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Health & City Services: Protecting Consumers

To help low-income New Yorkers manage and save their money, Mike Bloomberg created the Office of Financial Empowerment, which launched 25 Financial Empowerment Centers across the city. The centers have been replicated nationally in cities across the country.

  • Created 25 Financial Empowerment Centers that help low-income New Yorkers save and pay down debt.
  • Orchestrated a Tax Credit Campaign that helped New Yorkers claim about $20 billion in Federal, State and City refunds.
  • Online licensing became available for all 55 industries’ Department of Consumer Affairs licenses.