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Thursday, August 16, 2007
Statement by Consumer Affairs Commissioner Jonathan Mintz on Publishing of Pedicab Licensing Rules
In April 2007, the City Council passed Local Law 19 over Mayor Bloomberg's veto, requiring pedicabs to be licensed and restricting the number of pedicab plates that can be issued citywide to 325. Today, taking into account multiple meetings and generous input from industry members and other stakeholders, the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs published its final rules in The City Record for issuing those pedicab licenses.




Thursday, August 9, 2007
NY Officials Announce Results of Coordinated Enforcement Targeting Unlicensed Home Improvement Contractors
Home improvement contractors who operate illegally without a license and often fail to meet industry standards can cause damage to homeowners' property and wallets. To step up enforcement efforts and better protect homeowners, New York regional consumer affairs and law enforcement agencies today announced the results of a coordinated, multi-county enforcement initiative targeting unlicensed home improvement contractors operating in the five boroughs and beyond.




Wednesday, July 25, 2007
DFTA Launches Largest Municipal Program in the Nation to Attract Retiree Expertise to City Agencies
Deputy Mayor Linda Gibbs and Commissioner Edwin Méndez-Santiago, LCSW, today announced the largest municipal program in the nation that will give retirees the opportunity to share their expertise with city agencies. The program, in conjunction with ReServe Elder Services, will match retirees—or ReServists—with short term city agency projects that utilize their expertise and experience.




Tuesday, July 3, 2007
Consumer Affairs Proposes Licensing Rules for Pedicabs
The New York City Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) today announced its proposed rules for issuing pedicab licenses. The proposal follows the enactment of Local Law 19, passed by the City Council over Mayor Bloomberg's veto in April 2007, which requires pedicabs to be licensed and restricts the total number of plates citywide to 325.




Thursday, June 14, 2007
Record Number of Students Graduate as Financially Literate in 2007
The New York Financial Literacy Coalition, an initiative of W!SE, released the results of the 2007 Financial Literacy Certification Test at its annual Financial Literacy Scholars Reception today. Jonathan Mintz, Commissioner, NYC Department of Consumer Affairs and the Office of Financial Empowerment, delivered the keynote address at the reception, honoring students who achieved a passing grade of 95% or better on the Test.




Wednesday, June 6, 2007
Employment Agencies Lose Their Licenses as Part of Settlement with Department of Consumer Affairs
New York City Department of Consumer Affairs Commissioner Jonathan Mintz today announced another successful milestone in the agency's recent sweep targeting deceptive employment agency practices.




Wednesday, May 23, 2007
New York City's Top Restaurants Stir It Up To Win 2nd Annual Sidewalk Café Drink Mix-Off
In celebration of the booming sidewalk café industry, more than a dozen mixologists from the City's top restaurants competed for winning titles in the 2ND ANNUAL SIDEWALK CAFÉ DRINK MIX-OFF, co-sponsored by the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) and the New York State Restaurant Association (NYSRA).




Thursday, May 17, 2007
City Inspects Amusement Rides at Street Fairs, Festivals, and Block Parties to Ensure Safe and Fun Summer
The New York City Department of Consumer Affairs and Buildings Department today kicked off the summer season by sending an important message to temporary amusement ride operators, ride owners, and event organizers: all rides at street fairs, block parties, festivals, and carnivals must be licensed and pass safety inspections.




Monday, May 14, 2007
Sleepy's Agrees to Pay $200,000 to Resolve Complaints and Settle Deceptive Sales Charges
New York City Department of Consumer Affairs Commissioner Jonathan Mintz today announced an agreement halting the deceptive sales tactics of Sleepy's. As part of the settlement, Sleepy's has agreed to pay a total of $200,000, which includes restitution to consumers and penalties, as well as a commitment to new policies and procedures to achieve full compliance with local and State laws.




Friday, May 11, 2007
Best Choice Employment Agency License Revoked as Part of Settlement with Department of Consumer Affairs
New York City Department of Consumer Affairs Commissioner Jonathan Mintz today announced an agreement with Best Choice Employment Agency, Inc. to settle the Department's charges that Best Choice deceived job seekers, most of whom spoke limited English or were workers with low incomes.



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