Issues: Consumer Protection

Senator Gallivan Blasts Thruway Authority's Plan To Hike Tolls On Truckers

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I – 59th District) spoke out today against the New York State Thruway Authority’s recently announced plan to increase Thruway tolls 45 percent on commercial vehicles with three or more axles.

June 1, 2012
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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

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) announced that legislation he sponsored to help prevent the resale of stolen goods through itinerant vendors has been passed by the New York State Senate.

     Senator Fuschillo’s legislation (S525A) would expand the current law prohibiting itinerant vendors from selling baby food and over the counter medications to also include batteries and cosmetics. These items are prime targets of organized retail theft gangs which steal large quantities of them and resell them through itinerant vendors, like those at flea markets.

May 30, 2012
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SENATOR SALAND’S BILL TO CRIMINALIZE THEFT OF CREDIT AND DEBIT CARD NUMBERS HAS PASSED SENATE

Senator Steve Saland (R, I, C – Poughkeepsie) today announced that his bill to include theft of credit and debit card numbers within the crime of grand larceny in the fourth degree (S.1411) has passed the Senate.

“Credit card thieves continue to become more savvy and creative. In years past when shopping was always done in person in a store, a thief had to actually possess a stolen credit card to use it fraudulently,” said Senator Saland. “Now that we shop by phone and over the Internet, it’s no longer necessary to swipe your credit card to make a purchase. Surprisingly, while it is against the law to steal credit card, it is not against the law to steal a credit card number.”

May 30, 2012
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Senator Lee Zeldin Targets Organized Retail Crimes

State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley), Chairman of the Senate Consumer Protection Committee, announced legislative action on a bill package designed to crack down on Organized Retail Crime (ORC). The legislation (S.6954-A, S.6955-A, S.6956, S.6957-A, S.6958-B and S6959-A) passed in today’s committee meeting and will now be reported to the Senate floor for final approval.

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.

May 30, 2012
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Committee Meeting: Consumer Protection Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Consumer Protection Senator Lee Zeldin, Chair 1:00 PM, Wednesday, May 30, 2012 Room 801 LOB

May 30, 1:00 PM - 1:04 PM
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Klein, Dinowitz, Community Celebrate Closure of Objectionable Massage Parlor in Riverdale

Months Long Investigation Results In Closure Order

 

RIVERDALE, BRONX, N.Y. –  Senator Jeffrey D. Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) joined with Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz (D-Bronx) and leaders in the Riverdale Community to celebrate the closure of “New Healing Touch” massage parlor which has long been a source of concern to many in the surrounding area.  The parlor was closed after two arrests in the last six months for prostitution.  Senator Klein wrote to Commissioner Raymond Kelly in December of last year asking that the site be investigated.

 

May 24, 2012
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Public Hearing: To investigate circumstances surrounding organized retail crime and stolen goods; to examine methods employed by the industry to combat these growing problems;

Senate Standing Committee on Consumer ProtectionChair: Senator Lee M. ZeldinPublic Hearing: To investigate circumstances surrounding organized retail crime and stolen goods; to examine methods employed by the industry to combat these growing problems; to assess the impact on consumers; and to discuss ways to assist law enforcement in preventing these crimesPlace: Van Buren Hearing Room A, Legislative Office Building, 2nd Floor,Albany, New YorkTime: 11:00 A.M.Contact: Jennifer Slagen (518) 455-3570Media Contact: Marcus Povinelli (518) 455-3570ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

June 5, 11:00 AM - 12:37 PM
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Buscan regular acciones de cobradores

Según ha informado El Diario:

Nueva York - El senador José Peralta, defensores de los consumidores y víctimas de los recaudadores de deudas pidieron ayer a los legisladores estatales aprueben la propuesta de ley "S-677A Consumer Credit Fairness Act".

Para el artículo completo, haga clic aquí

May 21, 2012
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Senator Peralta, New Yorkers for Responsible Lending Push for Passage of Consumer Credit Fairness Act

With third-party debt buyers taking advantage of the courts and consumers to extract hundreds of millions of dollars a year from the lowest income New Yorkers, State Senator Jose Peralta introduced legislation to prevent debt buyers from exploiting gaps in state laws.

Consumer debt buyers have filed hundreds of thousands of debt collection lawsuits over the past few years in New York State.  They buy consumer debts for pennies on the dollar and aggressively pursue payment through the courts—often suing the wrong people or consumers who paid back their debt years before.  Even in cases where a consumer may owe money, debt buyers often sue for grossly inflated amounts, padding the debts with unauthorized fees and interest.

“We’ve all heard the horror story about someone hounded relentlessly for years by debt collectors for bills that were paid off long ago, or for payments that were never owed, or for wildly high fees that would make a loan shark proud,” said Senator Peralta.  “The thuggish tactics described are so abusive, it’s hard to imagine that sort of harassment is allowed to happen in the United States.

May 17, 2012
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Senator Gianaris Pushes for More Safety Measures on Queensboro Bridge Ramps

DNAinfo.com wrote an article about a Queensboro Bridge off-ramp, which has been called a "death trap," following several auto collisions that have resulted in lawsuits and fatalities.

The dangerous Queensboro Bridge off-ramp at Queens Plaza South near Crescent Street has long been called a “death trap,” and after yet another accident there this month, state senator Michael Gianaris (D-12) wants more to be done to ensure New Yorkers safety.

 

The latest traffic accident occurred on May 1 - the fourth in a series of wrecks within a little more than a year.

 

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May 9, 2012
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Coalition forms to support Astoria energy plant’s bid to repower

The New York Daily News reports that community leaders and residents are pushing to have an Astoria power plant replace old polluting equipment with newer cleaner technology.

A coalition of community leaders and residents is pushing the state to support an Astoria power plant in its quest to replace its decades-old, dirty generators with newer, cleaner ones.

 

Smart Power NY was created to support NRG’s bid for a power purchasing contract, which will enable the company to fund its $1.5 billion repowering project.

 

NRG plans to submit a proposal to the state by May 30.

 

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State Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria), who has bemoaned the high asthma rates in the area, said this is a “win-win.”

May 9, 2012
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Committee Meeting: Consumer Protection Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Consumer Protection Senator Lee Zeldin, Chair 1:00 PM, Monday, May 21, 2012 Room 801 LOB

May 21, 1:00 PM - 1:11 PM
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FUSCHILLO LEGISLATION TO RAISE PENALTIES FOR IMPERSONATING AN ATTORNEY APPROVED BY STATE SENATE

Proposed Law Would Create Felony Charges for Imposter Lawyers

     New York State Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) announced today that the New York State Senate passed legislation he sponsors to increase penalties for people who impersonate attorneys in New York State.

May 1, 2012
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Senator Zeldin’s Gas Price Disclosure Legislation Passes Senate’s Consumer Protection Committee

Albany, NY- Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley), Chairman of the Senate Consumer Protection Committee, announced that his gas price disclosure legislation, S.7087, passed the committee today by a 9-0 vote.

April 30, 2012
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Senator Lee Zeldin Targets Gas Stations Providing Misleading Prices at Pump

Announces Details of “Buyer Beware” Legislation to Protect Gas Station Customers

Hauppauge, NY- State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley), Chairman of the Senate Consumer Protection Committee, held a press conference today detailing his legislation designed to protect consumers at the pump.

Senator Zeldin started drafting this legislation after reports surfaced across Long Island and the NYC Metro region of gas stations charging differences of at least $1, and upwards of $2, between the cash price on the street sign and the non-disclosed credit price.

April 24, 2012
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Press Conference: Senator Lee Zeldin Hosts “Buyer Beware Press Conference: Protecting Consumers at the Pump”

WHO: Senator Lee M. Zeldin, Chairman of the Consumer Protection Committee of the New York State Senate

WHAT: Announces legislation to protect consumers at the pump. Details identified gas station locations where cash-credit differentials are over $1.

WHERE: New York State Office Building in Hauppauge (Perry B Duryea, Jr. New York State Office Building, 250 Veterans Memorial Hwy, Hauppauge, NY 11788)

PRESS NOTE: Media are authorized to enter through the Rear Loading Dock, in addition to the Main Entrance. The conference will be in the Meeting Room at the end of the Cafeteria.

WHEN: Tuesday, April 24th, 2012, AT 11:00 AM

April 24, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Committee Meeting: Consumer Protection Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Consumer Protection Senator Lee Zeldin, Chair 1:00 PM, Monday, April 30, 2012 Room 801 LOB

April 30, 1:00 PM - 1:04 PM
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Governor Cuomo in Syracuse to Discuss Budget

I was pleased to join Governor Cuomo in discussing budget accomplishments for Central New York. Click the link for more details.

File: 
Gov Cuomo CNY Budget Presentation.pdf

April 5, 2012
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Senator Gallivan Addresses 2012 State Budget In Video Message

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I - 59th District) speaks to the taxpayers and families of Western New York concerning the just enacted 2012 State Budget.

April 4, 2012
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