Issues: Consumer Protection

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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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".

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May 21, 2012

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

Senator Gianaris Pushes for More Safety Measures on Queensboro Bridge Ramps 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.




May 9, 2012

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.




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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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.

Gov Cuomo CNY Budget Presentation.pdf

April 5, 2012

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

State Passes Fiscally Responsible Budget That Respects Taxpayers

Budget Comes Early, Controls Spending and Holds The Line On Taxes

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan hailed the 2012 state budget today as lawmakers approved the spending plan ahead of the April 1st deadline, marking the second consecutive year New York State will enact an on-time budget.

“Passing a second on-time budget in as many years is indicative of the larger progress we’ve seen lately in Albany. Just as late budgets were once a symbol of dysfunction, on-time budgets are symbolic of continued progress,” the Senator said. “Even more important than passing an on-time budget, is that we passed a fiscally responsible budget that respects New York’s taxpayers and keeps the State moving forward.”

April 3, 2012

Budget Update From State Senator David J. Valesky

The New York State Legislature has completed passage of an on-time budget for the second year in a row. Though it was another challenging budget, requiring the closure of a $3.5 billion deficit, we were able to balance the budget without tax increases or fiscal gimmickry. In addition, overall spending was reduced for the second straight year, the frist time this has happened in at least three decades. 

Some highlights include:

March 30, 2012

Astoria dissected by Albany redistricting: Gianaris

An article by Times Ledger discusses the new state Senate and congressional district lines, which have met criticism from lawmakers.

Astoria lawmakers said they were disappointed by the new congressional and state Senate district lines, which splits the neighborhood across two districts.


“The maps are horrible,” said Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria). “They divide communities that should not be divided, including Astoria.”


Both of the new maps slice off part of the north section of Astoria above Ditmars Boulevard.


March 30, 2012

Prohibit Brokers and Lenders From Deceiving Borrowers

News From New York StateSenator Shirley L.

March 30, 2012

Governor Cuomo and Legislative Leaders Announce Agreement on 2012-13 State Budget

Governor Cuomo released the following announcement on March 27, 2012:

The Budget continues the Governor’s commitment to fiscal responsibility while creating jobs and strengthening communities across the state. It closes a multi-billion dollar deficit with no new taxes, fees or gimmicks, limits spending growth to two percent or below for the second year in a row, and launches the New York Works Task Force to invest billions of dollars to rebuild the state's roads, bridges, parks, and other infrastructure and create tens of thousands of jobs.

March 29, 2012


Measure Requires Enhanced Access to Safety Records

The New York State Senate today passed a measure that will help provide the public with more information about amusement parks, carnivals or county fairs so that they can make informed safety decisions. The bill (S.5868A) requires the state and amusement operators to post valuable safety information online and at a ride’s location.

March 26, 2012
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