Advocacy

DCA advocates for policies and legislation that protect and enhance the daily economic lives of New Yorkers. Note: Comments, letters, and testimonies are in PDF.


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2018

09.17.18
Westchester County Committees on Budget & Appropriations, Labor & Housing, and Legislation Hearing on Article III Chapter 700 Providing Paid Sick Leave for Certain Employees
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09.13.18
Letter to U.S. Department of Education regarding Docket ID ED-2018-OPE-0042, Program Integrity: Gainful Employment
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08.30.18
Letter to U.S. Department of Education regarding Docket ID ED-2018-OPE-0027, Student Assistance General Provisions, Federal Perkins Loan Program, Federal Family Education Loan Program, and William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program
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08.13.18
Letter to the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services regarding File Code CMS-2413-P; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services – Medicaid Program; Reassignment of Medical Provider Claims
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07.24.18
Statement to the United States House Committee on Education and Workforce Subcommittee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions on Hearing on H.R. 4219, "Workflex in the 21st Century Act"
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07.24.18
Statement to the United States Senate Committee on Finance, Subcommittee on Social Security, Pensions and Families on Hearing on "Examining the Importance of Paid Family Leave for American Working Families"
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07.10.18
Letter to the New York State Department of Labor on Proposed Rule on Hours Worked, 24-hour shifts
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07.03.18
Letter to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on Request for Information Regarding Bureau Financial Education Programs
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06.29.18
Letter to the New York State Department of Labor on Eliminating the Subminimum Wage for Tipped Workers
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06.21.18
Hearing on Introductions 823, 936, and 965. Testimony on Intro 823 Related to Restaurant Surcharges
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06.04.18
Docket No. CFPB-2018-0006, Request for Information Regarding Bureau Public Reporting Practices of Consumer Complaint Information
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05.21.18
Docket ID ED-2017-OPE-0085, Request for Information on Evaluating Undue Hardship Claims in Adversary Actions Seeking Student Loan Discharge in Bankruptcy Proceedings
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05.02.18
Hearing on Introductions 510-A and 724, Regarding For-Profit Bail Bonds
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04.24.18
Hearing on Introductions 289, 723, 725, & 727 Regarding Sightseeing Buses
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04.23.18
Letter to FTC about September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Imposter Scam
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03.09.18
Hearing on Fiscal Year 2019 Preliminary Budget
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01.22.18
Letter to the New York State Department of Labor on Proposed Rule: Employee Scheduling (Call-In Pay) (I.D. No. LAB-47-17-00011-P)
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2017

 

12.27.17
Letter to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on the Draft Menu Labeling Supplemental Guidance for Industry (Docket No. FDA-2011-F-0172)
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12.19.17
Hearing on Workplace Leave Policies: Opportunities and Challenges for Employers and Working Families
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11.16.17
Letter to the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) on Registration Requirements and Prohibited Practices for Credit Reporting Agencies, Proposed 23 NYCRR 201
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11.15.17
Tow Truck Industry Compliance Report Covering 10/1/2016 – 9/30/2017
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11.15.17
Hearing on Oversight Enforcement of Local Law 17, and the Regulation of Pregnancy Services Centers
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09.25.17
Letter to U.S. Department of Labor on Defining and Delimiting the Exemptions for Executive, Administrative, Professional, Outside Sales and Computer Employees, RIN 1235-AA20
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09.15.17
NYC Policy Panel Testimony before the NYS Public Service Commission on Energy Service Companies
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09.08.17
Letter to Equifax on Data Breach
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06.19.17
Hearing on Pre-considered Introduction T2017-6329: A Local Law to Amend the Administrative Code of the City of New York, in Relation to Prohibiting Conversion Therapy
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05.24.17
Re: H.R. 10, The Financial CHOICE Act of 2017
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05.22.17
Hearing on Online Lending
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04.27.17
Hearing on Introductions 1131-A, 1471, 1532, 1544 and 1547 in Relation to Tobacco Product and Electronic Cigarette Licensing and Enforcement and Other Tobacco Product Price Floors
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04.26.17
Hearing on Introductions 1539-A & 1540 in Relation to Financing by Secondhand Automobile Dealers
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04.25.17
Public Hearing on the State of Workers' Rights in New York City
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04.24.17
Hearing on Introductions 1499, 1501, 1507, 1508, 1515, 1516, 1521, and 1526, in Relation to Penalty Mitigation Programs
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04.19.17
Hearing on Labor Movement in New York City after President Trump, Resolutions 5820 and 5862
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04.17.17
U.S. Department of Labor’s Fiduciary Duty Rule
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02.14.17
Hearing on Oversight of Regulation of the Towing Industry and Introduction 1173 in Relation to Increasing Maximum Towing Fees
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01.12.17
Introduction 1406, Regarding Nonbank ATMs
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2016

 

11.17.16
Introduction 746-A, Regarding Immigration Assistance Service Providers
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10.26.16
Introductions 72, 78, 432, 1061, 1299, and 1303 Regarding Vending
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10.07.16
Proposed Rule on Payday, Vehicle, Title and Certain High-Cost Installment Loans
Read DCA's letter to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)


09.26.16
Introductions 529-A, 713-A & 950 Regarding Sightseeing Buses
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09.15.16
The City University of New York Murphy Institute 2016 State of the Unions Report
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06.27.16
Introduction 59/2014 Relating to the Sale and Use of Gas-Powered Leaf Blowers
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06.16.16
Introductions 1085-A, 1086-A, and 1087-A Regarding Consumer Protection Outreach and Education for Women, Seniors, and Immigrants
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05.04.16
Hearing on Introduction 467-A: In Relation to the Registration of Costumed Individuals Engaged in Solicitation
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04.12.16
RIN 1235--AA13, Proposed Department of Labor (Wage and Hour Division) Rules on Establishing Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors
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04.12.16
Hearing on Introduction 1149: In Relation to the Licensing of Ticket Sellers
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03.21.16
2016 Preliminary Budget Hearing
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03.18.16
Forum on the Internal Revenue Service’s “Future State” Plan
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02.22.16
Hearing on Introduction 1006: In Relation to Repealing Licensure of Operators of Motion-Picture Projecting Machines
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01.14.16
Hearing on Introduction 803-A: Toxic Chemicals in Children’s Products
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2015

 

10.26.15
Hearing on Intro. 928: Regarding the Ban on Personal Care Products that Contain Microbeads
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09.08.15
Hearing on Intro. 850: Regarding the Use of Air Conditioning Systems
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06.18.15
Hearing on Intro. 697: The City Laundry Equity and Accountability Act
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05.15.15
Unsafe Working Conditions for Nail Salon Workers
Read DCA's letter to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)


05.12.15
Toxic Chemicals in Cosmetic Products
Read DCA's letter to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)


04.29.15
Hearing on Introduction 682: Tenant Relocation Specialists and Agencies
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04.22.15
Hearing on an Examination of Predatory Lending Practices in the Subprime Auto Loan Industry
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04.20.15
Intro. 743 (Establishing Office of Labor Standards) and Intro. 197 (Employer Cannot Retaliate Against Employee Who Discloses His/Her Wages)
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04.14.15
Intro. 726 (Business Education Days) and Intro. 729 (Reporting Dismissed Violations)
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04.13.15
A.2320, Act to Amend Law in Relation to the Labeling of Sugar-Sweetened Beverages with Warnings
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03.06.15
Fiscal Year 2016 Preliminary Budget Hearing
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02.24.15
Introduction 586 (Gas Station Road Signs)
Read testimony before the New York City Council Committee on Consumer Affairs


02.09.15
Education and Outreach on Financial Literacy for Young Adults
Read testimony before the New York City Council Committee on Consumer Affairs


 

2014

 

12.15.14
Investigation of Toxic Chemicals in Children's Products
Read press release "NYC DCA Commissioner Julie Menin Urges Federal Government to Investigate Toxic Chemicals in Children’s Products," including DCA’s full petition and Senator Gillibrand’s letter to the CPSC


11.25.14
Alternatives to High-Cost Financial Products
Read testimony before the New York State Assembly's Standing Committee on Banks and the Subcommittee on Banking in Underserved Communities


11.24.14
Toxic Chemicals in Toys
Read DCA's letter to the Toy Industry Association (TIA)


11.24.14
Payday Lending and Other Forms of High-cost Credit
Read DCA's letter to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)


11.14.14
Data Breaches' Impact on Consumers and the Availability and Sufficiency of State Resources Available to Consumers
Read testimony before the New York State Assembly's Standing Committee on Consumer Affairs and Protection


11.10.14
Limitations on Terms of Consumer Credit Extended to Service Members and Dependents
Read joint letter by DCA and Mayor's Office of Veterans' Affairs (MOVA) to the U.S. Department of Defense


10.29.14
Earned Sick Time Act (Paid Sick Leave Law): Implementation and Business Education
Read testimony before the New York City Council Committee on Small Business and Consumer Affairs


10.28.14
Used Car Sales in New York City: Ensuring Consumer Protections and Safety in the Sale of Used Vehicles Recalled by the Manufacturer
Read testimony before the New York City Council Committee on Consumer Affairs


09.18.14
Price Displays at Gas Stations in New York City and on Introduction 287 (Gas Station Road Signs)
Read testimony before the New York City Council Committee on Consumer Affairs


08.15.14
Proposed New York State Rules on Debt Collection Practices
Read comments to the New York State Department of Financial Services