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News from DCA - Press Release

Monday, May 22, 2006

PHOTO: The Real Heavyweights...

Testing the scales   Fairbanks scale

(Pictured): New York City Department of Consumer Affairs Metrologist Joseph Lavin tests the scales with heavy weights at the New York State Athletic Commission office in Lower Manhattan last week. Lavin was conducting a routine inspection of scales to ensure they're balanced and register accurately. New York boxers were all set when weighing in at recent boxing shows in Albany, on Long Island and in Manhattan. The Commission's digital portable scales, as well as the historic 'Fairbanks' scale that once traveled to Madison Square Garden for famous headline matches, passed with flying colors and received DCA stickers.

(Not pictured: Steve Timar, of the New York State Weights and Measures Division, was also on hand to help with inspection.)

About the DCA Weights and Measure Division: The NYC Department of Consumer Affairs inspects scales and measuring devices citywide to ensure they are balanced and register accurately. At locations in all five boroughs and at the agency's Test Station in Brooklyn, DCA inspectors check approximately 32,000 devices a year, including but not limited to: deli and supermarket scales, gas pumps, fuel trucks, and more. For more information, or to request a scale inspection, call 311 or log online to