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News from DCA - Current Press Releases

Thursday, June 25, 2009
TOP RESTAURANTS SHAKE, STIR AND POUR THE CITY'S PERFECT SUMMER SIDEWALK SPIRITS AT THE DEPARTMENT OF CONSUMER AFFAIRS 4TH ANNUAL SIDEWALK CAFÉ DRINK MIX-OFF
Mixologists from the City's top restaurants today competed for winning titles in the Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) 4th Annual Sidewalk Café Drink Mix-Off in celebration of the City's booming sidewalk café industry. DCA Commissioner Jonathan Mintz was on hand to emcee the event and announce Southern Hospitality's 901-derful as the 2009 winning drink recipe.




Wednesday, June 24, 2009
WRITTEN TESTIMONY OF NEW YORK CITY DEPARTMENT OF CONSUMER AFFAIRS COMMISSIONER JONATHAN MINTZ AT HOUSE COMMITTEE ON FINANCIAL SERVICES HEARING ON CONSUMER FINANCIAL PRODUCTS REGULATION
Commissioner Mintz Proposes the Creation of a Federal Consumer Financial Products Ratings System




Wednesday, June 17, 2009
STATEMENT OF NEW YORK CITY DEPARTMENT OF CONSUMER AFFAIRS COMMISSIONER JONATHAN MINTZ ON THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION’S PROPOSAL TO CREATE A CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION AGENCY
“The Obama Administration’s thoughtful and ambitious proposal for regulatory reform includes the creation of a far-reaching Consumer Financial Protection Agency (CFPA). The CFPA could ensure that consumers are both informed and protected, finally putting consumer protection in the financial services field into the broader context of what a sound and stable market requires.”




Sunday, June 14, 2009
MAYOR BLOOMBERG AND SPEAKER QUINN ANNOUNCE AGREEMENT ON NEW LEGISLATION TO LICENSE PEDICABS IN NEW YORK CITY
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn, and Consumer Affairs Commissioner Jonathan B. Mintz today announced an agreement on legislation to license and regulate pedicabs in New York City. Under this agreement, Speaker Quinn will introduce legislation which the Mayor will sign upon passage to create a 60 day period for licensing all pedicab vehicles for commercial use in New York City for the next 18 months.
PRESS RELEASE # 269-09




Monday, May 11, 2009
MAYOR BLOOMBERG OPENS THREE NEW FINANCIAL EMPOWERMENT CENTERS IN BROOKLYN, MANHATTAN AND QUEENS
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg today opened three new Financial Empowerment Centers which will offer free, one-on-one financial education and counseling to low-income New York City residents. An important tool in the City’s Five Borough Economic Opportunity Plan, the new Financial Empowerment Centers located in Brooklyn, Manhattan and Queens follow the successful pilot center in the Bronx launched by Mayor Bloomberg last summer. At a time when many New Yorkers are finding it harder to make ends meet, the counselors at the City’s Financial Empowerment Centers will help with money management, budgeting, financial planning, credit counseling, negotiating with creditors, finding affordable banking services, government benefit screenings and referrals to other services and organizations. Counseling services are also offered in Spanish. The new Financial Empowerment Centers, administered by the Department of Consumer Affairs’ Office of Financial Empowerment and part of the City’s anti-poverty strategy under the Center for Economic Opportunity, are part of the Mayor’s 18 initiatives announced last fall to provide targeted relief to the City’s most vulnerable populations during these difficult economic times.




Tuesday, April 28, 2009
City Officials Announce 2nd Annual Shred Fest to Raise Awareness about Identity Theft
Consumer Affairs Commissioner Jonathan Mintz, Criminal Justice Coordinator John Feinblatt and officials from the Departments of Parks & Recreation and Sanitation today announced the City's 2nd Annual Shred Fest, a free paper-shredding event to increase public awareness of identity theft prevention.




Wednesday, April 8, 2009
IN FINAL WEEK BEFORE THE APRIL 15TH TAX DEADLINE DEPARTMENT OF CONSUMER AFFAIRS JOINS C-TOWN IN A SUPERMARKET BLITZ TO REMIND NEW YORKERS TO FILE FOR THE EARNED INCOME TAX CREDIT
With the April 15th tax deadline fast approaching, the Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) today teamed up C-Town grocery stores in throughout the City to distribute thousands of tax credit flyers and palm cards reminding New Yorkers to file their taxes and claim the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). The City estimates that more than 150,000 City residents never claim their EITC, totaling more than $160 million.




Thursday, April 2, 2009
DEPARTMENT OF CONSUMER AFFAIRS COMMISSIONER JONATHAN MINTZ TESTIFIES BEFORE THE NEW YORK STATE BANKING DEPARTMENT AT ITS HEARING ON THE BANKING DEVELOPMENT DISTRICTS PROGRAM
Commissioner Calls for New Approach to Ensure Banks Serve Needs of New Yorkers with Low Incomes




Thursday, April 2, 2009
DEPARTMENT OF CONSUMER AFFAIRS COMMISSIONER MINTZ ISSUES MONTH LONG FINANCIAL FITNESS CHALLENGE IN CELEBRATION OF FINANCIAL LITERACY MONTH
The Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) Commissioner Jonathan Mintz today kicked off Financial Literacy Month at the City’s first Financial Education Institute by challenging City residents to use the City’s free and low-cost financial education and counseling services during the month of April.




Wednesday, April 1, 2009
STATEMENT BY MAYOR BLOOMBERG ON NEW YORK CITY RECEIVING EIGHT NOMINATIONS FOR THE INNOVATIONS IN AMERICAN GOVERNMENT AWARDS FROM THE JOHN F. KENNEDY SCHOOL OF GOVERNMENT AT HARVARD UNIVERSITY
DCA’s Office of Financial Empowerment one of eight New York City initiatives nominated.
Read press release issued by Harvard Kennedy School’s Ash Institute for Democratic Governance and Innovation



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