Jack M. Martins's posts related to Consumer Protection

Senator Martins Brings NYLAG Mobile Legal Help Center to Westbury Library

Senator Jack M. Martins welcomed the New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG) mobile legal help center to the Westbury Memorial Library on Friday, March 2. Volunteers from NYLAG provided counseling on credit harassment, identity theft, collection actions and debt management.

NYLAG is a not-for-profit law office founded in 1990 to provide free civil legal counseling services to New Yorkers. For more information on NYLAG, visit their website at nylag.org.

Senator Martins Announces Home Mortgage Safety Seminar at Elmont Public Library

State Senator Jack M. Martins announced that he has joined with Governor Andrew Cuomo, Bethpage Federal Credit Union and Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s offices in sponsoring a “Home Mortgage Safety Seminar” at the Elmont Public Library on Saturday, March 10th. The seminar begins at 10:30am and runs until 12 noon. The program is part of a series of community outreach initiatives by Senator Martins targeted towards working families and seniors who may not be able to access governmental offices during the work week.


Senator Martins, FASNY Seek Ban on Novelty Lighters

Dangerous Lighters Resemble Childrens' Toys

Senator Jack Martins, FASNY 1st Vice President Bob McConville, along with firefighter organizations, including the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York (FASNY), and the Office of Fire Prevention and Control (OFPC) teamed up with consumer advocates at the New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG) to urge a on ban novelty lighters, flame-producing lighters that resemble kids’ toys, to prevent tragic fires started by children playing with objects that look identical to their playthings.



     With consumers being forced to spend more and more to heat their homes with home heating fuel oil, Senator Jack M. Martins (R-Mineola) today introduced legislation creating new protections for home heating fuel oil customers. The legislation would create a statewide consumer complaint hotline and require home heating oil companies to inform their customers about cost-saving steps that can help them lower their bills.



     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) is warning consumers about a new scam in which thieves steal from people by tricking them into paying fraudulent tax debts. 

     According to the New York State Attorney General’s Office, scammers have been calling residents, claiming they owe back taxes and promising to settle the alleged debt for a portion of the owed amount. These scammers are also reportedly using high-pressure tactics to intimidate victims into paying.

     Residents should remember the following tips from the Attorney General's Office to avoid falling victim to this scam:


Join the Fight to Ban Gun Grip Cell Phone Cases

Please join Senator Martins in fighting to ban cell phone cases which are shaped like handguns.

Recent media reports noted that the “gun grip” cases can be easily purchased for as little as $10. They are shaped like pistols and revolvers, complete with triggers, and come in colors including black or silver, making them very hard to distinguish from a real gun. Sometimes the devices even come with apps that allow the user to play simulated games of Russian Roulette. The New York City Police Department (NYPD) and Nassau County Police Department recently warned about the dangers these “gun grip” cases pose to both residents and police officers.