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Wednesday, December 27, 2006
Commissioner Mintz Reminds New Yorkers of Their Return Policy and Gift Card Rights
New York City Department of Consumer Affairs Commissioner Jonathan Mintz reminds New Yorkers about their rights when returning unwanted gifts or cashing in their gift cards.

Wednesday, December 20, 2006
Roni Lynn Deutch Agrees to Pay $300,000 to Settle New York City's Lawsuit for Deceptively Advertising Tax Services
New York City Department of Consumer Affairs Commissioner Jonathan Mintz today announced an agreement to settle the City's lawsuit against Roni Lynn Deutch (d/b/a The Law Offices of Roni Lynn Deutch) for deceptively advertising tax services. Roni Lynn Deutch has agreed to pay a total of $300,000, which includes $200,000 in restitution to consumers and $100,000 in fines to the City of New York.

Tuesday, December 19, 2006
Mayor Bloomberg Unveils First New Bus Shelter as Part of Coordinated Street-Furniture Franchise
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg today unveiled the first of 3,300 new bus shelters to be installed under the City's Coordinated Street Furniture Franchise. The 20-year contract with Cemusa, Inc., will also furnish 20 new public toilets, replace 330 newsstands and generate roughly $1.4 billion in new revenue for New York over its lifetime.

Monday, December 18, 2006
Mayor Bloomberg Announces $150 Million Annual Investment for Solutions to Challenges Raised by the Commission for Economic Opportunity
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg today announced a $150 million annual commitment to implement the recommendations of the Commission for Economic Opportunity, which the Mayor appointed to develop new strategies to tackle poverty.

Monday, November 20, 2006
Consumer Affairs Kicks Off the 2006 Holiday Season by Distributing “Gift Cards” Bearing Smart Shopping Tips
New York City Department of Consumer Affairs Commissioner Jonathan Mintz today kicked off the holiday season by distributing pocket-size "gift cards" bearing shopping tips at the NYC & Company Official Visitor Information Center in Manhattan. The DCA wants consumers to shop smart and know their rights about gift cards, online shopping, refund policies, electronics purchases, and more.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006
PHOTO: November Proclaimed Toy Safety Awareness Month
To launch November as Toy Safety Awareness Month and kick off the gift giving season, NYC Commissioner of Consumer Affairs Jonathan Mintz hands Carter Keithley, president, Toy Industry Association, an official Mayoral proclamation.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006
Consumer Affairs Offers Home Heating Oil Purchasing Tips and Inspects Delivery Trucks as the Winter Season Approaches
The New York City Department of Consumer Affairs today reminded New York homeowners to shop smart for home heating oil and to take the necessary steps to ensure that they get the full value for their dollar.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006
New York City Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) Commissioner Jonathan Mintz today launched the agency’s 4th Annual BUSINESS EDUCATION DAY – an aggressive five borough effort to educate local businesses about the City’s Consumer Protection and Licensing Laws, without issuing violations. DCA is targeting 12 neighborhoods citywide that have large retail areas or received consumer complaints.

Wednesday, September 6, 2006
DCA Cites 135 Unlicensed Home Improvement Contractors in New Effort to Protect Homeowners
The New York City Department of Consumer Affairs today announced its citing of 135 unlicensed home improvement contractors as part of a new effort to better protect homeowners from repair and improvement headaches.

Thursday, August 24, 2006
Consumer Affairs Issues Smart Back-to-School Shopping Tips
Back-to-School season is here – before you plunk down your hard-earned money, the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs reminds parents and students how to shop smart.

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