DCA eNewsletter: October 2016

By Newsroom America Feeds at 28 Oct 2016

Newsletter - DCA



DCA Investigates Predatory Lending in Used Car Industry
Commissioner Lorelei Salas and Council Member Rafael Espinal hosted a public hearing to listen directly from consumers about how they were harmed by high interest rates and high-pressure sales tactics at used car dealerships. We also heard from financial experts on how predatory lending in the auto industry is a growing problem. We plan to advocate for legislative solutions to protect New Yorkers. In the meantime, if you're planning to buy a used car, read our tips. If you have a problem with a used car dealer, file a complaint.

DCA Continues Listening Tour
After announcing our new mission last month, Commissioner Lorelei Salas embarked on a Community Listening Tour to solicit input from consumers, businesses, and workers about how we can best help them tackle predatory business and workplace practices, comply with key laws and rules, as well as build their assets and obtain access to safe financial products. We've already visited three boroughs and are eager to hear from YOU. See our event calendar.

DCA Begins Accepting General Vendor Waiting List Applications
For the first time in more than 20 years, DCA is excited to announce that we are creating a new waiting list for individuals to apply for a general vendor license, which is required to sell goods or services in a public space that is not a store. Waiting list applications will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. on November 15, 2016 and you can apply in person at one of our two Centers, online, or by mail. Download the Application Packet for more information.

DCA Warns New Yorkers about Toy Guns for Halloween Costumes
If you plan on accessorizing your Halloween costume with a fake gun, DCA reminds you that it is unsafe and illegal for businesses to sell fake guns that are black, silver, camouflage or any other color that is not bright or neon. Even if the fake gun has a brightly colored red or orange tip, it's still dangerous if the rest of the gun is dark-colored. Help us protect New Yorkers by reporting stores that sell fake guns that look real.

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