Office of Financial Empowerment
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Policy and Programs

In 2006, Mayor Bloomberg established the Center for Economic Opportunity (CEO). Tasked with devising strategies to increase New Yorkers' financial independence, create economic opportunity, and reduce the number of people living in poverty in New York City, CEO has launched a number of innovative programs, including the Office of Financial Empowerment within the Department of Consumer Affairs. Under the Mayor's leadership, City agencies are working together to break the cycle of poverty.


OFE Initiatives
OFE partners with local organizations and communities to launch programs that financially empower New Yorkers with low incomes.
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Download NYC Department of Consumer Affairs Office of Financial Empowerment: A Progress Report on the First Three Years, 2006–2009


DCA Marketplace Protections
The Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) works to ensure that consumers are protected against deceptive and predatory practices in the marketplace.
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Advocacy and Policy
OFE works actively with legislators to provide advice, testimony, and support for legislation affecting New Yorkers with low incomes.
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