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News from DCA - Current Press Releases

Tuesday, April 18, 2006
Sprint/Nextel Agrees to Pay Nearly $300,000 to Settle City's Lawsuit for Deceptive Advertising
New York City Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) Commissioner Jonathan Mintz today announced that Sprint/Nextel Communications, Inc. agreed to pay the City $295,000 and to fully comply with the City's Consumer Protection Law in its advertising in New York City newspapers and magazines.

Friday, March 31, 2006
Buildings Department and Consumer Affairs Conclude Safety Inspections on the World Famous Wonder Wheel and Cyclone Roller Coaster
Buildings Commissioner Patricia J. Lancaster, FAIA and Consumer Affairs Commissioner Jonathan Mintz today announced the final safety inspections for two amusement ride icons in Coney Island. After days of thorough examination by Buildings Department inspectors, both rides were issued final safety inspections cards signifying the beginning of the amusement ride season in New York City.

Monday, March 27, 2006
Consumer Affairs Commissioner Jonathan Mintz Commends City Businesses That Keep Fair Prices During Passover
New York City Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) Commissioner Jonathan Mintz, joined by elected officials, business and community leaders, today kicked off the beginning of Passover preparations by commending City businesses that keep prices fair.

Monday, March 20, 2006
Mayor Bloomberg Appoints Jonathan Mintz Commissioner of the Department of Consumer Affairs
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg announced today that Jonathan Mintz has been appointed Commissioner of the Department of Consumer Affairs.

Saturday, March 18, 2006
30 Days Left to Claim Your Tax Credit! Efforts Continue to Help City Families Claim the EITC
With the tax deadline just 30 days away - April 18th - the number of New Yorkers calling 311 about the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) continues to escalate. To keep the strong momentum going, U. S. Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton (D., New York) joins more than 100 public and private EITC Coalition partners by recording a radio public service announcement.

Monday, March 6, 2006
Record Number of New Yorkers Calling 311 to Claim the EITC
Early numbers of New Yorkers responding to the Earned Income Tax Credit Coalition indicate that a record number of filers will file at Coalition partner sites.

Monday, February 27, 2006
Inspection Results Show Majority of Tax Preparers Are Providing 'Consumer Bill of Rights' and Disclosing Loans
While some New Yorkers dread the tax season, there's some good news: almost halfway through the tax season, the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) reports 70% of tax preparers inspected are giving consumers their Taxpayer Bill of Rights and for preparers offering high-interest refund loans, 90% are clearly disclosing all costs, as required by City law.

Wednesday, February 8, 2006
Consumers Report More Complaints About Illegal Debt Collection Practices in 2005
The New York City Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) received more than 6,000 valid total consumer complaints in Fiscal Year 2005 (July 1, 2004 – June 30, 2005). During that time, the DCA mediated complaints to secure more than $3.6 million in total restitution for New York City consumers.

Thursday, January 19, 2006
Mayor Bloomberg Announces Expanded Effort to Boost Filings for the Earned Income Tax Credit
Mayor Bloomberg today launched the fourth year of New York City's Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Campaign by announcing the opening of more than 40 free tax preparation centers and an expanded partnership with the nation's two largest paid tax preparers, H&R Block and Jackson Hewitt.

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