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News from DCA - Current Press Releases

Wednesday, April 25, 2007
PINK SLIPS LOOM FOR EMPLOYMENT AGENCIES
New York City Department of Consumer Affairs Commissioner Jonathan Mintz today announced that pink slips are looming for two employment agencies – Fast Finders of NY, Inc. and Best Choice Employment Agency, Inc. – as the agency seeks to revoke their licenses before an administrative judge for a pattern of deceptive practices.




Wednesday, April 11, 2007
Mayor Bloomberg Announces Record 89% of Businesses Do Not Sell Cigarettes to Underage Kids
Mayor Bloomberg and Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) Commissioner Jonathan Mintz today reported a record number of City businesses do not sell cigarettes to underage kids.




Tuesday, April 10, 2007
Consumer Affairs Puts the Brakes on Eight Car Dealerships for Sweepstakes Scams and Deceptive Sales Tactics
New York City Department of Consumer Affairs Commissioner Jonathan Mintz today announced the agency is seeking substantial relief for more than 150 consumers and pursuing maximum fines and penalties against eight car dealerships for an egregious pattern of deceptive sales violations.




Tuesday, April 3, 2007
DCA Secures Agreement to Return More than $600,000 to 123 City Homeowners Scammed by Home Improvement Contractor
New York City Department of Consumer Affairs Commissioner Jonathan Mintz today announced that more than $600,000 will be paid back to 123 homeowners who signed contracts with licensed home improvement contractor, John Arceri of J. Arceri Home Improvements, Inc. (“Arceri”) but either had no work done as promised, or were left in limbo after the contractor failed to come back and complete the job.




Friday, March 30, 2007
Former President Bill Clinton Delivers Message Urging New Yorkers to Call 311 and Claim the Earned Income Tax Credit
With roughly two weeks left before the federal tax filing deadline, former President Bill Clinton delivered a 30-second message reminding eligible New Yorkers to claim the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and to call 311, New York City's 24-hour Citizen Service Hotline, for free tax help.




Thursday, March 22, 2007
Consumer Affairs Commissioner Reminds Businesses to Keep Prices Fair as New Yorkers Prepare for Passover
New York City Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) Commissioner Jonathan Mintz today kicked off the beginning of Passover preparations by commending businesses for keeping prices fair for the holiday, while urging New Yorkers to report any unusual price spikes on limited Kosher-for-Passover items through April 10.




Tuesday, March 13, 2007
NYC Department of Consumer Affairs Shuts Down Queens Gas Station for Labeling Incorrect Octane Levels
The New York City Department of Consumer Affairs padlocked the gas pumps at Ozone Park Service Station, located at 90-71 Pitkin Avenue in Queens, for inaccurately labeling the levels of octane.




Friday, March 9, 2007
DCA Warns Debt Buyers Must Be Licensed if Collecting from New York City Residents
As part of an aggressive campaign to tackle growing complaints and abusive debt collection practices, New York City Department of Consumer Affairs Commissioner Jonathan Mintz today sent a strong message to the industry warning that debt buyers must be licensed if collecting from New York City residents, and that the agency will pursue those businesses operating illegally to ensure consumers are protected.




Thursday, March 8, 2007
311 Calls for the Earned Income Tax Credit and Free Tax Help Hit Record High
New York City Department of Consumer Affairs Commissioner Jonathan Mintz today reported that more people are getting free tax help and information about the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) through 311, where calls have hit at a record one-month high.




Tuesday, February 27, 2007
Cathie Mahon Named Head of New York City's Office of Financial Empowerment
New York City Department of Consumer Affairs Commissioner Jonathan Mintz today announced the appointment of Cathie Mahon as Assistant Commissioner and Executive Director of the newly-created Office of Financial Empowerment (OFE).



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