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News from DCA - Current Press Releases

Monday, December 23, 2013
DEPARTMENT OF CONSUMER AFFAIRS BANS METROPOLITAN NY TOWING, AUTO BODY & SALVAGE ASSOCIATION FROM ALL TRANSACTIONS WITH THE DEPARTMENT
Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) Commissioner Jonathan Mintz announced today that the Department has issued its final report on its multi-year investigation of the Metropolitan NY Towing, Auto Body & Salvage Association and its employees. The three-year investigation found that Metropolitan Tow Association repeatedly counseled its members to provide false information to DCA, facilitated false submissions, and engaged in other fraudulent and illegal activities.




Thursday, November 21, 2013
Flatiron Partnership & NYC Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) Launch 2013 Holiday Shopping Season in New York City
(New York, N.Y.) - Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) Commissioner Jonathan Mintz, Flatiron Partnership/23rd Street Business Improvement District (BID) Executive Director Jennifer Brown, Eataly New York and Marimekko today officially kicked off the 2013 Holiday Shopping season in the bustling Flatiron shopping and dining district and offered New Yorkers and visitors tips to protect their money during the season.




Sunday, November 17, 2013
Mayor Bloomberg and Consumer Affairs Commissioner Mintz Announce More Than 25,000 New Yorkers Have Visited the City's Financial Empowerment Center Network
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Department of Consumer Affairs Commissioner (DCA) Jonathan Mintz today announced the City’s Financial Empowerment Centers have provided free, one-on-one, professional financial counseling to more than 25,000 New Yorkers in the first five years of operations. The Centers’ financial counselors help clients with low and moderate incomes reduce debt, understand their credit reports, create budgets, improve their credit scores, open bank accounts, and start saving for emergencies and for the future. Since the program began in 2008, counselors have helped New York City residents pay down more than $14.7 million in debt and build more than $2.4 million in savings.




Thursday, October 31, 2013
DEPARTMENT OF CONSUMER AFFAIRS (DCA) LAUNCHES CONSUMER AFFAIRS HAS YOUR BACK TESTIMONIAL PUBLIC AWARENESS CAMPAIGN AND RELEASES NEW GUIDE, 10 THINGS EVERY CONSUMER SHOULD KNOW
Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) Commissioner Jonathan Mintz today announced the launch of Consumer Affairs Has Your Back, a public awareness campaign that features five New Yorkers whose complaints filed with DCA were successfully mediated. The campaign also highlights DCA’s new consumer education guide, 10 Things Every Consumer Should Know, and encourages New Yorkers to become educated consumers by using DCA’s tips, guides and how-to videos and to file a complaint if they have a problem. Consumer campaign ads are running on subway cars, bus shelters, telephone kiosks and in the Metro newspaper. Videos of each of the featured New Yorkers telling his or her story and the 10 Things Every Consumer Should Know are posted on DCA’s website and YouTube channel.




Tuesday, September 24, 2013
DEPARTMENT OF CONSUMER AFFAIRS LAUNCHES REPORT ON HOW CITIES CAN USE CONSUMER PROTECTION LAWS TO BOOST CORE SOCIAL SERVICES FOR VULNERABLE CONSUMERS
The Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) Office of Financial Empowerment (OFE) today released the fourth report in its Municipal Financial Empowerment: A Supervitamin for Public Programs series about the “supervitamin effect” of integrating financial empowerment and asset building strategies into core social services. Strategy #4: Targeting Consumer Financial Protection Powers outlines how cities can leverage local consumer protection strategies, including consumer protection laws and advocacy through outreach and education, to protect and financially empower their residents.




Thursday, September 5, 2013
DEPARTMENT OF CONSUMER AFFAIRS (DCA) LAUNCHES OFFICIAL INSTAGRAM PAGE
Department of Consumer Affairs Commissioner Jonathan Mintz today announced the launch of the Agency’s official Instagram page. The Agency’s newest social media channel will use photos and videos to provide information on programs, services, events and tips on how to be an educated consumer and business owner. For its inaugural posting, the Department uploaded its first #tbt (throwback Thursdays) image of a mobile unit used forty years ago to provide information about markets, consumer services, weights and measures, and “kosher law enforcement.”




Wednesday, August 14, 2013
DEPARTMENT OF CONSUMER AFFAIRS LAUNCHES 10 THINGS EVERY BUSINESS SHOULD KNOW VIDEO AS PART OF THE AGENCY’S ONGOING EFFORTS TO HELP BUSINESSES AVOID VIOLATIONS BY FOLLOWING THE LAW
Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) Commissioner Jonathan Mintz today announced the launch of the 10 Things Every Business Should Know video featured on the agency’s official YouTube channel. The video is based on DCA’s 10 Things Every Business Should Know guide, which is available online in English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Russian, Haitian Creole and Bengali. The video shares ten important tips that every business selling goods and services should know to avoid violations by doing right by their customers.




Thursday, August 8, 2013
DEPARTMENT OF CONSUMER AFFAIRS (DCA) COMMISSIONER MINTZ ANNOUNCES RESULTS OF NEW YORK CITY AIRLINE SCALES ENFORCEMENT SWEEP TO PROTECT TRAVELERS FROM OVERCHARGES
Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) Commissioner Jonathan Mintz today announced the results of the Department’s three-day enforcement sweep of every airline luggage scale used at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and LaGuardia Airport (LGA) to protect travelers from luggage overcharges. DCA found an overall compliance of 96 percent in its initial inspections and issued 28 Stop-Use condemnation orders to airlines for non-compliant scales. Airlines were instructed to recalibrate condemned scales for DCA re-inspection, which then resulted in overall compliance achieving more than 99 percent.




Friday, May 17, 2013
CITY HOSTS 6TH ANNUAL CITYWIDE SHRED FEST TO HELP NEW YORKERS PROTECT THEIR IDENTITY
The Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) Associate Commissioner Kay Sarlin and the shred company Cintas Document Management will gather in Union Square this Sunday for the City’s sixth annual Shred Fest, a free paper- shredding event to increase public awareness about identity theft prevention. On Sunday, from 10am to 4pm, New Yorkers can visit one of 10 locations in all five boroughs to shred personal documents such as bank statements, paycheck stubs and credit card applications. Documents are shredded in industrial shredders mounted with TV monitors so consumers can verify for themselves that their materials are shredded securely. All shredded material is securely disposed of and recycled. Complimentary personal paper shredders, donated by Staples, will be given to the first five people to arrive at each location. Shred Fest is hosted by the Department of Consumer Affairs and the Mayor’s Office of the Criminal Justice Coordinator in cooperation of the Department of Parks & Recreation, the Department of Sanitation and the Municipal Credit Union. For a list of all locations and identity theft prevention tips, visit nyc.gov/shredfest or call 311. The event also received generous support from Staples, Cintas, LionCage Shredding, and Time Shred Services Inc.




Thursday, May 9, 2013
MAYOR BLOOMBERG AND DEPUTY MAYOR GIBBS ANNOUNCE PILOT EXPANSION OF EARNED INCOME TAX CREDIT AS NEW ANTIPOVERTY INITIATIVE
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services Linda I. Gibbs and Center for Economic Opportunity Executive Director Kristin Morse today announced a pilot program to expand the Earned Income Tax Credit for low-income single workers without dependent children, with the goal of increasing employment and earnings. The $11 million, four-year pilot will offer up to $2,000 for three years to participants earning $26,500 per year or less. Considered the largest and most successful antipoverty program in the United States, the Federal Earned Income Tax Credit has significantly increased employment and earnings for low-income families, lifting 6.6 million people out of poverty nationally in 2011 alone and contributing to substantial increases in employment among single mothers. The Federal Earned Income Tax Credit for single-tax filers offers only up to $475, and research indicates that for single workers an enhanced Earned Income Tax Credit could potentially increase employment and incomes by as much as 12 percent. The pilot will feature a total of 6,000 participants, with 3,000 eligible to receive the supplement and 3,000 forming a control group. The program is the 64th antipoverty initiative launched by Center for Economic Opportunity, which was found in 2006 to explore innovative solutions to deeply entrenched poverty challenges.



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