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DCA Releases Report on the Office of Financial Empowerment’s First Three Years

DCA Releases Report on the Office of Financial Empowerment’s First Three Years
Evaluates Progress of First Program Funded by the Center for Economic Opportunity
Launched by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg in December 2006, DCA’s OFE has connected approximately 32,000 New Yorkers to financial classes and counseling, helped 226,000 New Yorkers access free or low-cost tax preparation, facilitated more than $450,000 in savings in households with low incomes through its $aveNYC Account program, advocated for stronger consumer protections in the financial services sector, and more. The report describes the multitude of financial empowerment innovations, strategies, and approaches OFE has implemented thus far—and the national implications for its work, which include building the new field of municipal financial empowerment and founding the Cities for Financial Empowerment (CFE) Coalition.
Read the report (in PDF)
Learn more about DCA’s OFE
Learn more about OFE’s initiatives and advocacy and policy
Learn more about the CFE Coalition

Did You Get a Gift Card this Holiday?

Did You Get a Gift Card this Holiday?
DCA Offers Two Quick Tips to Protect Your Present
1. Spend quickly before the card expires or fees reduce its value.
2. Check if the retailer has a registration system and register your card in case it gets lost or stolen. DCA recently submitted comments to the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System to strengthen both regulation of the gift card industry and disclosure requirements for gift cards to better protect and inform consumers.

Read DCA’s comments (in PDF)

Mayor Bloomberg Signs Legislation Increasing Penalties for Selling Illegal Fake Guns

Mayor Bloomberg Signs Legislation Increasing Penalties for Selling Illegal Fake Guns
Once the new law takes effect, DCA can increase fines and padlock repeat sellers of realistic-looking fake guns. To further protect New Yorkers, the City launched a subway advertising campaign warning about illegal imitation firearms and real guns painted to look like toys.
Read the press release
Read Commissioner Mintz's testimony
Get additional information about fake guns in English
Get additional information about fake guns en Español

DCA’s Used Car Dealer “Bait and Switch” Crackdown Leads to 63 Violations Totaling Tens of Thousands in Fines

DCA’s Used Car Dealer “Bait and Switch” Crackdown Leads to 63 Violations Totaling Tens of Thousands in Fines
DCA conducted a two-month investigation of used car dealer advertisements that appeared “too good to be true,” leading to violations to 10 dealerships for deceptive advertising. These dealers were caught advertising cars that were either unavailable or more expensive than advertised. This crackdown marks DCA’s latest effort to protect New Yorkers by ensuring that dealerships offer only legitimate deals.
Read the 12/22 press release and get car shopping tips
Read the 11/19 press release about Queens Auto Mall
Check that a used car dealer is licensed
Download Used Car Sales Consumer Guide (in PDF)
Download False Advertising: How to Spot It and Read the Fine Print (in PDF)
Learn more about auto loans

Attention: Last-Minute Shoppers

Attention: Last-Minute Shoppers
Get Tips to Shop Smart during the Holiday Crunch
As you get ready to hit the stores, DCA reminds you to:
- have a budget and stick to it
- make sure you know stores’ refund and exchange policies
- make sure you know gift cards’ terms and conditions
On Dec. 21, DCA submitted comments to the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System to strengthen both regulation of the gift card industry and disclosure requirements for gift cards to protect and inform consumers better.

Read the press release and get DCA’s full list of shopping tips
Read DCA’s comments (in PDF)

Submit Your New License Application Online!

Submit Your New License Application Online!
It's easier than ever to get started with your business. New applicants for select DCA licenses can now submit their applications online at a time and from a computer convenient to them. This service will be expanded to include additional industries in the months ahead.
Learn how to apply online

View DCA’s 40th Anniversary Exhibit Slideshow (1969-2009)

View DCA’s 40th Anniversary Exhibit Slideshow
(1969-2009)
To commemorate 40 years of service to New York City consumers and businesses, DCA mounted a permanent exhibition of Agency artifacts that is accessible to all New Yorkers in a new online slideshow.
Learn more
Read the press release

Attention: Garage and Parking Lot Licensees

Attention: Garage and Parking Lot Licensees
City's Bicycle Parking Law Is in Effect
If your business accommodates 100 or more vehicles, you must provide bicycle parking and submit Rate Information for bicycles to DCA. Note: You may apply to the Department of Buildings (DOB) for a waiver if compliance with the new requirement violates existing zoning regulations for your business.
Read the Rule and Law regarding bicycle parking in garages and parking lots (in PDF)
Download DCA's Garage and/or Parking Lot Rate Information form (in PDF)
Download DOB's Bicycle Parking Spaces Waiver Form (in PDF)