Senator Fuschillo Faults Governor Spitzer For Vetoing Law To Protect Credit Card Holders

Charles J. Fuschillo Jr.

September 12, 2007

The proposed law would have prohibited credit card companies that do business in New York from enforcing universal default provisions against New York cardholders. 

There are approximately 30 million credit cards issued to New York residents, with the average consumer holding more than four cards in their wallets.  Statistics show that the average U.S. household carries about $9,300 worth of credit card debt. 

Senior citizens, who have relied more on credit cards in recent years, are impacted greatly by universal default and other credit card practices.  According to a study by the NationalConsumerLawCenter, the average credit card debt for consumers aged 65 to 69 has skyrocketed 217 percent over the last decade to $5,844.  AARP New York supported Senator Fuschillo’s proposed law to ban universal default.


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