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News from DCA - Current Press Releases

Monday, December 22, 2008
Mayor Bloomberg and Clergy Leaders from Across the City Launch New Program to Help City Clergy Provide Financial Education Tools to New Yorkers
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services Linda I. Gibbs, Consumer Affairs Commissioner Jonathan B. Mintz and clergy leaders from across the City today launched the "Pass It On" campaign, an initiative targeted to help the City's faith leaders provide financial information and guidance to the members of their communities. The Department of Consumer Affairs' Office of Financial Empowerment (OFE) initiative will advise faith leaders about the many free and low-cost financial education resources available through the City's Financial Education Network and encourage them to pass the information on to their congregants to help them strengthen their financial well-being during the current economic downturn.




Monday, December 15, 2008
MAYOR BLOOMBERG AND CONSUMER AFFAIRS COMMISSIONER MINTZ LAUNCH PUBLIC HELPLINE TO CONNECT NEW YORKERS TO FREE FINANCIAL INFORMATION AND RESOURCES THEY NEED DURING THE ECONOMIC DOWNTURN
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Consumer Affairs Commissioner Jonathan B. Mintz today launched "Your Money Helpline," a weeklong phone-a-thon co-sponsored with the Daily News and the City University of New York (CUNY) to share money management information and refer New Yorkers to free and low-cost financial education services.
PRESS RELEASE # 487-08




Wednesday, December 3, 2008
DEPARTMENT OF CONSUMER AFFAIRS COMMISSIONER MINTZ ISSUES DEBT STRESS TIPS TO HELP NEW YORKERS MANAGE THEIR FINANCES
New York City Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) Commissioner Jonathan Mintz today issued debt stress tips to City residents to help them take control of their finances.




Monday, December 1, 2008
ATTORNEY GENERAL CUOMO & NYC CONSUMER AFFAIRS COMMISSIONER MINTZ SECURE FULL RESTITUTION FOR HUNDREDS OF NEW YORKERS BILKED BY BOGUS TRIPS
Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo and New York City Department of Consumer Affairs Commissioner Jonathan B. Mintz today announced a settlement with Queens-based Biss Tours, Inc. (“Biss”) which refused to refund customers who prepaid for trips that were cancelled. Under the settlement, the bus tour company will fully refund all consumers.




Sunday, November 23, 2008
Consumer Affairs Commissioner Mintz Announces Results of Airport Scales Enforcement Sweep to Reassure New Yorkers Preparing for Holiday Travel Rush
Department of Consumer Affairs Commissioner Jonathan Mintz today announced results of a month-long enforcement sweep of every airport scale at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and LaGuardia Airport (LGA) to ensure passengers are fairly charged for checked baggage in the face of increasing airline luggage fees and the upcoming holiday travel rush.




Tuesday, November 18, 2008
MAYOR BLOOMBERG AND CONSUMER AFFAIRS COMMISSIONER MINTZ UNVEIL NEW, STRICTER STANDARD FOR HEATING OIL DELIVERY TRUCKS TO ENSURE HOMEOWNERS GET ALL THE OIL THEY PAY FOR THIS WINTER
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Department of Consumer Affairs Commissioner Jonathan B. Mintz announced today that the City of New York has adopted a new, tougher inspection procedure for home heating oil delivery trucks in its annual inspection of their meters to help ensure that homeowners are not overcharged for heating oil this winter. The Mayor and Commissioner Mintz also announced that the Department of Consumer Affairs has suspended more than 60 oil trucks this year, taking them off the road until they meet these standards. This reflects a 30 percent decrease over last year indicating higher compliance rates.
PRESS RELEASE # 459-08




Wednesday, November 12, 2008
MAYOR BLOOMBERG AND CONSUMER AFFAIRS COMMISSIONER MINTZ ANNOUNCE STIFF PENALTIES AND $80,000 IN RESTITUTION FOR NEW YORKERS FOLLOWING ENFORCEMENT SWEEP OF UNSCRUPULOUS EMPLOYMENT AGENCIES
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Department of Consumer Affairs Commissioner Jonathan B. Mintz today announced the results of a comprehensive 18-month long investigation, including undercover inspections, of predatory and illegal practices within the employment agency industry. The investigation resulted in the closure of three employment agencies guilty of repeated, egregious violations, the collection of over $160,000 in fines and over $80,000 in restitution for those who file complaints with the City. Consumer Affairs reviewed the contracts, applications and receipts of over 200 employment agencies and conducted nearly 100 inspections, uncovering widespread violations throughout the industry, including illegal fees, contract violations and withholding refunds. The Mayor and Commissioner Mintz offered job-seekers in New York important information to protect themselves from falling prey to illegal or deceptive practices at employment agencies. As the economy turns downward and unemployment rises, this information is more critical than ever.
PRESS RELEASE # 445-08




Thursday, October 30, 2008
MAYOR BLOOMBERG ANNOUNCES 18 INITIATIVES TO HELP NEW YORKERS FACE CURRENT ECONOMIC CHALLENGES
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg today announced 18 initiatives to help New Yorkers weather the increasing challenges brought on by the economic downturn in the global, national and local economies. The initiatives are designed to create jobs, support the City’s workforce, small businesses and homeowners, and provide targeted relief to the City’s most vulnerable populations. The initiatives are a result of Mayor Bloomberg pressing City agencies to respond to emerging needs primarily with Federal, State and existing City resources. The Mayor was joined at the announcement, which took place in the Blue Room of City Hall, by City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Deputy Mayor for Economic Development Robert C. Lieber, Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services Linda Gibbs, Small Business Services Commissioner Robert W. Walsh, Economic Development Corporation President Seth Pinsky, Human Resources Administration Commissioner Robert Doar, Department of Consumer Affairs Commissioner Jonathan Mintz, and Council Members Gail Brewer, Mathieu Eugene, Lew Fidler, Miguel Martinez, Albert Vann and David Yassky.
PRESS RELEASE # 427-08




Wednesday, October 29, 2008
PARTY CITY PAYS HALF A MILLION DOLLARS IN FINES TO CITY TO SETTLE LAWSUIT CHARGING REPEATED DISPLAY AND SALE OF ILLEGAL FAKE GUNS
The New York City Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) today announced a $500,000 settlement with Party City Corporation, the largest settlement involving the sale of illegal imitation firearms in the Department’s history.




Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Department of Consumer Affairs Launches 'Consumer Campus' Web Site to Educate New York City College Students
Today the Department of Consumer Affairs launched its redesigned 'Consumer Campus' Web site retooled to focus on consumer issues New York City's undergraduate and graduate students often face, such as identity theft and purchasing a used car. As lead partner, The City University of New York (CUNY) added Consumer Campus to its Web site, thus connecting to nearly 500,000 students.



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