Issues: Consumer Protection

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

Please click the file below to view the Identity Theft newsletter.

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Identity Theft

January 22, 2013
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SENATOR GIPSON ANNOUNCES COMMITTEE ASSIGNMENTS

For Immediate Release: January 18, 2013Media Contact: Daniel Torres | 845.463.0840 | Media@TerryGipsonNY.com

SENATOR GIPSON ANNOUNCES COMMITTEE ASSIGNMENTS

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY., - Dutchess and Putnam County State Senator Terry Gipson announced his committee assignments today.

January 19, 2013
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Latimer Named Ranking Member of Education Committee and Receives 5 Additional Committee Assignments

State Senator George Latimer has been named the Ranking Minority Member on the State Senate’s Education Committee, his office announced today.  Latimer will now be the leading advocate for the Democrats on educational issues in the New York State Senate.  Senator John Flanagan of Long Island is currently the Chairman of the Education Committee.  

January 17, 2013
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Senator Zeldin: New Law Protecting Social Security Numbers Takes Effect This Week

Albany, NY- New York State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley), Chairman of the Senate Consumer Protection Committee, announced that his bill, S.6608-A, which Governor Cuomo recently signed into law, takes effect this week.

The new law is designed to protect consumers from identity theft by making it illegal for individuals or businesses to request your Social Security Number (SSN) except for certain circumstances.

The Federal Trade Commission, Social Security Administration, General Accounting Office and others acknowledge that the widespread public exposure of personal information, especially SSNs, plays a significant role in identity theft.

December 14, 2012
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SQUADRON ANNOUNCES LEGISLATION TO BAN RESALE OF CHARITY TICKETS FOR PROFIT, AHEAD OF 12-12-12 SANDY RELIEF CONCERT

Squadron Legislation Would Protect Consumers, Make Illegal Reselling Charity Event Tickets For More Than Face Value

NEW YORK -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron announced legislation that would ban the reselling of charity event tickets for more than their face value, ahead of the 12-12-12 Sandy relief concert tonight at Madison Square Garden.

There have been a number of complaints from event organizers and potential concertgoers regarding tickets being resold on secondary sites for many times their face value. Money generated by ticket sales from these events is meant to go to the designated charity and to defray the costs of the shows, not to those who can resell the tickets to the highest bidder. Ticket sales for tonight's event are meant to benefit the Robin Hood Foundation’s Sandy relief efforts.

December 12, 2012
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Senator Flanagan Offers Holiday Shopping Tips

            As our region enjoys the holiday season, Senator John J.

December 5, 2012
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO HELPS RESIDENTS PROTECT THEMSELVES AGAINST CHARITY SCAMS AFTER HURRICANE SANDY

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) is providing information to residents about how to protect themselves from charity scams following Hurricane Sandy.

    “Many residents are eager to help out those in need; however criminals may use this disaster to take advantage of people’s generosity. By following a few basic steps, residents can help protect themselves from fraud and ensure that their donation goes to those in need,” said Senator Fuschillo.

     Senator Fuschillo offered the following tips, which are provided by the New York State Attorney General’s Office and the New York State Division of Consumer Protection, that consumers can follow to avoid charity scams:

November 27, 2012
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO INFORMS RESIDENTS HOW TO PROTECT THEMSELVES FROM HOME REPAIR SCAMS AFTER HURRICANE SANDY

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) is informing homeowners who sustained damage during Hurricane Sandy about precautions they should take to avoid falling victim to home repair scams.

     Senator Fuschillo offered the following tips, which are provided by the New York State Division of Consumer Protection, to residents who need to repair storm damage to their homes:

     • Avoid unlicensed contractors in Nassau and Suffolk Counties, where contractors are required to have a license. Unlicensed contractors are operating illegally in those areas;

     • Avoid contractors who show up at your doorstep unannounced or contact you through telemarketing;

November 21, 2012
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