News

Thursday, February 15, 2018
Department of Consumer Affairs Files Charges Against Bail Bond Agent Marvin Morgan—and the Companies That Hired Him—for Preying on the Desperation of New Yorkers Trying to Help Their Loved Ones
For the First Time, DCA Files Charges Against the For-Profit Bail Bond Industry and Calls on Other Potential Victims to Come Forward to File Complaints
NEW YORK, NY – The Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) Commissioner Lorelei Salas today announced charges against bail bond agent Marvin Morgan, and several insurance and management companies for engaging in deceptive and unlawful trade practices that preyed on vulnerable New Yorkers desperate to help bring their loved ones home.


Friday, February 9, 2018
Department of Consumer Affairs and Partners Host First Ever 12-Hour Free Tax Preparation Event in All Five Boroughs
Attendees Who Earned $54,000 Or Less In 2017 Can Have Their Taxes Filed For Free By An IRS Certified VITA/TCE Volunteer Preparer
NEW YORK, NY – Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) Commissioner Lorelei Salas, in collaboration with the Department of Education’s network of community schools, today announced the first ever NYC Free Tax Prep-a-Thon, a 12-hour tax filing marathon and resource fair, which will be held this Saturday, February 10 at schools in all five boroughs. From 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., attendees who earned $54,000 or less in 2017 can have their taxes filed for free by an IRS certified VITA/TCE volunteer preparer who will help them claim deductions and tax credits. During the event, New Yorkers can take advantage of free financial counseling with a professional, financial counselor from the NYC Financial Empowerment Centers. Counselors can help filers make a plan to manage their refunds, create a budget, reduce debt and much more.


Tuesday, February 6, 2018
Departments of Health and Consumer Affairs Remind New Yorkers: Fever, Headache, Cough, Body Aches...Use Your Sick Leave, and Stay Home If You Have the Flu
Yesterday the City confirmed two influenza-related pediatric deaths
The flu shot remains the best way to protect against the influenza virus and its severe symptoms and complications; those with flu-like symptoms should see their medical provider immediately
Vaccine is widely available; to find a vaccine, New Yorkers can call 311, visit nyc.gov/flu for the Flu Vaccine Locator or text “flu” to 877877

NEW YORK, NY – As influenza continues to spread across New York City, Health Commissioner Dr. Mary T. Bassett and Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) Commissioner Lorelei Salas reminded New Yorkers that they can limit the spread of influenza by seeking care from a medical professional and staying home from work if they are sick. Thanks to NYC’s Paid Sick Leave Law, New Yorkers have the right to stay home and care for themselves or their family, regardless of immigration status. They also reminded New Yorkers that there is still time to get a flu shot. A flu shot, administered even after influenza season has arrived, can still provide immunity and mitigate the symptoms and complications should one contract the virus. The vaccine remains readily available; to find a vaccine, New Yorkers can call 311, visit nyc.gov/flu for the Flu Vaccine Locator or text “flu” to 877877.


Monday, January 29, 2018
De Blasio Administration Joins Citi Community Development and the National Disability Institute to Launch Initiative Aimed at Strengthening the Financial Health of People with Disabilities
New York City is the first to be part of Empowered Cities, a multi-year national initiative to develop training, tools, curricula, technology, and research to advance the financial empowerment of people with disabilities
NEW YORK, NY – The de Blasio Administration joined Citi Community Development and the National Disability Institute today to announce the launch of Empowered Cities, a national initiative that encourages municipalities to expand financial empowerment and economic inclusion to people living with disabilities and their families. The announcement includes the launch of EmpoweredNYC, the first local investment under the initiative, which will focus on strengthening the financial health of New Yorkers with disabilities across the five boroughs. Empowered Cities was launched with $2 million in support from Citi Community Development, $1 million of which is being used to fund EmpoweredNYC.


Friday, January 26, 2018
Department of Consumer Affairs Launches Student Debt Clinics in Targeted Neighborhoods to Aid New Yorkers
DCA Releases Tips to Help New Yorkers Better Understand Their Student Loans
NEW YORK, NY – The NYC Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) Commissioner Lorelei Salas today announced the launch of DCA’s Student Loan Debt Clinics and the release of DCA’s “Quick Tips Once You Have Student Loans” to help New Yorkers understand their student loans and how to repay them. Beginning this weekend, DCA’s Office of Financial Empowerment (OFE) will host a series of student loan debt clinics in partnership with Phipps Neighborhoods Opportunity Center at Melrose, Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation, and New York Legal Assistance Group, in targeted neighborhoods to assist New Yorkers who have questions or concerns in dealing with or understanding their student loan debt. The student loan debt clinics will include free confidential one-on-one financial counseling and legal aid professionals will be onsite to provide assistance as needed.


Thursday, January 25, 2018
Department of Consumer Affairs and Partners Kick Off the Tax Season with Continued Expansion of NYC Free Tax Prep
New Yorkers Earning $66,000 or Less Can File for Free at More Than 200 Sites Citywide or Online
NEW YORK, NY – Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) Commissioner Lorelei Salas today kicked off the tax season with the launch of the Agency’s 16th annual tax season campaign and encouraged New Yorkers who earned $66,000 or less to file for free using NYC Free Tax Prep. Commissioner Salas also announced the Agency’s continued expansion of NYC Free Tax Prep with the addition of services in previously underserved neighborhoods, increased promotion of self prep services, and a 12-hour tax preparation marathon event. The announcement was made the day before Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Awareness Day with free tax prep provider Moshulu Montefiore Community Center at Grant Houses Cornerstone in Harlem, one of the new sites opening for the 2018 tax season.


Thursday, January 25, 2018
Department of Consumer Affairs Begins Accepting Electronic Cigarette Retail Dealer License Applications
DCA Will Accept License Applications from January 25, 2018 until April 25, 2018 When Community District Caps will be Established
NEW YORK, NY – The Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) Commissioner Lorelei Salas today announced that the application period for Electronic Cigarette Retail Dealer licenses is now open. DCA will accept applications until April 25, 2018, when DCA will, as required by law, set limits on the number of Electronic Cigarette Retail Dealer licenses by community district. The caps will be set at 50 percent of the number of licenses issued during the 90 day application period. After the application period closes, no new licenses will be issued until after the number of licenses falls below the cap in a given community district. This licensing announcement is part of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s initiative to reduce the number of smokers in New York City by 160,000 over the next three years.


Thursday, January 11, 2018
Departments of Consumer Affairs and Housing Preservation and Development Ring in the New Year with New Housing Ambassador Locations with Financial Counseling Through "Ready to Rent" Program
New Yorkers Can Add Strengthening their Personal Finances to Their List of 2018 New Year Resolutions
NEW YORK, NY – The New York City Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) Commissioner Lorelei Salas and the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) Commissioner Maria Torres-Springer today announced five new Housing Ambassador locations as financial counseling host sites for “Ready to Rent,” a program providing New Yorkers free one-on-one financial counseling and assistance with affordable housing applications. Just in time for the New Year, residents can access housing- focused financial counseling and application assistance at five specific Housing Ambassador locations across the city – Churches United for Fair Housing, Los Sures - Southside United HDFC, Legal Hand Jamaica: Center for Court Innovation, We Stay - Nos Quedamos, and Acacia Network – East Harlem Council for Community Improvement – which will host regular counseling sessions from January through June 2018. To schedule a free appointment or to contact a Housing Ambassador, New Yorkers can call 311 and say “Ready to Rent” or visit nyc.gov/housing-ambassadors.