Recent DCWP Press Releases

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.