Consumer

New York Forum on Tax Identity Theft

New York Forum on Tax Identity Theft

January 7, 2014 at 2:17 pm 0 comments

Tax identity theft is the fastest growing forms of identity theft in the U.S.  Learn how to protect yourself, your family, and your friends at this moderated panel discussion. SPEAKERS: Robin Eichen, Federal Trade Commission William Kalb, Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) Giovanni Lepore, IRS Sarah Dranoff, SouthRead More

23 Tips To Help Make Your Holiday Shopping Fraud-Free and a Little Bit Less Stressful ;)

23 Tips To Help Make Your Holiday Shopping Fraud-Free and a Little Bit Less Stressful ;)

December 15, 2013 at 3:24 am 0 comments

Will you be avoiding the long lines this holiday season by shopping online?  If so, learn how to protect yourself from identity theft and other online crimes. Identity theft is the fastest growing crime in America, with the average victim spending 175 hours and $1000.00 repairing the damage. Cyber criminalsRead More

Did you forget to answer a consumer debt summons or complaint? This free online form can help you answer to the judge

Did you forget to answer a consumer debt summons or complaint? This free online form can help you answer to the judge

December 9, 2013 at 9:20 pm 0 comments

Every year, thousands of New Yorkers are taken to civil court for debt.   You can get taken to court for consumer debt by credit card companies, hospitals, banks, other people, or a company. In many cases, your consumer debt case may be sold to a collection agency.  The collection agencyRead More

Ulster County Workshop to Save Money on your Energy Bill on 11/16!

Ulster County Workshop to Save Money on your Energy Bill on 11/16!

November 7, 2013 at 10:31 am 0 comments

Save Mo ney on your Energy Bill! Learn How at FREE Workshop on October 24 With winter around the corner, now is the perfect time to take steps to make your home or apartment more energy efficient. Learn how to reduce energy bills with low-cost, no-cost actions and more at Cornell CooperativeRead More

Make an informed decision for judgeships on Election Day! Visit the non-partisan NYS Judicial Candidate Voter Guide

October 29, 2013 at 2:32 pm 0 comments

In New York State certain judgeships are filled by election, while others are filled by appointment.  The Judicial Campaign Ethics Center of the New York State Unified Court System has launched the annual non-partisan Judicial Candidate Voter Guide at www.nycourts.gov/vote. This Voter Guide provides information about judges who are candidatesRead More

Find out if you qualify for low-cost phone service through NY’s Lifeline or Link-Up Programs

October 24, 2013 at 12:32 pm 0 comments

Do you you know you may qualify for a discount on your telephone service through the Lifeline and Link-up programs? The program provides qualified consumer with discounts for monthly residential phone bills for basic telephone service and some wireless and cellular providers. Link-up program: provides a discount on the costRead More

Beware of Mortgage Rescue Scams!

October 4, 2013 at 5:25 am 0 comments

Many people, desperate to save their homes, are being victimized by foreclosure rescue companies. Many of these companies promise to negotiate with mortgage banks for lower rates, get payment forgiveness and other benefits in exchange for illegal upfront fees —promises they won’t or can’t actually fulfill. As a result, consumersRead More

Drowning in Debt in NYC?  You’re not alone!  Find free financial and debt counseling

Drowning in Debt in NYC? You’re not alone! Find free financial and debt counseling

September 24, 2013 at 12:50 pm 0 comments

Maintaining healthy finances is often a daunting process for many people. It can be complex to keep track of the various interest rates, debts and obligations. It is also easy to fall into the trap of misinformation.  But its worth trying to figuring it all out!  Why?  Because financial literacyRead More

Preparing for Court in New York

Preparing for Court in New York

September 9, 2013 at 1:26 pm 0 comments

There’s no doubt that going to court is stressful.  There is a lot you have to do to prepare your documents and your thoughts to be ready to appear before a judge. This quick guide will help explain the different steps you will have to take when you go toRead More

New York City Gets Ready For Paid Sick Days

New York City Gets Ready For Paid Sick Days

July 19, 2013 at 1:24 pm 0 comments

For years, over 1 million New Yorkers have forced themselves to go in to work regardless of their, or a family member’s, poor health. Risk of getting fired, losing preference on good shifts and no access to sick pay are the main causes behind this crisis – a crisis whichRead More