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2003 Press Releases

DCA Cites Frozen Dessert Retailer Cremalita for Fudging Calorie and Fat Content Claims - December 30, 2003
Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs and NYC Department of Consumer Affairs Provide Tips to Prevent Potential Scams - December 17, 2003
Consumer Affairs Offers Holiday Shopping Tips - November 25, 2003
DCA Officially Opens Brooklyn and Staten Island Enforcement Offices - October 30, 2003
DCA Officially Opens Bronx Enforcement Office - October 28, 2003
DCA Report Finds Inconsistent Prices, No Disclosure, And Unclear Regulation Of Money Transfer Industry - October 20, 2003
Consumer Affairs Reminds Homeowners To Be Vigilant When Purchasing Heating Oil This Winter - October 15, 2003
DCA Seizes Four Vehicles In Staten Island Contractor Stings - October 6, 2003
DCA Collects $16,500 From Party Fair Stores For Sale And Display Of Imitation And Toy Guns - October 1, 2003
DCA Seizes 12 Vehicles In Queens Contractor Sting - September 4, 2003
Consumer Affairs Urges New Yorkers Not To Pay For Free Con Edison Food Spoilage Reimbursement Forms - August 28, 2003

Consumer Affairs Cracks Down On Deceptive And Misleading Auto Advertisements - August 21, 2003

Officials Urge New York’s Elderly To Be Vigilant Against Consumer Scams As Part Of “New York City Fraud Against Senior Citizens Week” - August 6, 2003

Consumer Affairs Holds Citywide ‘Business Education Day’ To Inform Businesses On Consumer Protection Laws - August 5, 2003

DCA Collects $150,000 From Party City For Sale and Display of Imitation Guns - July 23, 2003

Inspectors from the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs led a sweep of a sidewalk stand located in the Marine Park section of Brooklyn. - July 23, 2003

The New York City Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) today launched a new online database, providing a comprehensive listing of all licensed home improvement contractors. - July 16, 2003

The New York City Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) today announced an agreement with The Sports Authority, Inc., in which the company will pay $20,000 in fines to the City to settle charges of selling, and offering to sell, imitation guns at the store's two Queens locations. - July 11, 2003

New York City Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) Commissioner Gretchen Dykstra today announced a public hearing to discuss the City's cabaret laws. The public hearing will be held on Tuesday, June 24 from 2:30PM - 9:00PM at New York Law School, located at 57 Worth Street in Manhattan. - June 18, 2003

New York City Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) Commissioner Gretchen Dykstra today announced a settlement of more than $600,000 in consumer restitution and fines in the agency's lawsuit against Better Homes Depot, a New York-based real estate company, for allegedly misleading many first time homebuyers and engaging in deceptive trade practices. - May 22, 2003

Eighty kids participating in the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) Youth Tobacco Enforcement Program went undercover with agency inspectors to pound the pavement last week inspecting nearly 800 tobacco retailers citywide for underage sales. - April 14, 2003

With just two weeks remaining in the tax season, the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) conducted a survey finding 56% of the tax preparers visited did not provide the Taxpayer's Bill of Rights when asked, as required by law. - April 14, 2003

New York City Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) Commissioner Gretchen Dykstra announced today the creation of a new, more accurate professional exam for the City’s approximately 1,300 licensed tour guides. - April 6, 2003

In order to protect New Yorkers observing the Passover holiday, New York City Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) Commissioner Gretchen Dykstra, joined by State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, community leaders and other elected officials, announced today that consumers should report any overcharges on Kosher-for-Passover items to DCA by calling 311, the City’s citizen service hotline - April 6, 2003

New York City Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) Commissioner Gretchen Dykstra today announced final revisions to the consent fees set by the agency for sidewalk cafés - the annual fee restaurants pay for use of the City’s public sidewalks - March 24, 2003

Statement from Gretchen Dykstra, Commissioner of the Department of Consumer Affairs regarding the City Council's passage of the sidewalk café bill - January 29, 2003
Consumer Affairs urges New Yorkers to watch their mail for H&R Block rebates - January 13, 2003
Statement from Gretchen Dykstra, Commissioner of the Department of Consumer Affairs regarding the vending law - January 8, 2003
Consumer Affairs releases results of new licensing survey, offers insight of New York City's small business owners and managers - January 3, 2003