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Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks on signing the paid sick leave bill into law on March 20, 2014. (credit: Marla Diamond/WCBS 880)

Feeling Sick? More New Yorkers Can Start Using Paid Sick Leave

The paid sick leave law, which went into effect on April 1, covers employees who work more than 80 hours during a calendar year in New York City.

07/30/2014

FILE PHOTO -- A carriage horse trots near Central Park on April 21, 2014. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

New York City Carriage Driver Accused In Horse Switch

A carriage driver has been accused of altering a hoof brand to make a 22-year-old draft horse with a breathing ailment appear to be a healthier horse nearly half its age.

04/29/2014

FILE - Cars are seen on the sales lot of a dealership (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

DCA: 9 Car Dealerships In Brooklyn, Queens Charged With Deceiving Customers

Authorities received more than 200 complaints about Planet Automotive, Inc., Northern Auto Traders, LLC, Auto Palace, Inc. and from six of Giuffre Motor Car Co. LLC’s locations, the DCA said.

05/01/2013

Big Daddy's on Second Avenue (credit: Eileen Lehpamer/1010 WINS)

UES Diner Faces Major Challenges During 2nd Avenue Construction Project

Big Daddy’s, which is located at Second Avenue and 83rd Street, was fined a total of $3,000 and ordered to close for five consecutive days for operating an outdoor cafe, violating a rule that came about in 2009 for the subway project.

08/23/2012

FILE -- A man holds a cremation urn in the showroom of a funeral parlor (Photo by Chris Hondros/Getty Images)

DCA: 1 In 3 NYC Funeral Homes In Violation Of Consumer Rights

New York City’s Department of Consumer Affairs has issued more than 325 violations against funeral homes in connection with its investigation, which consisted of hundreds of in-person and telephone inspections over a two-month period.

05/01/2012

Katharine Gibbs School Website (credit: CBS 2)

Authorities Warn Of Predatory Trade School Scams

“It’s really just unacceptable and it’s happening to too many New Yorkers,” said Jonathan Mintz, Department of Consumer Affairs Commissioner.

02/02/2012

Taxis and cars drive past Canal Street in Chinatown in Manhattan April 23, 2007 in New York.  New York is mulling a congestion-pricing scheme for Manhattan, Mayor Bloomberg announced recently.  (Photo by Chris Hondros/Getty Images)

NY Pols Seek To Make Business Signs Mostly English

Two New York City Councilmen want to rewrite foreign-language store signs in English.

07/03/2011

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NYC Investigation Reveals Major Fraud Among Tax Preparers

During an inspection of more than 1,200, 1 in 3 were found to be misrepresenting qualifications, violating consumer rights and illegally advertising rapid refunds.

03/30/2011

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Consumer Affairs Going After Cheating NYC Supermarkets

The Department of Consumer Affairs will double supermarket inspections this year in an effort to prevent consumers from being taken advantage of.

03/04/2011