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PAGE 2                                                    THE QUEENS TIMES                                THURSDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2019

                                                                       ‘Tis the Season For Shopping: NYS Division of Consumer
                                                                       Protection Reminds New Yorkers to Make Informed Decisions
                                                                                      During the Holiday Shopping Season

                                                                      (Continued from page 1)   store’s refund policy before con-  identifiable  information  when
                                                                                                sidering a purchase. If the store  making  purchases  online.  It  is
                                                                   that an overdue bill or federal debt  does not post a return policy, the  imperative that consumers ensure
                                                                   can be paid with a gift card.  No  law requires the store to accept a  they are conducting their transac-
                                                                   one from the government, utility  return within 30 days of purchase,  tions over a secure connection.
                                                                   companies, or the police would  with proof of purchase. Consum-  Consumers should:
                                                                   ask for payment via gift card.  ers should retain receipts in the  •    Check the URL of a website
                                                                        “Big Ticket” Items: When  event gifts need to be returned.  to confirm it starts with “https”
                                                                   purchasing big ticket items, con-  Shoppers should inquire whether  instead of “http” to ensure the site
                                                                   sumers should look for and re-  the store imposes a re-stocking  is secured using an SSL Certifi-
                                                                   view warranty coverage on the  fee for returned merchandise and  cate and that personal information
                                                                   specific item. Consumers should  determine prior to purchase if the  will be encrypted. The address bar
                                                                   also check the stock availability  item can be returned for a refund  should contain a small padlock
                                                                   at the store. It’s also important for  or store credit only.  icon, which is another indication
                                                                   consumers to review the financ-       Credit Cards: Holiday pur-  that the site is secure;
                                                                   ing options carefully.       chases may cost consumers more  •    Do their shopping while con-
                                                                        As consumers comb retail  than what is on their receipt. The  nected to a secure network, rather
                                                                   advertisements, they should take  Division of Consumer Protection  than public WiFi or an unknown
                                                                   note  of  the  fine  print  and  the  urges consumers to track their  WiFi  server.  Public  WiFi  does
                                                                   quantity of the product available  spending, be cognizant of credit  not mask any information, even
                                                                   at the advertised price, as well as  card limits and stick to a real-  if a website or app seems secure.
                                                                   whether rain checks are available.  istic budget. Consumers should  Usernames,  passwords,  credit
                                                                        Layaway Plans: Layaway plans  verify  receipts  and  reconcile  card and account information can
                                                                   vary by store. Consumers should  them against their statement. In  be easily seen by hackers who are
                                                                   make sure they read all terms in  addition, consumers are cautioned  logged  into  the  same  network.
                                                                   the contract and have their ques-  against using their credit card for  Public  computers  can  be  com-
                                                                   tions  answered  regarding  the  cash advances, as fees and interest  promised with malicious software
                                                                   payment schedules, refund poli-  on such transactions are higher  and should also be avoided when
                                                                   cies and penalties for missing a  than for credit card purchases.  shopping online;
                                                                   payment before moving forward  Consumers should always review  •        Secure  computers,  mobile
                                                                   with a layaway purchase. A copy  monthly credit card statements  devices and home WiFi networks
                                                                   of the contract and a record of  carefully to ensure they are be-  by keeping the operating systems
                                                                   payments should be retained by  ing billed for the correct dollar  and antivirus software up to date
                                                                   the consumer.                amount.                      with the latest security patches.
                                                                             Refund  and  Return  Poli-       Shop Safely Online: Consum-
                                                                   cies: Consumers should review a  ers should protect their personal,   (Continued on page 4)
                                                                          Council Member Francisco Moya And Community

                                                                        Organizations Hand Out 1,000 Thanksgiving Turkeys
                     Subscribe to the                                 (Continued from page 1)   get to sit down with their families  and an example of what’s possible
              Queens Times                                              In a two-day effort that be-  for  a  home-cooked  dinner  this  when we work together as a com-
                                                                                                Thanksgiving,”  said  Michael  munity. It was a pleasure working

                                                                   Member Moya hosted four turkey  Construction and General Build-
                                                                                                                             all the other sponsors for such a
              Your Local Newspaper-One Edition for All Of Queens   gan Sunday afternoon, Council  Prohaska, the business manager at  with Council Member Moya and
                                                                   drives  with  Iconic  32  Sports,  ing Laborers’ Local 79. “At the end  worthy cause.”
                    Just $28.50 per year... and have the paper     New York City District Council  of the day, this goes to the heart of       “One of the most powerful
                       delivered to your door by US Mail           of Carpenters, Construction and  why we do what we do: To ensure  gifts you can give in life is giving
                                                                   General Building Laborers’ Lo-  the needs of hard-working men  back to the community that you
                   Please Enter my Subscription For One Year       cal 79, Lieutenant Mike Almonte  and women are always taken care  grew up in,” said Steve Espail-
                                                                   of the New York Police Depart-  of. We applaud Council Member  lat, the co-founder of Iconic 32
           Name ..............................................................................  ment, Queensboro Football Club,  Moya and the organizations that  Sports Lab. “It’s a great feeling
                                                                   Colorwerx, Precision Concierge  helped put this drive together.”    to know that due to our collective
           Address ..........................................................................  NY, CCA Metro, AG Power and       “We’re thankful for the great  efforts, 1,000 families will share
                                                                   the Ideal Food Basket market in  partnerships we have within our  a meal with their loved ones this
           City..................................................Zip...........................  Corona.  communities to give back to fami-  Thanksgiving.”
                                                                        “This is what Thanksgiving is  lies in need,” said Joseph Geiger,       “All I can say is Corona made
             Please make check payable to: Queens Times and mail to:    all about,” said Council Member  Executive  Secretary-Treasurer  me,” said Alex Guzman, the own-
                   11-20 154th Street, Whitestone, NY 11357        Francisco Moya, who represents  of New York City and Vicinity  er of AG Power. “This is where my
                                                                   District 21 in Queens. “We had so  District Council of Carpenters.  father started it all, these are the
                                                                   many people and organizations,  “This holiday season, the Car-  people who helped us get where
                                                                   not just from Corona or Queens  penter  Contractor  Alliance  of  we are. To give back to the com-
                                                                   but across the city, come together  Metropolitan New York on behalf  munity is a privilege. You see,
                                                                   in the spirit of giving to help us  of the New York City & Vicinity  one of the things I’ve learned is
                                                                   make this event possible. Access  District  Council  of  Carpenters  you don’t give to receive, you give
                                                                   to healthy and fresh food should  and in partnership with Council-  because you’re thankful and above
                     Published every week by C.T. Publishing Corp.  never  be  considered  a  luxury  man Francisco Moya are donating  all because I know my compensa-
           Executive Office: 108-59 49th Avenue, Corona Heights, NY 11368  but for too many families, that’s  Thanksgiving turkeys to families  tion comes from God.”
                Operations: 11-20 154th Street, Whitestone, NY 11357  exactly what it is. That’s why it’s  in Corona. This is a small way we       Council Member Moya repre-
                    Phone (718) 592-2196 • FAX (718) 357-3682      such a privilege to help make the  can give back this Thanksgiving.”  sents the New York City Council’s
                     Web Site:                 holidays a little more special for       “I’m thankful to be part of an  21st District, which encompasses
                     email:                 these  families.  I’m  so  grateful  amazing team that continues to  Corona, East Elmhurst, LeFrak
                                                                   for our incredible sponsors who  go beyond the call of duty,” said  City and parts of Jackson Heights.
                                                                   leaped at the opportunity to make  Lt. Mike Almonte, of the NYPD’s  He chairs the Subcommittee on
               James C. Lisa .........................Publisher/Editor  these turkey giveaways possible.”  Community Affairs Bureau. “All  Zoning and Franchises and sits
               Lew Scala .............................. Associate Publisher/Webmaster       Some 750 families received  walks of life have come together  on seven other committees: Civil
               Joseph V. Dorsa ....................Photo Journalist  turkeys at Sunday’s event at Park  for a common purpose, which is to  Service and Labor; Cultural Af-
               Lou Duro ...............................International Correspondent  of the Americas in Corona. On  give back to the very community  fairs, Libraries, and International
               Merle Exit ..............................Arts/Entertainment Editor  Monday, 250 more main courses  that has given so much to us. I feel  Intergroup  Relations;  Finance;
               Nicole Rescigno.......................Office Manager  were  distributed  at  Alberta  L.  blessed to be in this position and  Immigration;  Land  Use;  Parks
               Bob Grant................................Photo Journalist  Alston House, an assisted living  will continue to give it my all.”  and Recreation; and Hospitals.
                                                                   facility in Corona; the Langston       “It was an absolute privilege  Additionally,  Council  Member
         The Queens Times, USPS # P127 AIC060 is published weekly by CT Publishing Corp.   Hughes Community Library; and  and a joy to help put some smiles  Moya serves as the vice co-chair
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         MSTER: Send address changes to Queens Times at 11-20 154th Street, Whitestone,        “There is nothing more reward-  tables,”  said  Jonathan  Krane,  Caucus (BLAC). For more infor-
         NY 11357                                                  ing  than  knowing  hundreds  of  founding partner of Queensboro  mation, please visit
                                                                   working-class New Yorkers will  FC. “This was truly a team effort  gov/francisco-moya/.
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