Issues: Consumer Protection

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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Welfare reform bill passes New York State Senate; Senator Grisanti was co-sponsor of legislation

The New York Senate today passed the “Public Assistance Integrity Act” which will protect public assistance for welfare recipients from being used to purchase cigarettes, alcoholic beverages, lottery tickets or for casino gambling. Present law allows cash assistance purchases of these items.  The Bill S.7671 which was sponsored by State Senator Thomas W. Libous, Senate Deputy Majority Leader, and co-sponsored by Senator Grisanti (R-Buffalo) stops individuals receiving welfare from using the EBT card to make ATM withdrawals from certain places including liquor stores, casinos and strip clubs.

June 20, 2012
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SENATE PASSES FUSCHILLO LEGISLATION TO PROTECT CONSUMERS FROM BEING CHARGED TO OBTAIN UNCLAIMED FUNDS IN THEIR NAME

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) today announced that the New York State Senate passed legislation he sponsors to protect consumers from being charged to obtain unclaimed funds. The legislation would require companies that charge a fee to obtain a consumer’s unclaimed funds to inform that person that they can obtain the funds on their own free of charge.

June 19, 2012
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Grisanti Bill Protects Consumers From Telephone Scammers

Senator Mark Grisanti (R-60) today announced that the Senate has passed his bill S7652 which amends the general business 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 this bill is to prevent unsuspecting victims from dialing information and resources telephone numbers that turn out to be telephone scams that cost money.   Scammers often use an ad with a local number that is transferred to a pay-per-call line

June 19, 2012
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New York State Senate Passes Legislative Package To Crack Down on Organized Retail Crime

State Senator Lee Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley), Chairman of the Senate Consumer Protection Committee, announced Senate passage today of his legislative bill package designed to crack down on Organized Retail Crime (ORC).

According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, organized retail theft is an industry that costs United States retailers about $30 billion per year. Supermarket losses account for $15 billion of that annual theft. Additionally, state and local governments are losing out on tens of millions of dollars annually in lost sales tax and excise fee revenue.

The legislative package consists of five bills:

S.6956-A:

June 18, 2012
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO ADDRESS COSTLY TELEPHONE SCAMS

SENATE PASSES BILL TO ADDRESS COSTLY TELEPHONE SCAMSLegislation Protects Consumers From “Remote Call Forwarding” Charges    The New York State Senate today passed a bill to stop scammers from charging phone customers who are unwittingly forwarded to additional and costly phone numbers. The bill (S7652), sponsored by Senator Mark Grisanti (R, North Buffalo), requires better notification if consumers calling a phone number for information are then prompted to call a second number that charges hefty fees.

June 18, 2012
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Senate Passes Bill to Address Costly Telephone Scams

The New York State Senate today passed a bill to stop scammers from charging phone customers who are unwittingly forwarded to additional and costly phone numbers. The bill (S7652), sponsored by Senator Mark Grisanti (R, North Buffalo), requires better notification if consumers calling a phone number for information are then prompted to call a second number that charges hefty fees.

June 18, 2012
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