Issues: Consumer Protection

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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Senate Passes Bill to Stop Sales of Lighters That Look Like Toys

The New York State Senate today passed a bill to promote fire safety by prohibiting the sale and distribution of novelty lighters.

June 13, 2013
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SEN. FARLEY REPORTS SENATE PASSES LEGISLATION TO PROTECT PET OWNERS

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) reported the New York State Senate today passed a bill that would allow consumers more protections when purchasing a pet. The bill (S.3723B) 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.”

The pet lemon law gives rights to consumers on their newly purchased pets. If a pet is diagnosed with a congenital malformation, is ill, or has a contagious infection or disease, the law covers consumers within fourteen business days. However, many times these congenital defects or illnesses do not show up in very young animals.

June 12, 2013
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New York State Senate Passes Klein Bill to Stop Homeowner Insurance Scams

ALBANY, NEW YORK – On Tuesday, the New York Senate passed legislation to protect homeowners from insurance scams by establishing a strict firewall between public adjusters and contractors. The legislation (S.3771A) was written by Senator Klein in response to a series of complaints filed by homeowners against City Island-based Adjustrite, a contracting firm that had established a coordinated scheme whereby a public adjuster directed homeowners to a local contractor with whom he worked and had a nefarious financial arrangement. The bill, known as the “Gayla Marsh Bill,” was named after Gayla Marsh, who fell victim to Adjustrite. Her son, Chancy Marsh, notified Senator Klein’s office and, together, identified other victims of Adjustrite.

June 11, 2013
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Senate Passes Legislation to Protect Pet Owners by Strengthening Pet Lemon Law

The New York State Senate today passed a bill that would allow consumers more protections when purchasing a pet.

June 11, 2013
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Senator Flanagan Works To Protect Pet Owners

The New York State Senate today passed legislation sponsored by Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) that  would allow consumers more protections when purchasing a pet.  The bill (S.3723B) 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”.

June 11, 2013
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Committee Meeting: Consumer Protection Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Consumer Protection Senator Lee Zeldin, Chair 10:00 AM, Wednesday, June 5, 2013 Room 801 LOB

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June 5, 10:00 AM - 10:03 AM
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SEN. FARLEY REPORTS SENATE PASSES BILL TO PROTECT CHILDREN FROM JEWELRY MADE WITH HARMFUL MATERIALS

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) reported the New York State Senate recently passed legislation that creates comprehensive safety requirements for children’s jewelry to prevent exposure to harmful materials. The bill (S3947) regulates heavy metals, magnets, and batteries in jewelry intended for use by children aged 12 and younger, consistent with the federal Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act.

Children can be exposed to harmful substances in jewelry by accidentally swallowing a piece of jewelry or by putting it in their mouth. When the jewelry becomes bitten, scratched, or damaged - which is likely with continued use by young children - exposure risk increases.

May 29, 2013
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Senate Passes Bill to Protect Children From Jewelry Made With Harmful Metals

The New York State Senate today passed legislation that creates comprehensive safety requirements for children’s jewelry to prevent exposure to harmful materials.

May 23, 2013
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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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