags manufactured at Guangzhou Global Auto parts, and bearing the logos of Honda, BMW, Lexus, and Audi, the US has become aware of a growing proliferation of counterfeit automobile parts.

June 20, 2013
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Senator Farley Supported Bill to Stop Sales of Lighters That Look Like Toys

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) reports that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate today passed a bill to promote fire safety by prohibiting the sale and distribution of novelty lighters. The Gloversville Common Council asked Senator Farley to support this bill (S933A) that would remove novelty lighters - which have features like music, lights, and toy-like designs – from store shelves and prevent them from getting into the hands of children who may not understand the fire risk.

June 13, 2013
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