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News from DCA - Current Press Releases

Wednesday, December 29, 2010
NEW YORK CITY DEPARTMENT OF CONSUMER AFFAIRS COMMISSIONER JONATHAN MINTZ OFFERS FINANCIAL RESOLUTIONS TO HELP NEW YORKERS TAKE CONTROL OF THEIR FINANCES IN 2011
Now that the holidays have past and all the gifts have been unwrapped, many New Yorkers are tackling their debt. Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) Commissioner Jonathan Mintz issues a list of financial resolutions that New Yorkers can make to protect their money in 2011.




Monday, November 29, 2010
NEW YORK CITY AWARDED NATIONAL LEAGUE OF CITIES’ 2010 GOLD AWARD FOR MUNICIPAL EXCELLENCE
The National League of Cities (NLC) announced today that New York City has won a 2010 Gold Award for Municipal Excellence. The Award, in the category of cities with a population of more than 500,000, went to the Department of Consumer Affairs’ (DCA) Financial Empowerment Centers as an outstanding program that improves the quality of life in America’s communities. DCA’s network of more than 20 Financial Empowerment Centers provide free, one-on-one, multilingual professional financial counseling to New York City residents.




Tuesday, November 23, 2010
DEPARTMENT OF CONSUMER AFFAIRS ISSUES SAVVY SHOPPING TIPS FOR THE HOLIDAY SEASON
With Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday fast approaching, Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) Commissioner Jonathan Mintz is issuing savvy shopping tips to New Yorkers and tourists beginning the holiday season. The National Retail Federation estimates 138 million shoppers will hit the stores across the country during Black Friday weekend and that consumers plan to spend an average of $688.87 on holiday-related purchases during the holiday season.




Wednesday, November 10, 2010
DEPARTMENT OF CONSUMER AFFAIRS (DCA) STING HOUSE OPERATION “NAILS” ILLEGAL HOME IMPROVEMENT CONTRACTORS
Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) Commissioner Jonathan Mintz today announced the results of an eight-week sting house operation targeting illegal home improvement contractors. DCA issued violations and seized vehicles from 12 unlicensed contractors, who have agreed to pay more than $65,000 in fines and restitution. DCA identified six of these contractors based on fines or restitution they owed, previously revoked licenses and consumer complaints. The Department targeted the other six after finding them illegally advertising their services in local newspapers or online despite being unlicensed. While licensed contractors’ work is ultimately backed up by DCA’s Home Improvement Contractor Trust Fund, into which licensees pay a fee, unlicensed home improvement contractors put homeowners at risk for unsafe workmanship, unfinished projects and excessive expenses.




Tuesday, October 26, 2010
DEPARMENT OF CONSUMER AFFAIRS, CITY COUNCIL AND OTHER CITY AGENCIES REMIND NEW YORKERS NOT TO BUY ILLEGAL IMITATION GUNS FOR THEIR HALLOWEEN COSTUMES
Consumer Affairs Commissioner Jonathan Mintz, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Police Department Commissioner Raymond Kelly and the Mayor’s Chief Policy Advisor and Criminal Justice Coordinator John Feinblatt today reminded New Yorkers of all ages that imitation firearms are illegal to sell in New York City and encouraged them to avoid purchasing guns that look real as they accessorize their Halloween costumes.




Thursday, October 14, 2010
DEPARTMENT OF CONSUMER AFFAIRS (DCA) CONDUCTS USED CAR DEALER “BAIT AND SWITCH” ENFORCEMENT SWEEP
Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) Commissioner Jonathan Mintz today announced the results of a 12-week investigation into used car advertising and the bait-and-switch tactics targeted to lure consumers into their dealerships. DCA’s comprehensive review of hundreds of print advertisements in every major newspaper featuring car advertising resulted in violations being issued to 90 percent of the used car dealerships that advertised, which may yield up to $177,000 in fines. More than half of these dealerships used bait-and-switch tactics by advertising cars after they had already been sold.




Friday, October 8, 2010
The Center for NYC Neighborhoods and NYC DCA Office of Financial Empowerment Receive $848,384 for Expansion of Services to Homeowners At Risk of Foreclosure
The Center for New York City Neighborhoods (CNYCN) and the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs Office of Financial Empowerment (DCA’s OFE) have been awarded $848,384 by the New York State Division of Housing and Community Renewal (DHCR) to provide free financial counseling services and to extend CNYCN’s Call Center operations for at-risk homeowners.




Thursday, October 7, 2010
DEPARTMENT OF CONSUMER AFFAIRS (DCA) EMPLOYEES TAKE TO THE STREETS TO ISSUE ADVICE TO LOCAL BUSINESSES, NOT VIOLATIONS
New York City Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) Commissioner Jonathan Mintz joined DCA teams today on the Lower East Side to kick off the agency's 8th annual Business Education Day. Throughout the day, DCA staff, elected officials and representatives from Small Business Services (SBS), local community and businesses associations went door-to-door to educate businesses in all five boroughs about key consumer protection laws-without issuing violations.




Tuesday, September 28, 2010
STOP & SHOP TO PAY $190K IN FINES FOR SELLING ILLEGAL FAKE GUNS AND IMPROPERLY DISPLAYING BOX CUTTERS AND LASER POINTERS
The New York City Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) today announced a $190,000 settlement with the Stop & Shop Company for the sale of illegal imitation firearms and improper display of box cutters and laser pointers. DCA will also require Stop & Shop to hire an independent monitor to inspect its inventory and review its New York City advertising.




Friday, September 3, 2010
NEW YORK CITY'S FINANCIAL EMPOWERMENT CENTERS PROGRAM NAMED FINALIST FOR NATIONAL LEAGUE OF CITIES' 2010 AWARDS FOR MUNICIPAL EXCELLENCE
The National League of Cities announced that New York City is a finalist for the 2010 Awards for Municipal Excellence. The Awards for Municipal Excellence recognize cities and towns for outstanding programs that improve the quality of life in America's communities. New York City was chosen for the Department of Consumer Affairs' Financial Empowerment Centers, which provide free one-on-one professional financial counseling to New York City residents.



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