Consumer Affairs eNewsletter: August 2016

By Newsroom America Feeds at 31 Aug 2016

Newsletter - DCA



Another Labor Day Milestone in NYC
The first Labor Day was celebrated in New York City in 1882. As we head into the Labor Day weekend more than 100 years later, Mayor Bill de Blasio and DCA Commissioner Lorelei Salas announced another milestone with the appointment of Liz Vladeck, an experienced, highly respected labor lawyer and advocate, as Deputy Commissioner of the new Office of Labor Policy and Standards. Deputy Commissioner Vladeck, a third-generation New Yorker, has worked within the New York City labor movement for many years as both in-house and outside counsel for a number of unions. The Office will serve as the City's focal point for research, advocacy, and relevant enforcement of labor-related issues in New York City, and will, for the first time, give working families a dedicated voice in City government. Read press release announcing the appointment of Liz Vladeck.


Gas Station Inspections
A popular Labor Day tradition is to travel during the long holiday weekend. Our team protects New Yorkers' wallets at the gas station by inspecting the accuracy and quality of gasoline dispensed. We also check to make sure the advertised price on signs is the same you'll see at the pump. If you have a problem at a gas station, let us know by filing a complaint.

Back-to-School Shopping Tips
The first day of school is just around the corner and stores are filled with back-to-school promotions. If something is on sale, make sure the store charges the sale price and that you do not get overcharged. Also, think twice before buying a "female version" of any product. Our Study of Gender Pricing in NYC showed that women's products generally cost more than similar products for men. Get more tips.

NYC's Air Conditioning Law
Did you know? It is illegal for businesses to leave store doors open while air conditioning is running. We've sent materials to small businesses and chain stores and educated business owners during our outreach events to let them know that they can protect the environment and save money - simply by shutting the front door. If you spot a store door open, let us know by filing a complaint.

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