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FUSCHILLO LEGISLATION TO PROHIBIT INMATES FROM ACCESSING SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBERS RECEIVES FINAL PASSAGE FROM SENATE

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) announced today that legislation he sponsors, which would prohibit inmates from being employed in any capacity that affords them access to the collection or processing of social security numbers, has received final passage from the New York State Senate.

     This new law would amend the Correction Law to add an additional restriction on use of inmate labor, prohibiting the collection or processing of social security numbers by prisoners.

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SENATOR FUSCHILLO ANNOUNCES PASSAGE OF LEGISLATION TO PROTECT CONSUMERS FROM INTRUSIVE TELEMARKETERS

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R – Merrick) today announced the passage of legislation to protect New Yorkers from intrusive or unwanted telemarketing practices. The legislation (S. 7567A), cosponsored by Senator Fuschillo, 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.

     In 2000, Senator Fuschillo authored the law creating New York State’s Telemarketer “Do Not Call” Registry, which gave New Yorkers the opportunity to register their home telephone numbers with the Consumer Protection Board and prohibit telemarketers from making unsolicited calls to numbers on the registry.

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FUSCHILLO LEGISLATION TO HELP COMBAT ORGANIZED RETAIL THEFT PASSED BY SENATE

Legislation Would Create New Penalties for Criminals Who Steal From Businesses Through Phony Receipts

    Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) announced today that the New York State Senate has passed legislation he sponsors which would help combat organized retail theft.

    The legislation would create new penalties for individuals who use counterfeit receipts or Uniform Product Code (UPC) labels to steal from retailers.

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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.

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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.

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PROTECT YOURSELF FROM IDENTITY THEFT

Identity theft is the number one consumer fraud complaint, affecting over 9 million Americans every year. However, there are steps that you can take to help reduce the risk of your personal information falling into the wrong hands:

STEPS TO TAKE TO PREVENT ID THEFT (from the New York State Division of Consumer Protection and the Federal Trade Commission):

* Regularly Check Your Credit Report. Consumers are entitled by law to one free copy of their credit report each year from each of the three major credit bureaus (Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion). A credit report is an important record of an individual’s finances, and is used by creditors, insurers, and other businesses when determining applications for things like credit, insurance, loans, and mortgages. Regularly checking your credit report can help you uncover and report inaccurate information or fraudulent activity. Knowing what’s in your credit report will enable you to act quickly to minimize the damage.

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Senator Fuschillo Reminds Residents to Protect Themselves from ID Theft

With identity theft ranking as the number one consumer fraud complaint, affecting 9 million people nationwide, Senator Fuschillo is reminding residents about steps they can take to protect themselves from identity thieves and scams.

“Identity thieves can create serious financial problems that can take victims weeks, months, or even years to recover from. Following a few simple steps can help consumers better protect themselves and their private information from ID thieves and consumer scams,” said Senator Fuschillo, who has authored several anti-identity theft laws.

Senator Fuschillo offered residents the following tips from the New York State Division of Consumer Protection and the Federal Trade Commission to prevent ID theft:

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SENATOR FUSCHILLO INFORMS RESIDENTS TO AVOID BECOMING VICTIMS OF CONTRACTING SCAMS IN WAKE OF HURRICANE IRENE

          With many residents having to make repairs to their homes following the damage caused by Hurricane Irene, Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) is reminding residents how they can protect themselves from becoming victims of contracting scams.

          “Many residents suffered damage to their homes which will require a contractor to fix. While most contractors are reputable and qualified professionals, there are some dishonest individuals who will try to take advantage of others in their time of need. By following a few simple steps, you can help protect yourself from becoming a victim of a contracting scam or fraud,” said Senator Fuschillo.

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SENATOR FUSCHILLO ANNOUNCES NEW LAW TO PROHIBIT SALE OF CHILD PRODUCTS CONTAINING DANGEROUS CHEMICALS

           Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) announced that Governor Andrew Cuomo recently signed legislation he supports that will prohibit the sale of child care products containing the flame retardant chemical TRIS, which has been known as a potential carcinogen and has been banned for decades from children’s clothing.  

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SENATOR FUSCHILLO INFORMS RESIDENTS HOW TO PROTECT THEMSELVES FROM CHARITY SCAMS

Following reports that a Long Island based charity allegedly spent millions of donor dollars on non-charitable expenses, Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) is reminding residents about several precautions they should take to avoid becoming victims of charity scams. 

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