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News from DCA - Current Press Releases

Wednesday, February 6, 2013
DEPARTMENT OF CONSUMER AFFAIRS ANNOUNCES “FINANCIAL EMPOWERMENT APP” HACKATHON TO HELP NEW YORKERS MANAGE THEIR MONEY
Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) Commissioner Jonathan Mintz today invited developers to create digital tools to help New Yorkers achieve their financial goals at DCA’s first hackathon, a collaborative technology design event. The weekend event begins on March 2nd at the DUMBO Loft. The team or individual who creates the winning app will receive $1,000 and two second place winners will receive $500 each. Interested firms, as well as individual developers and designers, are invited to learn more and sign up to participate at nyc.gov/OFEHackathon. The Financial Empowerment Hackathon is generously supported by Capital One and the Cities for Financial Empowerment (CFE) Fund. Judges for the event include representatives from Capital One, Google.org, ideas42, LearnVest and DCA. Space is limited to 150 participants and registration closes at 5p.m. on Friday, March 1.




Thursday, January 31, 2013
MAYOR BLOOMBERG, CONSUMER AFFAIRS COMMISSIONER MINTZ AND CENTER FOR ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR MORSE KICK OFF CITY’S ANNUAL TAX CAMPAIGN
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) Commissioner Jonathan Mintz, and Center for Economic Opportunity (CEO) Executive Director Kristin Morse today launched New York City’s 11th Annual Tax Credit Campaign. Tax season has begun and the IRS has now begun accepting 2012 returns. The City offers three different ways for eligible New Yorkers to file their taxes and claim their tax refunds for free or at very low cost, as well as a tax-time savings program called SaveUSA. The City’s online tax preparation and free tax sites are available now and the City-sponsored H&R Block coupon will be valid beginning Friday, February 1st.




Tuesday, January 15, 2013
DEPARTMENT OF CONSUMER AFFAIRS ANNOUNCES LOTTERY FOR 47 PREVIOUSLY-ISSUED PEDICAB REGISTRATION PLATES
The Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) today announced that it is currently accepting lottery applications for 47 pedicab registration plates. These registration plates, previously issued to companies that either surrendered them or had them revoked by DCA, are again made available per Local Law 34 of 2011’s requirements that DCA annually ensure the existence of all 850 registration plates authorized by law. Any person or company (including current pedicab drivers and pedicab business licensees who don’t already have the 30 pedicab legal maximum) can submit a lottery application for one of the available pedicab registration plates no later than close of business on February 13, 2013, with a limit of one plate request per applicant. DCA currently licenses 198 pedicab companies and 1,388 pedicab drivers.



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