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File #: Int 1086-2016    Version: Name: Requiring the dept of consumer affairs to provide seniors with outreach and education regarding consumer protection issues.
Type: Introduction Status: Enacted
Committee: Committee on Consumer Affairs
On agenda: 2/24/2016
Enactment date: 8/31/2016 Law number: 2016/100
Title: A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to requiring the department of consumer affairs to provide seniors with outreach and education regarding consumer protection issues
Sponsors: Chaim M. Deutsch, Rafael L. Espinal, Jr., Melissa Mark-Viverito, Annabel Palma, Inez E. Dickens, Deborah L. Rose, Vincent J. Gentile, Ydanis A. Rodriguez, Carlos Menchaca, Brad S. Lander, James G. Van Bramer, Helen K. Rosenthal, Corey D. Johnson, Ruben Wills, Andrew Cohen, Margaret S. Chin, Daniel Dromm , Stephen T. Levin, Karen Koslowitz, Paul A. Vallone, Ben Kallos, Eric A. Ulrich
Council Member Sponsors: 22
Summary: This bill would require the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) to establish and engage in outreach and educational efforts around consumer protection issues relevant to individuals sixty years of age and older. This outreach would include information about such issues as telemarketing and internet fraud, Social Security, Medicare and healthcare fraud, reverse mortgage products, and investment schemes. DCA would be required to post this information on its website and provide it to the Department for the Aging (DFTA). The bill would further require DFTA to ensure that materials created as part of this initiative are made available at all senior centers and naturally occurring retirement communities in the city.
Indexes: Oversight
Attachments: 1. Legislative History Report, 2. Summary of Int. No. 1086, 3. Int. No. 1086 - 2/24/16, 4. February 24, 2016 - Stated Meeting Agenda with Links to Files, 5. Committee Report 6/16/16, 6. Hearing Testimony 6/16/16, 7. Hearing Transcript 6/16/16, 8. Proposed Int. No. 1086-A - 8/11/16, 9. Committee Report 8/16/16, 10. Hearing Transcript 8/16/16, 11. August 16, 2016 - Stated Meeting Agenda with Links to Files, 12. Fiscal Impact Statement, 13. Int. No. 1086-A (FINAL), 14. Hearing Transcript - Stated Meeting 8-16-16, 15. Mayor's Letter, 16. Minutes of the Stated Meeting - August 16, 2016, 17. Local Law 100
Date Ver.Prime SponsorAction ByActionResultAction DetailsMeeting DetailsMultimedia
8/31/2016AChaim M. Deutsch City Council Recved from Mayor by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
8/31/2016AChaim M. Deutsch Mayor Signed Into Law by Mayor  Action details Meeting details Not available
8/31/2016AChaim M. Deutsch Mayor Hearing Held by Mayor  Action details Meeting details Not available
8/16/2016AChaim M. Deutsch City Council Sent to Mayor by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
8/16/2016AChaim M. Deutsch City Council Approved by CouncilPass Action details Meeting details Not available
8/16/2016*Chaim M. Deutsch Committee on Consumer Affairs Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
8/16/2016*Chaim M. Deutsch Committee on Consumer Affairs Amendment Proposed by Comm  Action details Meeting details Not available
8/16/2016*Chaim M. Deutsch Committee on Consumer Affairs Amended by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
8/16/2016AChaim M. Deutsch Committee on Consumer Affairs Approved by CommitteePass Action details Meeting details Not available
6/16/2016*Chaim M. Deutsch Committee on Consumer Affairs Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
6/16/2016*Chaim M. Deutsch Committee on Consumer Affairs Amendment Proposed by Comm  Action details Meeting details Not available
6/16/2016*Chaim M. Deutsch Committee on Consumer Affairs Laid Over by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
2/24/2016*Chaim M. Deutsch City Council Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
2/24/2016*Chaim M. Deutsch City Council Introduced by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available

Int. No. 1086-A

 

By Council Members Deutsch, Espinal, the Speaker (Council Member Mark-Viverito), Palma, Dickens, Rose, Gentile, Rodriguez, Menchaca, Lander, Van Bramer, Rosenthal, Johnson, Wills, Cohen, Chin, Dromm, Levin, Koslowitz, Vallone, Kallos and Ulrich

 

A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to requiring the department of consumer affairs to provide seniors with outreach and education regarding consumer protection issues

 

Be it enacted by the Council as follows:

 

Section 1. Subchapter 1 of chapter 5 of title 20 of the administrative code of the city of New York is amended by adding a new section 20-706.3 to read as follows:

§ 20-706.3 Outreach and education on consumer protection for seniors. a. Definitions. For purposes of this section:

Naturally Occurring Retirement Community. The term “naturally occurring retirement community” means an apartment building, housing complex, or housing development, as identified by the department for the aging: (i) that was not originally built for senior citizens; (ii) that is not restricted in admissions solely to seniors; and (iii) where at least 2,500 senior citizens reside or at least 50 percent of the dwelling units are occupied by one or more senior citizens.

Senior Center. The term “senior center” shall have the same meaning as provided by section 21-201.

b. The commissioner, in consultation with the commissioner for the aging, shall establish and engage in outreach and education efforts that are tailored to individuals ages 60 years and older. Such outreach and education shall relate to consumer issues that are likely to affect individuals ages 60 and older including, but not limited to: (i) telemarketing and internet fraud; (ii) social security, medicare and healthcare fraud; (iii) reverse mortgage products; and (iv) investment schemes. Such outreach and education shall also provide information related to the department’s office of financial empowerment and its financial education providers, as well as information on how to report fraudulent activity. The outreach and education required by this section shall commence on December 1, 2016 and shall include, but not be limited to, educational materials that shall be made available on the department’s website on or before such date, and submitted to the commissioner for the aging no later than December 1, 2016. The educational materials made available on the department’s website pursuant to this section shall be made available in English and in the six languages most commonly spoken by limited English proficient individuals in the city as determined by the department of city planning. The commissioner shall review the educational materials made available on the department’s website, update the educational materials as needed, and submit any such updated materials to the commissioner for the aging annually as needed.

c. The commissioner for the aging shall make best efforts to ensure that the materials required by subdivision b of this section are made available at every senior center and naturally occurring retirement community as soon as practicable.

§ 2. This local law takes effect immediately.

ENB/LUR

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