NYPIRG http://wrvo.org en Consumer watchdog says some auto insurers discriminate http://wrvo.org/post/consumer-watchdog-says-some-auto-insurers-discriminate <p></p><p>A public watchdog group is charging that several large auto insurance companies discriminate against minority and low-income customers.</p><p>The New York Public Interest Research Group, or NYPIRG, says it analyzed the billing practices of the five largest auto insurers in New York by getting quotes based on different customer profiles.</p><p>"Auto insurance rates should be based on how you drive, not who you are," said NYPIRG consumer advocate Andy Morrison.</p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 01:42:21 +0000 Ryan Delaney 53737 at http://wrvo.org Consumer watchdog says some auto insurers discriminate Activists take to their smartphones to webcast Assembly meetings http://wrvo.org/post/activists-take-their-smartphones-webcast-assembly-meetings <p></p><p>Government reform activists took their smartphones into Assembly Committee meetings to live stream meetings that so far have not been available online to the public.<br /><br />To mark what’s known as Sunshine Week, to promote a more open government, the activists took their smartphones into several Assembly Committee meetings. Using simple software, they pressed record and streamed the proceedings live on the Internet.</p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 10:54:58 +0000 Karen DeWitt 52977 at http://wrvo.org Activists take to their smartphones to webcast Assembly meetings Dangerous toys list released for holiday season http://wrvo.org/post/dangerous-toys-list-released-holiday-season <p></p> Wed, 18 Dec 2013 12:28:53 +0000 Ellen Abbott 48735 at http://wrvo.org Dangerous toys list released for holiday season Lawmakers passing fewer bills, more Constitutional Amendments, analysis shows http://wrvo.org/post/lawmakers-passing-fewer-bills-more-constitutional-amendments-analysis-shows <p></p> Fri, 05 Jul 2013 10:36:00 +0000 Karen DeWitt 40521 at http://wrvo.org Cuomo's Moreland Act Commission -- potential and pitfalls http://wrvo.org/post/cuomos-moreland-act-commission-potential-and-pitfalls <p>Gov. Andrew Cuomo, frustrated by what he says is the failure of the legislature to agree to a reform package, says he’ll follow through with a threat to investigate the legislature, using special powers given to him under the state’s Moreland Act. But there are potential limitations built into the act.</p><p>Cuomo says he did not want to compromise on a reform package that includes public campaign financing, and new prosecutorial powers for the state’s district attorneys to root out public corruption.</p> Fri, 21 Jun 2013 11:52:11 +0000 Karen DeWitt 39924 at http://wrvo.org Anti-hydrofracking activists try to get students involved in movement http://wrvo.org/post/anti-hydrofracking-activists-try-get-students-involved-movement <p>As the controversy over hydrofracking drags on in New York state, opponents of the drilling method are trying to get more college students involved in the debate.&nbsp; NYPIRG project coordinator Nicole Saint James is recruiting students at Syracuse University to help put more pressure on Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Mon, 04 Mar 2013 21:10:43 +0000 Ellen Abbott 34228 at http://wrvo.org Anti-hydrofracking activists try to get students involved in movement Group lists dangerous toys to avoid this holiday season http://wrvo.org/post/group-lists-dangerous-toys-avoid-holiday-season <p>With the holiday gift buying season fully underway, advocacy groups say there are toys on store shelves across New York state that are dangerous to young children. The New York Public Interest Research Group has come up with it's yearly list of treacherous toys for the season. Thu, 06 Dec 2012 21:14:11 +0000 Ellen Abbott 30164 at http://wrvo.org Group lists dangerous toys to avoid this holiday season State legislature approves historically low number of bills http://wrvo.org/post/state-legislature-approves-historically-low-number-bills <p>According to an analysis by the New York Public Interest Research Group, the 2012 session resulted in 571 pieces of legislation approved by both houses of the New York state legislature. &nbsp;<br /><br /> Tue, 03 Jul 2012 13:05:27 +0000 Karen DeWitt 21968 at http://wrvo.org