Department of Consumer Affairs

Op-Ed: Stop the fines
News Op-Ed 8/31/2013 at 12:04PM

MAUREEN REGAN It is harder than ever to run a small business in New York City. The cost of doing business here is the highest in the country. On top of that, the number of violations and fines imposed on small businesses throughout the city, and especially in the outer boroughs, has skyrocketed. To make [...]

Queens street vendors, businesses compete for customers
Queens street vendors, businesses compete for customers
Top Stories Angy Altamirano 8/26/2013 at 10:15AM

While a bill that would regulate the number of mobile street vendors still sits in the state Senate, businesses remain frustrated as they continue to battle to keep their customers. For the past few years, businesses said they have seen mobile street vendors growing to a point where pedestrians can find a handful on one [...]

Queens small businesses burdened by fines, says de Blasio
Queens small businesses burdened by fines, says de Blasio
Business Terence M. Cullen 2/26/2013 at 11:59AM

Queens small businesses are suffering because of excessive fines from city agencies, while Manhattan is left practically untouched, according to Public Advocate Bill de Blasio. Fine revenue from the Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) and Department of Health (DOH) on Queens businesses has risen by $54 million between fiscal years 2002 and 2012, de Blasio [...]

Amendment to bring sidewalk cafes back to LIC
Amendment to bring sidewalk cafes back to LIC
Top Stories Alexa Altman 1/21/2013 at 4:57PM

Once hampered by noise complaints and numerous tickets, Manducatis Rustica owner Gianna Cerbone-Teoli is looking forward to resurrecting her Vernon Boulevard establishment’s sidewalk café. “I’m ecstatic about it,” said Cerbone-Teoli. “It’s really nice to see people sitting outside on the street and it brings more people to the area.” Presented at a community meeting by [...]

Briarwood deli hit with violation for selling “loosie” cigarettes
Briarwood deli hit with violation for selling “loosie” cigarettes
News Melissa Chan 6/22/2012 at 2:11PM

A city investigation pinned a previously problematic deli grocery store in Briarwood with only one violation after multiple residents complained the store was selling “loosie” cigarettes and packs of smokes to minors. Community Board 8 filed a complaint against the 84th Deli Grocery to the city’s Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) this April, according to [...]