CONSUMER AFFAIRS COMMISSIONER GRETCHEN
DYKSTRA ANNOUNCES INITIATIVE TO PROTECT NEW YORKERS FROM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 11, 2005
New York City Department of Consumer Affairs Commissioner
Gretchen Dykstra, joined by community leaders and elected
officials, today announced an initiative to protect New
Yorkers observing the Passover holiday from overcharges.
Any New Yorker who suspects overcharging on Kosher-for-Passover
items should call 311, the Citys 24-hour Citizen
Service Hotline, or file out a complaint online at www.nyc.gov/consumers.
DCA inspectors will be on alert to investigate any complaints
received now through May 1. The announcement was made
at Supersol Kosher Supermarket in Manhattan.
Stores should not use the holiday as a time to
take advantage of consumers and jack up prices,
said Commissioner Dykstra. Beginning today and throughout
Passover, were urging consumers to report any overcharges
on Kosher-for-Passover items by calling 311 or going to
our website. In past years most stores have treated observant
New Yorkers fairly. However, its an effective deterrent
to conduct soup-to-nuts inspections of any stores reported.
During the special holiday season of Passover,
it is difficult for middle-income families to make ends
meet. For the poor and near-poor it is almost impossible.
The Department of Consumer's efforts to make this holiday
affordable is a great service, said William E. Rapfogel,
Executive Director / CEO of the Metropolitan Council on
At Passover, observant New Yorkers are restricted
in their shopping options. I commend New York businesses
who respect this and maintain fair pricing, said
Councilmember Gale Brewer. Anyone who thinks they
have been overcharged should call 311 so DCA can conduct
a complete inspection.
Its never acceptable to take advantage of
consumers. But it is especially unconscionable to do so
during the Holidays. The Bloomberg administration is to
be commended for their continued resolve in fighting price
gouging, said Councilmember Simcha Felder.