Issues: Consumer Protection

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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GALLIVAN ANNOUNCES WAYS WESTERN NEW YORKERS CAN ASSIST DOWNSTATE NEIGHBORS IMPACTED BY SUPERSTORM SANDY

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I - 59th District) today announced several ways that Western New Yorkers, and all New Yorkers, can help the massive relief effort underway in the New York City Metro Area in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy that ravaged the Eastern Seaboard last week.

Gallivan urged New Yorkers to utilize The American Red Cross and Catholic Charities, or other trusted charitable organizations who have strong track records of efficiently and effectively distributing relief aid in disaster situations.

November 5, 2012
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Grisanti Legislation To Protect Consumers Signed By Governor Cuomo

Senator Mark Grisanti (R-60) today announced that  Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed the Grisanti sponsored Bill S7652 into law to require persons or entities operating a telecommunications service system to provide notice when the caller will be charged a fee on their telephone bill.  The purpose of the new law is to prevent unsuspecting victims from dialing local information and resources telephone numbers that turn out to be telephone scams costing money.   Many, if not most times, the caller receives worthless information after making the call and then notices a “remote call forwarding” charge on their next telephone bill.  This new law requires a notice of warning of fee/charge imposition for calling certain telephone numbers. “I am pleased that

October 4, 2012
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Senator Zeldin and NY Senate Consumer Protection Committee Hold Second Hearing on Organized Retail Crime

Central Islip, N.Y. – State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I-Shirley), Chairman of the Senate Consumer Protection Committee, held his second hearing to investigate circumstances surrounding Organized Retail Crime (ORC) this past Wednesday, September 19, 2012, at the Touro Law Center in Central Islip.

The focus of the hearing was to examine methods employed by the retail industry to combat ORC and to identify solutions to better address this growing criminal enterprise throughout New York State and around the Nation.

September 21, 2012
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GOVERNOR CUOMO SIGNS BILLS TO BETTER PROTECT NEW YORKERS' PRIVACY AND COMBAT CONSUMER SCAMS

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today signed a series of bills to better protect New Yorkers' privacy and personal information, and help combat consumer scams. The new laws include measures to prohibit the hiring of inmates for any job that would give them access to the Social Security numbers of other people (A.8375-A / S.7594.A), to limit instances where entities are allowed to request New Yorkers' Social Security numbers (A.8992-A / S.6608-A), and to improve consumer regulations to prohibit prize award schemes that require a customer to make a pay-per-call service phone call (A.4365-A / S.7595).

August 17, 2012
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Identity Theft Workshop

Senator Gustavo Rivera in partnership with New York State Department of State will present an identity theft workshop for Bronxites. Identity theft continues to be one of the fastest growing crimes in the nation and this workshop will discuss identity theft schemes and how to avoid them.

Date: August 28, 2012

Time and Location:  1:30pm- 3:30pm, East Concourse Luncheon Club  236 E Tremont Ave Bronx NY 10457

August 17, 2012
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Anti-telemarketer legislation signed into law

Albany, N.Y., August 17—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) today applauded Governor Andrew Cuomo’s signing of a new law to implement stronger protections for New Yorkers from intrusive or unwanted telemarketing practices.

O’Mara strongly supported and voted in favor of the legislation (S7567), which was given final legislative approval by the Senate in mid-June.  The new law will regulate all telemarketers who do business in New York, wherever they may be located, and add new consumer protections from unwelcome prerecorded calls, known as robocalls, from telemarketers.

August 17, 2012
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO ANNOUNCES NEW LAW TO PROTECT CONSUMERS FROM INTRUSIVE TELEMARKETERS

New Law Will Regulate All Telemarketers Who Do Business in New York State

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R – Merrick) today announced that legislation he cosponsored to protect New Yorkers from telemarketing sales calls has been signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo. The new law allows the New York State Department of State to ban any telemarketing company that violates the state’s telemarketing laws from doing business in New York State.

August 15, 2012
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SENATOR LANZA ANNOUNCES NEW LAW TO MAKE INVASIVE AND UNWANTED TELEMARKETING MORE DIFFICULT IN NEW YORK STAT

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed legislation today, cosponsored by Senator Andrew J. Lanza, that will reduce telemarketing by prohibiting calls that deliver prerecorded messages unless the recipient has expressly consented to such calls and requiring telemarketers to provide call recipients with the option to put their phone number on the telemarketer’s do-not-call list.Thelegislation would also give authority to the Department of State to ban telemarketing companies that violate New York’s telemarketing laws from doing business in New York State.

August 15, 2012
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WGRZ-TV: Telemarketing With Recorded Messages To Be Banned In New York State

Telemarketers will now be prohibited from using prerecorded messages in telephone calls to New Yorkers under a law signed Tuesday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

The measure was approved by the state Legislature this year, but it won't affect one area: the automated robo calls for political campaigns.

August 15, 2012
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Identity Theft Workshop

Senator Gustavo Rivera in partnership with  New York State  Department of State will present an identity theft  workshop for Bronxites. Identity theft continues to be  one of  the fastest growing crimes in the nation and  this workshop will discuss identity theft schemes and  how to avoid them.

 

 

 

 

 

August 28, 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO ANNOUNCES NEW LAWS TO SAFEGUARD CONSUMERS

New Laws Authored by Senator Fuschillo Will Prevent Prison Inmates from Accessing Consumers’ Private Information & Prohibit Pay Per Call Prize Schemes

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) today announced that legislation he sponsored to safeguard consumers has been signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo. The new laws will prohibit prison inmates from having access to consumers’ private information and prohibit pay per call prize schemes in New York State.

August 14, 2012
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TONAWANDA NEWS: Tonawanda GOP leaders call for Medicaid fraud technology

City of Tonawanda Mayor Ron Pilozzi and Erie County Legislator Kevin Hardwick joined with state Sen. Mark Grisanti to publicly support an anti-fraud Medicaid bill at the Edward A. Rath County Office Building on Monday. The bill aims to save millions of dollars in Medicaid funds, but has repeatedly died in the State Assembly.

The bill, co-sponsored by Grisanti, would create a Medicaid identification and anti-fraud biometric technology program that would measure human body characteristics, like fingerprints, DNA, eye retinas, voice patterns and hand movements. The technologies would be used in clinics, hospitals and pharmacies to verify a patient’s identity prior to the state paying for the services.

August 13, 2012
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Public Hearing: To investigate circumstances surrounding organized retail crime and stolen goods.

Senate Standing Committee on Consumer ProtectionChair: Senator Lee M. ZeldinPublic Hearing: To investigate circumstances surrounding organized retail crime and stolen goods.Place: MultiFaith Meeting Room, Touro Law Center, 225 Eastview Drive, Central Islip, New YorkTime: 11:00 A.M.Contact: Jennifer Slagen (518) 455-3570Media Contact: Marcus Povinelli (518) 455-3570ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

September 19, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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Oppenheimer Teams with Cuomo Administration to Help Families Facing Foreclosure in Westchester

August 3, 2012

11:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Corner of Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd and Martine Ave., White Plains

Westchester County homeowners will have the opportunity to meet with mortgage foreclosure specialists from the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) on August 3rd  in White Plains. The Department’s Mobile Command Center will be available to assist homeowners already in foreclosure or at risk of foreclosure from 11 AM to 7 PM, and will be located at the intersection of Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard and Martine Avenue, in front of the Westchester County Clerk's Office.

July 12, 2012
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21 Means 21: Senator Carlucci Unveils Card Hard Campaign to Go After Fake IDs, Underage Drinking for July 4th Holiday

State Legislation Would Increase Presence of Fake ID Scanners at Bevarage Stores, Enable Store Employees to Confiscate Fake IDs

ORANGEBURG, NY In the wake of the Fourth of July holiday celebration scheduled to take place tomorrow, Senator Carlucci today joined with local law enforcement personnel, business groups, and advocates to stress the need to combat the growing problem of underage drinking during one of the “100 Deadliest Days” for teen drivers.

July 3, 2012
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FUSCHILLO LEGISLATION TO PROTECT CONSUMERS FROM PAY-PER-CALL PRIZE SCHEMES PASSED BY SENATE

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) announced today that the New York State Senate has passed legislation he sponsors to protect residents from pay-per-call prize schemes.

     “Each year, thousands of residents are targeted in pay-per-call prize schemes that promise a free prize, but ultimately swindle consumers into paying exorbitant telephone fees which often cost more than the prizes themselves. In these fraudulent ‘contests’, the clear winner is never the consumer. That’s why these schemes need to be banned in New York State,” said Senator Fuschillo.

June 21, 2012
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SENATE GIVES FINAL PASSAGE TO BILL PROTECTING CONSUMERS FROM INTRUSIVE TELEMARKETERS

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (r, C, I - Schenectady) announced that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate recently gave final legislative passage to a bill that protects New Yorkers from intrusive or unwanted telemarketing practices. The bill (S7567A) regulates all telemarketers who do business in New York, wherever they may be located, and adds new consumer protections from unwelcome prerecorded calls, known as robocalls, from telemarketers.

June 21, 2012
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