Recent DCWP Press Releases

Thursday, November 17, 2022
Take the Stress Out of the Holiday Season With Smart Tips From the Department of Consumer and Worker Protection
NEW YORK, NY –Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (DCWP) Commissioner Vilda Vera Mayuga today issued annual Holiday Shopping Tips to help consumers be smart shoppers, stick to a budget, and avoid scams this holiday season. These tips will help New Yorkers understand their consumer rights and avoid seasonal scams such as gift card scams, delivery scams, phishing emails and texts, charity scams, and more.


Wednesday, November 16, 2022
New York City Proposes Nation's First Minimum Pay Rate Specific to App-Based Restaurant Delivery Workers
DCWP Proposes an Average Minimum Pay Rate of at Least $23.82 Per Hour by 2025 for App-Based Restaurant Delivery Workers in New York City
NEW YORK, NY –NYC Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (DCWP) Commissioner Vilda Vera Mayuga today announced the first-of-its-kind proposed minimum pay rate for NYC’s more than 60,000 app-based restaurant delivery workers. The proposed rate, if fully implemented, would be $23.82 per hour: a $19.86 base rate, $2.26 to cover workers’ expenses, and $1.70 to reflect the absence of workers’ compensation insurance. Because restaurant delivery apps classify their delivery workers as independent contractors and not as employees, these workers do not receive a minimum wage, expense reimbursement, or other benefits like health insurance and are paid $7.09 per hour on average, excluding tips.


Thursday, October 31, 2022
Department of Consumer and Worker Protection Announces Settlement With McDonald's Franchisee Over Repeated Workplace Violations
NEW YORK, NY –Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (DCWP) Commissioner Vilda Vera Mayuga today announced a settlement with George Michell of Michell McDonald’s Group, a McDonald’s franchisee with a history of violating the City’s workplace laws, to resolve continued violations of the City’s Fair Workweek Law. The franchisee will pay $1 million in restitution to 511 employees, including $23,500 in restitution to two employees who were terminated in retaliation for exercising their rights under the Fair Workweek Law, and pay $92,338.86 in civil penalties. They will also be required to come into compliance.


Thursday, October 20, 2022
Department of Consumer and Worker Protection Settles With Van Leeuwen Ice Cream as Company Agrees To Comply With the Cashless Ban Law at All NYC Locations
NEW YORK, NY – New York City Mayor Eric Adams and Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (DCWP) Commissioner Vilda Vera Mayuga today announced that DCWP has entered into a settlement agreement with Van Leeuwen Ice Cream, requiring the company to comply with the City’s Cashless Ban Law. Van Leeuwen, which has 19 locations in New York City, had repeatedly refused to comply with the Cashless Ban Law since it went into effect in November 2020. In response to dozens of consumer complaints, DCWP brought more than 90 cases at the Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings (OATH) against Van Leeuwen for violations of the Cashless Ban Law. DCWP was preparing to pursue a court order to force the ice cream company to comply, which prompted Van Leeuwen to finally and immediately comply with the Cashless Ban Law at all New York City locations, and to pay $33,000 in outstanding civil penalties. 


Monday, October 3, 2022
Department of Consumer and Worker Protection Settles With ASA College for Deceptive Advertising Targeting Immigrants and Other Vulnerable New Yorkers
NEW YORK, NY – Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (DCWP) Commissioner Vilda Vera Mayuga today announced a settlement with ASA College, one of New York City’s largest for-profit colleges, for deceptive and misleading advertising that violated the City’s Consumer Protection Law. From January until August of this year, ASA ran hundreds of ads, including on the subway and on social media, that targeted immigrants, low-income New Yorkers who may need financial assistance to attend higher education, and other vulnerable communities. ASA has agreed to pay $112,500 in civil penalties and comply with the Consumer Protection Law going forward. 


Monday, October 3, 2022
Mayor Adams, Majority Leader Schumer Announce First-in-Nation Street Deliveristas Hubs to Serve NYC's Food Delivery Workers
First-Of-Its-Kind Program for App-Based Food Delivery Workers Will Use Existing Infrastructure Like Vacant Newsstands to Create Critical Street Deliveristas Hubs
Hubs Will Provide Workers With Charging Stations, Shelter, Rest Areas, Bike Repair Servicing

NEW YORK, NY –New York City Mayor Eric Adams and U.S. Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer today announced a first-of-its-kind hub program for New York City’s 65,000 delivery workers that uses existing infrastructure, like vacant city newsstands, to provide a place to rest and recharge. Street Deliveristas Hubs will create a place for delivery workers to seek shelter from the elements, charge both their electric bicycles and cell phones, and, by revitalizing these empty public spaces, ensure New York City’s public spaces serve all. Through a $1 million federal grant secured by Senate Majority Leader Schumer in the upcoming appropriations bill for Workers Justice Project/Los Deliveristas Unidos, this pilot program will renovate and transform underutilized structures on city properties. A portion of the federal grant will also be used to help renovate a worker center in Williamsburg for deliveristas.


Wednesday, September 28, 2022
Freelancers Union Opens Its Doors: A Hub for NYC's Independent Workforce
In Partnership with Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment, Freelancers Union Celebrates Grand Opening of 4,143- Square Foot Free Co-Working Hub in Industry City, Brooklyn
Brooklyn, NY – The Freelancers Union, in partnership with the Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME), today officially unveils its new Freelancers Hub, a 4,143- square foot state-of-the-art facility located in Industry City, Brooklyn. This new facility, made possible by $1.5 million in funding from The City of New York, is dedicated to NYC's freelance community across the five boroughs.


Friday, September 23, 2022
Department of Consumer and Worker Protection Releases Annual Report on the State of Workers' Rights in New York City
NEW YORK, NY –Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (DCWP) Commissioner Vilda Vera Mayuga today announced the release of its annual “The State of Workers’ Rights in New York City” report. The report outlines DCWP’s work during 2021 to protect New Yorkers who performed essential services throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, raise labor standards through new policies, enforce worker protection laws, and educate businesses and workers alike.


Thursday, September 22, 2022
Mayor Adams Announces NYC Cabinet for Older New Yorkers, Coordinated City Agency Collective to Better Serve Residents Over 60
First-of-its-Kind, Interagency Cabinet Will Collaborate on Current and Future Services, Projects, and Policies for Older Adults to Ensure Age-Inclusivity
Cabinet Members Include a Cross-Section of City Agencies Covering Public Safety, Social Services, and Housing

NEW YORK, NY –New York City Mayor Eric Adams announced today the formation of the New York City Cabinet for Older New Yorkers, a first of its kind multiagency collaborative created to support services, projects, and policies benefitting older adults across New York City. Yesterday marked the first meeting of the cabinet — the first of its kind across the entire country — which will allow city agencies to seek coordination and efficiency across departments, leverage resources, and shape current and future services to better serve older adults, ensuring that New York is an inclusive city for all ages.


Wednesday, September 14, 2022
Department of Consumer and Worker Protection's Visiting Inspector Program (VIP) Provides 10,000 New Businesses With Free Educational Inspection
VIP Helps 3 Out of Every 4 New Businesses Avoid Violations They Would Have Otherwise Faced
NEW YORK, NY –Department of Consumer and Worker Protection Commissioner (DCWP) Vilda Vera Mayuga today announced that DCWP has inspected 10,000 businesses under its Visiting Inspector Program since it launched in 2017. Through the Visiting Inspector Program (VIP), all new brick-and-mortar DCWP licensees receive a free, educational inspection to understand the DCWP laws that apply to their business and how to avoid fines. Three out of every four new businesses inspected have violations that VIP helps them correct so they can avoid future fines.


Wednesday, September 7, 2022
CITY LAUNCHES NYC BUSINESS EXPRESS SERVICE TEAM (BEST) TO SAVE SMALL BUSINESSES TIME AND MONEY, ACCELERATE PERMITTING AND LICENSING
NYC BEST Supports the Mayor's 'Blueprint for Economic Recovery' by Streamlining Interagency Contact for Small Businesses
NEW YORK, NY –NYC Department of Small Business Services (SBS) Commissioner Kevin D. Kim today announced the NYC Business Express Service Team (BEST) initiative, designed to provide small businesses with one-on-one expert support and cut time spent navigating City government.


Friday, September 2, 2022
Department of Consumer and Worker Protection Files Lawsuit Against Starbucks Seeking Reinstatement of Wrongfully Terminated Employee
Groundbreaking Case Represents the City’s First Lawsuit for a Violation of New York City’s “Just Cause” Protections for Fast Food Workers
NEW YORK, NY –Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (DCWP) Commissioner Vilda Vera Mayuga today announced that the Department filed a case at the Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings (OATH) against the Starbucks Corporation for violating the City’s “just cause” protections against wrongful termination under the Fair Workweek Law. DCWP’s investigation found that Starbucks illegally fired longtime barista and union organizer Austin Locke on July 5, 2022, less than a month after employees at the Astoria Starbucks where he worked voted to join a union. DCWP is seeking Austin Locke’s reinstatement, civil penalties, as well as restitution and back pay required under the law, which continue to accrue until Mr. Locke returns to work.


Thursday, August 18, 2022
Department of Consumer And Worker Protection Opens New Financial Empowerment Center at the Small Business Support Center in Jamaica, Queens
Financial Empowerment Centers Across the City Re-opened for In-person Services, Providing Free, Professional One-on-One Financial Counseling
NEW YORK, NY – Department of Consumer and Worker Protection Commissioner (DCWP) Vilda Vera Mayuga today announced the opening of a brand-new NYC Financial Empowerment Center at the Small Business Support Center in Jamaica, Queens, with financial counseling services provided by Urban Upbound. The Commissioner also announced that 26 Financial Empowerment Centers are now open to the public for in-person appointments. Previously, due to COVID-19, services at many NYC Financial Empowerment Centers were limited to sessions by phone. Financial counseling by phone will continue to be an option for New Yorkers who prefer counseling remotely.


Monday, August 15, 2022
Mayor Adams Announces Major Investment in NYC Workers and Employers, new Approach to Talent and Workforce Development with $18.6 Million Federal Grant
Mayor Signs Executive Order to Further Empower Mayor’s Office of Talent and Workforce Development, Convene Future of Workers Task Force
NEW YORK – New York City Mayor Eric Adams today announced the launch of New York City Pathways to Industrial and Construction Careers (PINCC), an innovative new talent development initiative that will help place nearly 2,300 low-income New Yorkers on the trajectory to careers in two high-growth sectors of the city’s economy over the next three years. Formalized in Executive Order 22, the program will be funded with an $18.6 million grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration in response to New York City’s winning proposal to the Good Jobs Challenge created under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.


Friday, August 12, 2022
Mayor Adams Signs Legislation Guaranteeing Access to Safe, Affordable Abortion in New York City
In Wake of Dobbs Decision, Six NYC Bills Will Expand Abortion Access, Protect Reproductive Health Care, Increase Public Health Education to Fight Disinformation on Abortion
NEW YORK – New York City Mayor Eric Adams today signed historic legislation to protect access to safe and affordable abortions in New York City. Coming on the heels of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization that effectively overturned Roe v. Wade, these six bills will strengthen abortion protections, make medication abortion free at all New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) clinics, and improve public health education so every New Yorker and person visiting New York City for reproductive health care knows their rights and their options for receiving care. The passage and signing of these bills underscore the city’s commitment to protecting the bodily autonomy of women in New York and outsiders seeking reproductive asylum here in the city.


Thursday, August 11, 2022
Savings Alert: Department of Consumer and Worker Protection Takes Care of Your Wallet With Back-to-School Shopping Tips
NEW YORK, NY – Are you ready for back-to-school shopping? Wondering how to keep more money in your wallet while getting your kids what they need for the new school year? Worry no more, the Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (DCWP) has you covered with shopping tips, which are available in 12 languages. Learn how to save and teach your children to make smarter financial decisions.


Wednesday, August 10, 2022
Mayor Adams Unveils Plan to Prevent and End Youth Homelessness in New York City
NEW YORK – New York City Mayor Eric Adams today announced the release of "Opportunity Starts with a Home: New York City's Plan to Prevent and End Youth Homelessness." Powered by a $15 million Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program (YHDP) grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the plan details city-, federally, and privately funded initiatives to serve youth experiencing homelessness comprehensively and compassionately. Developed in partnership with nonprofit partners and youth with lived experience, this plan also includes policy proposals to cut through city bureaucracy and better serve youth experiencing homelessness.


Tuesday, August 9, 2022
Mayor Adams, Department of Consumer and Worker Protection Announce Settlement with Chipotle Mexican Grill, Securing $20 Million for Approximately 13,000 Workers
Settlement Represents Largest Fair Workweek Settlement Nationwide and Largest Worker Protection Settlement in New York City History
NEW YORK, NY – New York City Mayor Eric Adams and New York City Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (DCWP) Commissioner Vilda Vera Mayuga today announced a settlement with Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. to deliver up to approximately $20 million in compensation to approximately 13,000 workers who experienced violations of their right to predictable schedules and paid sick leave under the Fair Workweek and Paid Safe and Sick Leave laws. Chipotle will also pay $1 million in civil penalties. The agreement is the result of DCWP’s multiyear investigation into complaints filed by 160 Chipotle employees and by 32BJ SEIU. DCWP’s investigation found major violations of laws that affected all Chipotle employees in New York City. The settlement with Chipotle is the largest fair workweek settlement nationwide and the largest worker protection settlement in New York City history.


Friday, July 15, 2022
Mayor Adams Announces NYC has Secured More Than $300,000 for Consumers Harmed by Predatory Used Car Dealerships Brooklyn Mitsubishi and Brooklyn Volkswagen
NEW YORK, NY – New York City Mayor Eric Adams and New York City Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (DCWP) Commissioner Vilda Vera Mayuga today announced a settlement with Brooklyn Mitsubishi and Brooklyn Volkswagen that will deliver $304,900 to New Yorkers wronged by the companies’ deceptive practices when selling used cars. The agreement resolves numerous violations of the city’s Consumer Protection Law, as well as licensing laws prohibiting deceptive and unlawful conduct in the industry. Mayor Adams and DCWP also secured $500,000 in civil penalties from the companies and a seven-day suspension of Brooklyn Mitsubishi’s two licenses, which has been completed.


Thursday, July 14, 2022
Attorney General James Delivers $230,000 to New York City to Support Consumer Financial Literacy Programs
Funding From Prior Settlements Will Boost Free Consumer Literacy Programs for New Yorkers
NEW YORK, NY – New York Attorney General Letitia James today delivered more than $230,000 to the New York City Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (DCWP) to support free financial literacy programs for New Yorkers. The funding, which comes from a previous consumer fraud settlement secured by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Office of the Attorney General (OAG), will help offer New Yorkers free, confidential one-on-one financial counseling at DCWP’s NYC Financial Empowerment Centers. Today’s action is part of Attorney General James’ ongoing efforts to protect consumers.


Friday, June 17, 2022
Mayor Adams Announces Nearly $6.7 Million Investment in new and Expanded Services for LGBTQ+ New Yorkers
New Funding Included for Anti-Discrimination Legal Services; Family Acceptance Programs for LGBTQ+ Youth; Transgender, Gender Non-Conforming, and Non-Binary (TGNC/NB)-led Nonprofits; and Social Services Towards LGBTQ+ Youth Homelessness
Investments Developed as Result of Mayoral Roundtables Led by Transgender People of Color and LGBTQ+ Community

NEW YORK, NY – New York City Mayor Eric Adams, the Mayor’s Office of Equity’s Unity Project, and the New York City Department of Youth & Community Development (DYCD) today announced an investment of nearly $6.7 million to provide new and expanded services for the LGBTQ+ community. These new services provide wide-ranging support that include first-of-its-kind funding for capacity building of transgender and gender non-conforming (TGNC)/non-binary (NB)-led nonprofits, legal services, and support for homeless youth.


Tuesday, June 14, 2022
Mayor Adams Outlines Blueprint for 'Housing our Neighbors' Plan to get New Yorkers Into Safe, High-Quality, Affordable Homes
Crafted With Insight From New Yorkers Who Experienced Homelessness, Blueprint Focuses Not Just on Creating Homes but Also on Getting New Yorkers Into Them More Quickly
First City Housing Plan to Cover Entire Spectrum of New Yorkers' Housing Needs and Options — Including City-Subsidized Affordable Housing, Public Housing, Private Market-Rate Housing, and Greater Supports for Homelessness
Blueprint Outlines Bold Plans to Accelerate Creation of Supportive Housing, Transform How Services Are Delivered at NYCHA, and End Practices that Retraumatize Families

NEW YORK, NY – New York City Mayor Eric Adams today released 'Housing Our Neighbors: A Blueprint for Housing and Homelessness,' his comprehensive blueprint to tackle New York City's affordable housing crisis and get New Yorkers in the safe, high-quality, affordable homes they deserve. Crafted in direct collaboration and coordination with New Yorkers who have experienced homelessness, Mayor Adams' plan represents the first city housing plan to build on the creation and preservation of affordable housing with transformative reforms for the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) as well as the elimination of paperwork and processes that retraumatize New Yorkers and families as they find a home they can afford.


Tuesday, June 14, 2022
Department of Consumer and Worker Protection Holds Delivery Worker Public Hearing, Survey Workers for Pay Study
Hearing and Pay Study to Inform the Delivery Worker Minimum Pay Rate
NEW YORK, NY – Department of Consumer and Worker Protection Commissioner (DCWP) Vilda Vera Mayuga announced the agency is holding a Delivery Worker Public Hearing tomorrow to listen to testimony directly from delivery workers and other stakeholders about pay and working conditions for third-party delivery app workers, including time and scheduling, expenses, health and safety issues, and other challenges workers face. The hearing is one piece of DCWP’s extensive research into the industry, which also includes surveying workers and analyzing data obtained through subpoenas issued to delivery apps. The research will inform the minimum pay rate that will go into effect in January 2023.


Thursday, June 9, 2022
Department of Consumer and Worker Protection Begins Licensing Construction Labor Providers, Increasing Transparency in the Industry
Construction Labor Providers Must Provide Temporary Construction Employees with a Notice of Rights, Training Obligations, and Information about Work Assignments
NEW YORK, NY – Department of Consumer and Worker Protection Commissioner Vilda Vera Mayuga announced that, starting today, Construction Labor Providers must have a DCWP license to operate in New York City. Construction Labor Providers, also known as body shops or temp agencies, are businesses that supply temporary workers to third-party clients for non-union construction work or manual labor. The Law also requires Construction Labor Providers to provide employees with a notice of rights, a certification notice, and a notice of assignment in a language the worker understands.


Wednesday, June 1, 2022
Mayor Adams Signs Legislation Strengthening Fire Safety Enforcement and Education in Wake of Bronx Apartment Fire
NEW YORK, NY – New York City Mayor Eric Adams today signed five pieces of fire safety legislation into law, strengthening enforcement, education, and outreach efforts in the wake of the tragic Bronx apartment fire this past January. The laws include shortening the timeline of re-inspection for self-closing door violations, increasing the fine for building owners who do not cure violations, banning the sale of certain space heaters that do not meet certain safety standards, and codifying increased fire safety outreach.


Wednesday, May 25, 2022
Mayor Adams Announces Steps to Reform and Modernize Vending Regulations, Expanding Legal Opportunities for Street Vendors While Remaining Committed to Managing Public Space
Mayor Adams Supports Business Development by Committing to Reducing Draconian Penalties for General and Mobile Food Vendors and Cutting Red Tape
Fulfills Key Recommendations of Consensus-Driven Street Vendor Advisory Board Report

NEW YORK, NY – New York City Mayor Eric Adams today announced a number of actions to reform and modernize street vending regulations for New Yorkers, cutting red tape and supporting business development for street vendors, while also expanding access to healthy food for consumers. The steps include recommendations put forward by the Street Vendor Advisory Board (SVAB) in a report released today and transmitted to the City Council, which seeks to balance the needs of street vendors, brick-and-mortar businesses, and consumers, while expanding economic opportunity and safety.


Sunday, May 22, 2022
Mayor Adams Declares NYC State of Emergency Amid Nationwide Infant Formula Shortage
Infant Formula Shortage EEO 98 Empowers The Department of Consumer And Worker Protection to Crack Down on Price Gouging for Formula
Multiagency Effort Will Focus on Ensuring Steady Supply of Formula for New York City Families, Especially Those in Greatest Need

NEW YORK, NY – New York City Mayor Eric Adams today signed Emergency Executive Order 98 (EEO 98), declaring a state of emergency related to the shortage of supply in infant formula. The order will empower the New York City Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (DCWP) to prevent price gouging for formula under section 5-42 of Title 6 of the Rules of the City of New York. The effort comes as the United States grapples with a nationwide shortage of infant formula, stemming from a voluntary recall and temporary closure of a facility by Abbott Nutrition, one of the largest formula providers in the country.


Saturday, May 21, 2022
Emergency Executive Order 98
Infant Formula Shortage


Sunday, May 15, 2022
Mayor Adams Reduces Burdens on NYC Small Businesses, Jumpstarts City's Economic Recovery by Reforming 118 Business Violations
30 Violations Will be Eliminated Altogether, Fines Will be Reduced for 49 Violations, and Cure Periods and First-Time Warnings Will Be Introduced for 39 Violations
Reforms Will Save New York City Small Businesses Approximately $8.9 Million Annually, Far Surpassing Previous Administration Efforts to Cut Red Tape

NEW YORK, NY – New York City Mayor Eric Adams today took major steps to reduce burdens on and cut red tape for the city’s small businesses by announcing reforms to 118 city regulations. The 118 reforms stem from Executive Order 2 (EO2) “Small Business Forward” — signed in January 2022 — that requires city agencies to review existing business regulations and ensure local businesses face fewer needless fines and penalties without jeopardizing public health or safety. The reforms include the repeal of 30 provisions, the reduction of civil penalties associated with 49 provisions, and amendments to 39 provisions to include a first-time warning or cure period or to extend an existing cure period.


Friday, May 13, 2022
Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities, Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment, and Department of Consumer and Worker Protection Celebrate Open Caption Requirements at NYC Movie Theaters
New Law Creates More Inclusive Environment for those Hard of Hearing, Deaf or Learning English; Takes Effect Sunday, May 15
NEW YORK, NY – The Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities (MOPD), the Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME), and the Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (DCWP) are pleased to announce an open captioning requirement at NYC movie theaters, encouraging all New Yorkers to return to and enjoy the moviegoing experience. Effective May 15, 2022, theaters that are open to the public and show ten or more movies per week will be required to show a portion of their movies with open captions. This is the result of a new law that was passed by the City Council in December 2021.


Thursday, May 12, 2022
Mayor Adams Signs Legislation to Form two new Business Improvement Districts and Promote Salary Transparency in New York City
NEW YORK, NY – New York City Mayor Eric Adams today signed legislation to establish two new Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) in the Bronx’s Castle Hill and Manhattan’s West Village. The bill signing will help accelerate the incorporation of these two BIDs, so that they will be fully functional by the beginning of Fiscal Year 2023. The creation of these new BIDs — along with today’s release of comprehensive guides for forming and expanding BIDs and Merchant Associations — deliver on Mayor Adams’ commitment to strengthen business supports in small and underserved commercial corridors, particularly in low-to-moderate-income (LMI) communities, as outlined in his “Renew, Rebuild, Reinvent: A Blueprint for New York City’s Economic Recovery.


Tuesday, May 10, 2022
Mayor Adams and Robin Hood Announce $100 Million Commitment For Childcare Quality And Innovation Initiative
30 Violations Will be Eliminated Altogether, Fines Will be Reduced for 49 Violations, and Cure Periods and First-Time Warnings Will Be Introduced for 39 Violations
NEW YORK, NY –New York City Mayor Eric Adams today announced new funding for a forthcoming Childcare Quality and Innovation Initiative for New York City. The funding, announced at Robin Hood’s annual benefit to support poverty-fighting efforts in New York City last night, includes $50 million from Robin Hood and $50 million in additional funding through the city over the coming four years, as a result of state and federal block grant funding. The Childcare Quality and Innovation Initiative will be part of the Adams administration’s broader childcare plan, which will be released in the coming weeks. 


Friday, May 6, 2022
Transcript: Mayor Eric Adams Delivers Remarks on Small Business Week in the Bronx
NEW YORK, NY –Commissioner Kevin Kim, Department of Small Business Services:Making some acknowledgements here. We've got Mayor Eric Adams in the house. And he's coming down right about now. We've got Borough President Vanessa Gibson in the house. We've got Council Member Marjorie Velázquez. Is she here somewhere? All right. She'll be here as well. I want to acknowledge over a dozen of our sister agencies here to help support. We've also got community partners here as well. And here's the mayor. Can we give him another round of applause, please?


Wednesday, May 4, 2022
Mayor Adams Announces 97% of Kindergartners Citywide now Have an NYC Scholarship Account for College and Career Training
Schools Across NYC Celebrate First-Ever New York City Scholarship Month
Participating Families Encouraged to Activate and View NYC Scholarship Accounts

NEW YORK, NY – New York City Mayor Eric Adams today announced investments in the future of New York City children, giving 97 percent of kindergartners across the city access to a New York City Scholarship Account to save for college and career training in the future. Families can now activate their kindergarteners’ NYC Scholarship Accounts from the Save for College Program. This year, a total of $6.5 million has been invested in the 65,300 NYC Scholarship Accounts for students participating in the NYC Kids RISE Save for College Program, which provides families, schools, and communities with a way to work together to invest in children’s futures — regardless of their family’s income or immigration status.  


Tuesday, May 3, 2022
Department of Consumer and Worker Protection Announces $375,000 Settlement with Predatory Used Car Dealerships Automania, Luxury Automotive Club, and World Auto and Restitution for Customers
NEW YORK, NY – Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (DCWP) Commissioner Vilda Vera Mayuga today announced a settlement with Automania, Luxury Automotive Club, and World Auto, all run by JF Motors, to resolve numerous violations of the City’s Consumer Protection Law and laws and rules designed to prevent predatory lending by the industry. The settlement secures $225,000 in total restitution for customers, $150,000 in civil penalties, and the surrender of JF Motors’ licenses, which prevents them from operating a used car dealership for at least two years.  


Monday, May 2, 2022
Mayor Adams, SBS Commissioner Kim Kick Off National Small Business Week with Events Planned in All Five Boroughs Over Five Days
NEW YORK – New York City Mayor Eric Adams and New York City Department of Small Business Services (SBS) Commissioner Kevin D. Kim today kicked off a grand celebration of National Small Business Week with five days of events planned in all five boroughs. The events will raise awareness of the many resources and services SBS offers to small businesses, encourage New Yorkers to shop local, and celebrate small businesses that are at the heart of the city’s economic recovery and growth. The week-long celebration will also recognize the city’s ethnically diverse neighborhoods and immigrant-owned businesses.  


Wednesday, April 27, 2022
Mayor Adams Relaunches Initiatives to Cut Red Tape for Building and Small Business Owners, Improve Building Safety
Two Citywide Initiatives Help Building Owners Maintain Safe Structures, Comply With Code Instead of Facing Violations and Penalties
New Yorkers Can Call 311 to Request No-Penalty, No-Cost Inspections of Business Signs, Decks, and Retaining Walls

NEW YORK, NY –New York City Mayor Eric Adams today relaunched two programs that will help building and small business owners ensure the safety of their buildings without financial penalties — cutting red tape and eliminating barriers to critical safety evaluations and resources. The two citywide initiatives — the No-Penalty Business Accessory Sign Inspection Program and the No-Penalty Deck and Retaining Wall Inspection Program — will give small business owners, homeowners, and other property owners throughout the five boroughs assurance about the condition of their properties, while providing valuable guidance on proper maintenance.


Tuesday, April 26, 2022
Mayor Adams Outlines Bold Vision for New York City's Recovery in First State of the City Address
Speech at Historic Kings Theatre Reviews Achievements in Early Months of Adams Administration and Previews Roadmap to Deliver Safer, More Equitable City for All
Mayor Also Unveils $99.7 Billion Balanced FY23 Executive Budget, Making Forward-Thinking Investments While Remaining Fiscally Responsible
Mayor’s Address Focuses on Four Themes: Creating a Safer and More Just City, Promoting Equitable Recovery, Lifting up Our Youth, and Investing in 21st-Century Infrastructure

NEW YORK, NY –New York City Mayor Eric Adams today outlined his bold vision for New York City for all in his first State of the City address, delivered at the historic Kings Theatre in Brooklyn. In the speech, the mayor reviewed key achievements of the Adams administration from his first 100 days in office and previewed a range of his ambitious plans to promote an equitable recovery, lift up our youth, invest in 21st-century infrastructure, and create a safer and more just city. He also unveiled a balanced, $99.7 billion fiscal year 2023 (FY23) executive budget, which combines upstream investments with fiscally responsible measures, including budget reserves at $6.3 billion — the highest level in city history.


Thursday, April 21, 2022
Mayor Adams, Department of Consumer and Worker Protection Announce New Protections for Food Delivery Workers
NEW YORK – New York City Mayor Eric Adams and Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (DCWP) Commissioner Vilda Vera Mayuga today announced that, starting tomorrow, delivery workers who deliver restaurant orders for third-party food delivery apps in New York City now have first-of-their-kind new protections to promote better working conditions in the food delivery industry. Workers will get to choose how far they’ll travel and what routes they’ll take, receive more information about deliveries before accepting them, get paid at least once a week, and be provided with a free insulated delivery bag after six deliveries. These worker protection laws are the second part of a suite of new sweeping legislation regulating online third-party food delivery apps and enforcing brand new labor standards for delivery workers. The first part of the legislation, which requires third party food delivery apps to be licensed to operate in New York City, went into effect in January 2022.  


Saturday, April 16, 2022
Mayor Adams Applauds Earned Income Tax Credit Enhancement in State Budget, Fulfilling Pledge to Bolster Social Safety Net for Working Families
Over 800,000 New York City Families to Benefit From Enhancement
City to Invest $250 Million Annually and Receive One-Time State Payment Estimated at $100 Million

NEW YORK – New York City Mayor Eric Adams today was joined by elected officials and community leaders to celebrate the enhancement of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) in the state budget. The EITC enhancement was part of a campaign pledge from the administration to bolster the social safety net and expand services for working families in New York City. At today’s event, Mayor Adams announced over 800,000 families will benefit from the enhancement. Additionally, the city committed to investing $250 million annually to EITC and will receive a one-time state payment estimated at $100 million. 


Friday, April 15, 2022
Mayor Adams Launches new Multiagency Initiative to Bring City Services Directly to Underserved New Yorkers
Mobile Unit Will Visit All Boroughs Providing Financial Empowerment, Benefits Enrollment, Small Business Support, Career Services, and More to New Yorkers
Program Delivers on Key Plank of Mayor Adams’ Economic Blueprint, Aimed at Building Equitable Recovery for All

NEW YORK – New York City Mayor Eric Adams today announced the launch of a new initiative that will span across all city agencies to deliver municipal services directly to New Yorkers in underserved communities. Today, the New York City Department of Small Business Services (SBS), the New York City Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (DCWP), and the New York City Mayor’s Public Engagement Unit (PEU) will kick off the joint effort to deliver services — including financial empowerment resources, benefits screenings, tenant support, health insurance education, and more — through a mobile unit parked in front of Coffee Uplifts People (CUP), a local coffee shop owned by entrepreneur Angela Yee, host of ‘The Breakfast Club’ on iHeart Media's Power 105.1 FM. Yee opened CUP during the COVID-19 pandemic and partnered with SBS on the outreach event to spread the word about services and resources offered by the agency.


Friday, April 15, 2022
Mayor Adams Celebrates $4 Billion Allocated for Childcare in State Budget
Thousands of New York City Families Will Receive Access to Free, High Quality Childcare
NEW YORK – New York City Mayor Eric Adams was today joined by New York City Department of Education (DOE) Chancellor David C. Banks, elected officials, and parents to celebrate the allocation of $4 billion in the state budget for childcare in New York City over four years, as well as the authorization of new tax incentives to increase the number of childcare seats in New York City. The historic childcare expansion investment comes weeks after Mayor Adams and New York City parents asked state lawmakers to fight for an affordable expansion of quality education.


Wednesday, March 23, 2022
Department of Consumer and Worker Protection Announces Financial Empowerment Centers Have Helped New Yorkers Save $10 Million
NYC Financial Empowerment Centers provide free one-on-one professional financial counseling to help New Yorkers manage their money
NEW YORK, NY – NYC Department of Consumer and Worker Protection Commissioner Vilda Vera Mayuga today announced that the NYC Financial Empowerment Centers have helped clients collectively save more than $10 million since inception. Launched in 2008 and managed by DCWP’s Office of Financial Empowerment, the NYC Financial Empowerment Centers provide free, one on one professional financial counseling and coaching to help New Yorkers manage their money, establish or improve their credit, set up a spending plan, open a safe and affordable bank account, contact their lenders about debt, including student loans, develop a strategy to reduce debt or lower payments, access emergency government resources, and more. 


Wednesday, March 16, 2022
Almost One Month Until Tax Day: Department of Consumer and Worker Protection Reminds Eligible New Yorkers to File Their Taxes for Free
NYC Free Tax Prep is here to help families with dependents who earned $72,000 or less and individuals who earned $50,000 or less in 2021 file for free
NEW YORK, NY – NYC Department of Consumer and Worker Protection Commissioner Vilda Vera Mayuga today reminded New Yorkers there is almost one month left until Tax Day, which is Monday, April 18, 2022. NYC Free Tax Prep can help New Yorkers keep their full refund, including valuable tax credits like the Child Tax Credit (CTC), Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child and Dependent Care Credit (CDCC). NYC Free Tax Prep is available for families with dependents who earned $72,000 or less and individuals who earned $50,000 or less in 2021.


Saturday, March 12, 2022
Mayor Adams Pushes for Equitable Recovery by Reaffirming Commitment to Bolstering New York City's Social Safety Net
Mayor Adams Proposes Increasing NYC’s EITC Benefit and Match with Additional State Investment
Mayor Also Proposes Tax Incentives to Promote Affordable, Accessible Childcare for Working Families

NEW YORK, NY –  New York City Mayor Eric Adams today was joined by elected officials and community leaders at Union Settlement in East Harlem to applaud New York state’s early efforts to make significant investments in New York City’s social safety net in the Fiscal Year 2023 (FY 23) budget. At today’s event — which comes just days after Mayor Adams released “Rebuild, Renew, Reinvent: A Blueprint for New York City’s Economic Recovery” that outlines his vision for the city’s economic recovery and future — the mayor highlighted two specific policy areas being considered by his colleagues in Albany that will help put more money in the pockets of working New Yorkers and make it easier for them to rejoin the workforce: An increase in the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and a deepening of investments in childcare.


Thursday, March 10, 2022
Mayor Adams to "Rebuild, Renew, Reinvent," Unveils Blueprint for NYC's Economic Recovery
Plan Will Help Deliver Accelerated Recovery, Built on Equity and Inclusivity
NEW YORK, NY – New York City Mayor Eric Adams today released “Rebuild, Renew, Reinvent: A Blueprint for New York City’s Economic Recovery,” which outlines the mayor’s vision for the city’s economic recovery and the future of the city’s economy — all built on equity and inclusivity. The COVID-19 global pandemic devastated the city’s economy, but New York City is now on the cusp of an economic resurgence, and the mayor’s plan seizes on a once-in-a-generation opportunity to reinvigorate the city’s economy in the short and long terms. The blueprint specifically aims to accelerate the return to pre-pandemic employment levels, while simultaneously laying the foundation for the city’s economic future — addressing historic injustices and reimagining outdated ways of doing business.


Wednesday, March 2, 2022
Mayor Adams Delivers $20 Million in Debt Relief to Former Berkeley College Students
Berkeley Also Required to Institute New Policies, Entrance Counseling, and Submit to Auditing for Two Years
NEW YORK, NY – New York City Mayor Eric Adams today announced an agreement with Berkeley College that will deliver $20 million in debt relief to former students of one of the largest for-profit colleges in New York state. The agreement stems from a 2018 lawsuit filed by the New York City Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (DCWP), which asserted that, to generate revenue, Berkeley engaged in aggressive recruiting tactics designed to prey on the hopes and dreams of consumers seeking improved career prospects and greater financial security.


Thursday, February 24, 2022
To Protect New Yorkers’ Health, Department Of Consumer and Worker Protection Takes Action Against Two NYC Stores for Illegally Selling Tobacco Products
NEW YORK, NY – As part of the City’s efforts to protect the health and well-being of New Yorkers and to hold businesses that violate tobacco laws accountable, Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (DCWP) Commissioner Peter A. Hatch today announced the closures of two stores in the Bronx for illegally selling tobacco products without a license, selling to underage youth, and numerous of other related violations.


Friday, February 11, 2022
City Statement On Court Ruling Upholding Local Law Protecting Fast Food Workers
NEW YORK, NY – New York City Commissioner of the Department of Consumer and Worker Protection Peter A. Hatch and Corporation Counsel Georgia M. Pestana issued a statement today following a court ruling upholding the city's Fair Workweek Law. The measure prohibits fast food employers from discharging employees without just cause, and requires employers to implement fair disciplinary processes.


Tuesday, February 8, 2022
Department of Consumer and Worker Protection Participates in National ‘Get Your CTC/EITC Day Of Action’ to Raise Awareness of Tax Credits Worth Thousands for Eligible New Yorkers
DCWP hosts local event in the South Bronx to encourage New Yorkers to file for free through NYC Free Tax Prep
NEW YORK, NY – Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (DCWP) Commissioner Peter A. Hatch, NYC Free Tax Prep provider Ariva, elected officials and community members today held a ‘Get Your CTC/EITC Day of Action’ in the Concourse neighborhood of the Bronx as part of a national effort to raise awareness of valuable tax credits like the Child Tax Credit (CTC), Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child and Dependent Care Credit (CDCTC). The American Rescue Plan increased the value and eligibility of these credits meaning more money for more people this tax season. Commissioner Hatch also reminded New Yorkers about NYC Free Tax Prep, which offers free, professional tax preparation that can help New Yorkers keep their full refund. Families with dependents who earned $72,000 or less and individuals who earned $50,000 or less in 2021 can use NYC Free Tax Prep to file for free in-person or virtually.


Monday, February 7, 2022
Mayor Adams Announces Additional Economic Development Appointments
Vilda Vera Mayuga Appointed Commissioner of Department of Consumer and Worker Protection
Jose Ortiz, Jr. Appointed Senior Advisor for Workforce Development

NEW YORK, NY – New York City Mayor Eric Adams today announced two new appointments to fill out his economic development team and deliver on his vision for uplifting and protecting working New Yorkers. Vilda Vera Mayuga will serve as commissioner of the Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (DCWP). As commissioner, Mayuga will deepen the agency’s mission of ensuring there are robust protections in place for city workers and consumers, and that such protections are fairly and equitably applied. Jose Ortiz, Jr. will serve as senior advisor for workforce development. In that role, he will advise Deputy Mayor for Economic and Workforce Development Maria Torres-Springer on strategies for better coordinating the city’s workforce development programs to aid the city’s recovery from COVID-19, and ensure people from underserved communities have access to good-paying jobs.


Monday, January 24, 2022
Department of Consumer and Worker Protection Encourages New Yorkers To Claim Tax Credits Worth Thousands and File for Free With NYC Free Tax Prep
DCWP to Host Community and Ethnic Media Roundtable About Tax Credits and Free Tax Prep for Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Awareness Day
NEW YORK, NY – Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (DCWP) Commissioner Peter A. Hatch today kicked off DCWP’s 20th tax season offering free tax preparation and encouraged New Yorkers who earned $72,000 or less in 2021 to file for free using NYC Free Tax Prep. NYC Free Tax Prep offers free, professional tax preparation that can help New Yorkers keep their full refund, including valuable tax credits like the Child Tax Credit (CTC), Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child and Dependent Care Credit (CDCC). The American Rescue Plan increased the value and eligibility of these credits meaning more money for more people this tax season. The IRS begins accepting returns today and ends April 18.


Sunday, January 23, 2022
Mayor Adams and Department of Consumer And Worker Protection Begin Licensing Third-Party Food Delivery Apps
New groundbreaking legislation will help 65,000+ delivery workers, 20,000+ restaurants that use the apps, and millions of consumers
NEW YORK, NY – Mayor Eric Adams and Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (DCWP) Commissioner Peter A. Hatch announced that, starting tomorrow, third-party food delivery apps will be required to have a DCWP license to operate in New York City. This law is the first part of a suite of new sweeping legislation regulating online third-party food delivery apps and enforcing brand new labor standards for delivery workers.


Thursday, January 13, 2022
39 State Attorneys General Announce $1.85 Billion Settlement with Student Loan Servicer Navient
Settlement includes $1.7 billion in debt cancellation and $95 million in restitution
39 state Attorneys General announced today that Navient, known as one of the nation’s largest student loan servicers, will provide relief totaling $1.85 billion to resolve allegations of widespread unfair and deceptive student loan servicing practices and abuses in originating predatory student loans.


Wednesday, January 12, 2022
Department of Consumer and Worker Protection Settles Two Paid Sick Leave Cases for Domestic Workers
NEW YORK, NY – Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (DCWP) Commissioner Peter A. Hatch today announced settlement agreements for two domestic workers to resolve violations of the NYC Paid Safe and Sick Leave Law. The domestic workers, who were employed to care for elderly patients with long-term illnesses, were both denied sick leave and one was illegally fired for using sick leave and retaliated against for filing a complaint with DCWP.


Tuesday, January 4, 2022
Mayor Adams Signs "Small Business Forward" Executive Order to Reform Small Business Violations
Reforms will reduce fine schedules and allow for warnings for first-time violations
NEW YORK, NY – Mayor Eric Adams today signed the “Small Business Forward” Executive Order to reform existing business regulations, ensuring local businesses face fewer needless fines and penalties. The Executive Order builds upon Local Law 80 and calls on the Department of Buildings, Department of Environmental Protection, Department of Sanitation, Fire Department, Department of Consumer and Worker Protection, and the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to review business regulations with the goal of reducing fine schedules and allowing for cure periods or warnings for first-time violations.