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Friday, December 21, 2007
New York State and City Consumer Protection Agencies Call For Improved Marketing Standards for ESCOs
The New York State Consumer Protection Board (CPB) and the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) joined together in submitting a petition to the Public Service Commission (PSC) on Thursday, asking them to establish enforceable rules governing the marketing practices of energy service companies (ESCOs) operating in New York State to protect consumers from aggressive marketing tactics.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Mayor Bloomberg and Speaker Quinn Announce Green Cart Legislation to Improve Access to Fresh Fruits and Vegetables in Neighborhoods With Greatest Need
Mayor Bloomberg and Speaker Quinn today proposed legislation that would increase the number of food carts that sell fresh fruits and vegetables only. The carts will be located in neighborhoods throughout the five boroughs where access to fresh fruit and vegetables is limited.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Seniors Get “Savvy” About Financial Fraud
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg today issued a proclamation declaring the day “Senior Savvy Day” in New York City. In recognition, New York City Department for the Aging (DFTA) Commissioner Edwin Méndez-Santiago, LCSW, in partnership with the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) and the Federal Trade Commission’s Northeast Regional Office (FTC) announced the launch of “Senior Savvy,” a citywide outreach campaign designed to help seniors be more aware of online and offline scams.

Wednesday, December 5, 2007
New York City Receives $125,000 for Neighborhood-Based Financial Counseling
The New York City Department of Consumer Affairs’ Office of Financial Empowerment (OFE) today announced it received a $125,000 grant to pilot the City’s ability to provide one-on-one neighborhood financial counseling in low-income communities.

Thursday, November 8, 2007
New York City Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) Commissioner Jonathan Mintz today announced an agreement with Baron Auto City, located at 187-10 Jamaica Avenue in Queens, refunding more than $90,000 to 23 car buyers whom the agency charged were misled through deceptive sales tactics. As part of DCA’s comprehensive initiative to protect the most vulnerable New Yorkers against deceptive and predatory car sales, this settlement is the first of many cases under investigation to bring consumer relief while also ensuring fair business practices. In addition to refunds, Baron Auto City paid $50,000 in fines to the City, approximately $10,000 in escrow for possible unknown cases, and agreed to comprehensive remedies including an independent monitor and employee training.

Thursday, October 11, 2007
Consumer Affairs Hits the Street to Help Store Owners Know the Law as Part of Annual Business Education Day
New York City Department of Consumer Affairs Commissioner Jonathan Mintz today joined representatives from the Union Square Partnership to kick off the agency's 5th annual BUSINESS EDUCATION DAY—a comprehensive five borough event to help educate local businesses about the City's consumer protection and licensing laws.

Monday, September 24, 2007
To restaurant owners’ and outdoor diners’ delight, New York City Department of Consumer Affairs Commissioner Jonathan Mintz today announced a new Rule allowing restaurants to install approved portable natural gas heaters in licensed sidewalk cafés. The Rule was published in today’s City Record and takes effect immediately.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Mayor Bloomberg Welcomes First Opportunity NYC Program Participants and Announces Partnerships With Eight Local Banks and Credit Unions to Offer Them 'No Fee' Accounts
First Participants in Nation's First-Ever Conditional Cash Transfer Initiative Have Opened Over 170 New Bank Accounts In Program's First 11 Days

Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Mayor Bloomberg Addresses the Brookings Center On Children and Families "Briefing On the Census Poverty Report"
Mayor Proposes New Earned Income Tax Credit that Demands More of Recipients in Exchange for Greater Benefits
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Monday, August 27, 2007
Back-to-school shopping is in session! To help parents and students tackle bustling store aisles with confidence, the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs today offered basic tips, and Commissioner Jonathan Mintz challenged New Yorkers to test their back-to-school shopping savvy by taking DCA's quick online quiz at

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