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News from DCA - Current Press Releases

Wednesday, April 1, 2009
NEW YORK CITY DEPARTMENT OF CONSUMER AFFAIRS COMMISSIONER JONATHAN MINTZ TESTIFIES BEFORE THE HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE AND PROPOSES SOLUTIONS TO MORTGAGE FRAUD SCAMS
Commissioner Mintz Calls for Federal Ban on Fee-for-Service Foreclosure Prevention Businesses, Creation of National Enforcement Task Force to Coordinate Local Tips, and Utilization of 311 and 211 Services Across the Country as the Single Conduit for Legitimate Mortgage Refinancing Services.




Tuesday, March 31, 2009
NEW YORK CITY DEPARTMENT OF CONSUMER AFFAIRS COMMISSIONER JONATHAN MINTZ CALLS FOR OVERDRAFT PROTECTION REFORM
The Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) today announced it formally submitted recommendations to the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System on behalf of New York City consumers to demand the elimination of automatic enrollment into overdraft protection programs by implementing real-time, opt-in opportunities to make overdraft choices at point-of-sale transactions.




Wednesday, March 18, 2009
MAYOR BLOOMBERG SIGNS LEGISLATION TO EXPAND OVERSIGHT OF DEBT COLLECTION AGENCIES TO PREVENT ILLEGAL AND UNFAIR PRACTICES
Remarks by Mayor Bloomberg at a Public Hearing on Local Laws
“The fourth bill before me is Introductory Number 660-A, sponsored by Council Members Garodnick, Comrie, Mendez, Mark-Viverito, Barron, Brewer, Fidler, Gennaro, Gentile, Gerson, Gonzalez, Jackson, James, Koppell, Liu, Martinez, Nelson, Palma, White, Seabrook, Avella, Recchia, Vann, Sears, Baez, Eugene, Sanders and Weprin. Introductory Number 660-A expands the licensing of debt collection agencies to include buyers of delinquent debt who seek to collect such debt by, among other things, filing law suits.
PRESS RELEASE # 128-09




Monday, March 9, 2009
MAYOR BLOOMBERG ANNOUNCES MORE THAN 50,000 NEW YORKERS CLAIMED CITY CHILD CARE TAX CREDITS
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg today announced that in its inaugural year, more than 50,000 New Yorkers claimed the City’s Child Care Tax Credit, one of the first municipal child care tax credits in the nation. The Child Care Tax Credit which is designed to help more families afford child care and help more parents work full-time, is just one of many successful innovations under the Center for Economic Opportunity which oversees the City’s ambitious anti-poverty strategy. The Mayor was joined by Center for Economic Opportunity Executive Director Veronica White; Consumer Affairs Commissioner Jonathan Mintz; and Food Bank for New York City President & CEO Dr. Lucy Cabrera at the St. Mark’s A.M.E. Church in Jackson Heights, Queens, an emergency food program which hosts one of 12 of the City’s Tax Prep Plus sites where eligible New York City residents can have their tax returns professionally prepared by a Tax One professional for only $20.




Thursday, March 5, 2009
DEPARTMENT OF CONSUMER AFFAIRS NAMES DEBT COLLECTOR COMPLAINTS TOP COMPLAINT OF THE YEAR
The Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) today announced that New Yorkers filed more complaints against debt collectors in 2008 than against any other type of business, marking the first time in the agency’s 40-year history that home improvement contractor complaints have not topped the annual complaint list.




Thursday, February 5, 2009
NEW YORK CITY DEPARTMENT OF CONSUMER AFFAIRS ANNOUNCES CITYWIDE ENFORCEMENT SWEEP OF INCOME TAX PREPARERS
Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) Commissioner Jonathan Mintz today announced the results of the Department’s comprehensive investigation into advertising and sales practices of the City’s income tax preparers. During the first four weeks of the sweep, which began last month and will continue through tax season, Consumer Affairs inspectors examined more than 430 tax preparation businesses and issued more than 1,200 violations. Top violations included deceptively advertising refund anticipation loans (RALs) as “rapid” or “instant” refunds. Refund anticipation loans are high-interest, predatory loans secured by a taxpayer’s estimated refund and are designed to offer customers quicker access to their refund.




Tuesday, January 27, 2009
MAYOR BLOOMBERG AND CONSUMER AFFAIRS COMMISSIONER MINTZ LAUNCH THE $AVENYC ACCOUNT
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services Linda I. Gibbs and Department of Consumer Affairs Commissioner Jonathan Mintz today announced the launch of the $aveNYC Account program, a special savings account to help low income New Yorkers make the most of their tax refund by building savings through a privately funded City matching program.
PRESS RELEASE # 045-09




Monday, January 26, 2009
DCA Commissioner Jonathan Mintz Testifies Before the City Council Committees on Consumer Affairs and Civil Rights at Their Joint Oversight Hearing on Rent-to-Own Retailers in New York City
Read Commissioner Mintz's testimony.



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