DCA Announces 50,000 New Yorkers Have Received Free Counseling From Harlem To Hollis

Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) Commissioner Lorelei Salas today announced that the NYC Financial Empowerment Centers have conducted nearly 100,000 counseling sessions since 2008, helping 50,000 New Yorkers improve their financial health and reduce their debt by $54.9 million and increase their savings by $4.4 million. Continue Reading →

Department Of Consumer Affairs Release Report Marking The First Year Of The Freelance Isn’t Free Act

Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) Commissioner Lorelei Salas today announced the release of a report by its Office of Labor Policy & Standards (OLPS) titled “Demanding Rights in an On-Demand Economy: Key Findings from Year One of NYC’s Freelance Isn’t Free Act.Continue Reading →

Department Of Consumer Affairs’ Releases Reports On Paid Care Workers In NYC

The Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) Commissioner Lorelei Salas (pictured) today announced the release of a report by its Office of Labor Policy & Standards (OLPS) titled Lifting up Paid Care Work: Year One of New York City’s Paid Care Division. Continue Reading →

NYC Warns Harlemites And Others About Growing Students Loan Debt Crisis

Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) Deputy Commissioner of the Office of Financial Empowerment (OFE) Nicole Perry today, as part of National Consumer Protection Week, spoke about the growing consumer concern related to student loan debt, and encouraged New Yorkers to take advantage of free City tools and resources. Continue Reading →

Department Of Consumer Affairs Charges Against Bail Bond Agent Marvin Morgan

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. Continue Reading →

Student Loan Outcomes Vary From Harlem To Hollis Yet Higher Among Older Borrowers And Low Incomes Areas

The NYC Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) Office of Financial Empowerment (OFE) and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York today announced the findings of Student Loan Borrowing Across NYC Neighborhoods (the Report), the first neighborhood-level examination of student loan outcomes. Continue Reading →

DCA’s Lorelei Salas Launches Online Scheduling Service For Free Financial Counseling

NYC Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) Commissioner Lorelei Salas today announced the launch of online scheduling for the NYC Financial Empowerment Centers, which provide free, one-on-one financial counseling. Continue Reading →

Department Of Consumer Affairs Kicked Off NYC Free Tax Prep From Harlem To Hollis

Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) Commissioner Lorelei Salas today kicked off the tax season with the launch of the Agency’s 15th annual tax time campaign and encouraged New Yorkers who earned $64,000 or less to file for free using NYC Free Tax Prep. Continue Reading →

Department Of Consumer Affairs From Harlem To Hollis Anounce Minimum Wage Increase

east-harlem-blurrDepartment of Consumer Affairs (DCA) Commissioner Lorelei Salas and staff, as well as representatives from the City Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) and Small Business Services (SBS), visited businesses from Harlem To Hollis today to educate businesses about the upcoming increase in the state minimum wage. Continue Reading →

Notice Of Hearing And Opportunity To Comment On Living Wage

Living WageAs required by Local Law 6 for the Year 2008, the Department of Consumer Affairs is forwarding the following Notice of Public Hearing and Opportunity to Harlem World Magazine for Comment on Proposed Rules regarding Living Wage. Continue Reading →

Department of Consumer Affairs Warns About Predatory Tax Preparer Tactics

tax tips inharlemDepartment of Consumer Affairs (DCA) First Deputy Commissioner Alba Pico today, as part of National Consumer Protection Week, issued a warning to New Yorkers about predatory tax preparer tactics, including overcharging, hidden fees and filing without permission. Continue Reading →

Whole Foods To Pay For Overcharging Shoppers In NY

whole foods in harlemAs we anticipate the new Whole Foods in Harlem open, Raked reports that in an effort to settle an investigation that it overcharged customers in New York City, Whole Foods has agreed to pay $500,000 to the Department of Consumer Affairs. Continue Reading →