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          VOLUME 27, NO. 49                                   THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2022                                                   25 CENTS

                     CONSUMER ALERT:                                   Suozzi Presents Purple Heart to

               NYS Division of Consumer                                                 Iraq War Veteran
              Protection Provides Tips to
            Help Consumers Navigate The
               Holiday Shopping Season

           Discover What to Look for When Reviewing Return and Refund
           Policies

                As part of its five-part consumer alert holiday series, the Depart-
           ment of State’s Division of Consumer Protection reminds shoppers
           of New York State laws that protect consumers so they can make
           informed decisions about holiday purchases. To avoid surprises,
           DCP recommends that consumers carefully review and understand
           what to look for when reviewing return and refund policies.
                “Experts are predicting a strong holiday spending season despite
           recent economic challenges and as a result, we’re expecting more
           consumer activity this holiday season,” said New York Secretary
           of State Robert Rodriguez. “To avoid any surprises, I urge New
           Yorkers to pay attention to policies surrounding returns and
           refunds to be sure you are comfortable with the terms and know
           the policy before you buy.”
                Around the holidays, gift givers and receivers often change their
           minds. According to the National Retail Federation, retail returns
           increased significantly last year (16.6% in 2021 versus 10.6% in
           2020) and this year they’re expecting more. To help navigate the
           busy shopping season, DCP offers the following tips:

                           (Continued on page 2)                   Congressman Tom Suozzi presented the historic and prestigious Purple Heart to Iraq
                                                                   War veteran, Chris Levi of Melville. See story on page 6.
            NYS Senator Liu Held                                      Corona’s P.S.14Q, The Fairview School,

               Holiday Block Party                                  Performed at the 90th Annual Christmas


                                                                            in Rockefeller Center Event Story




















             NYS Senator John Liu started the  said, “Nobody does the holidays
        Holiday Block Party with caroling  like northeast Queens! Despite a
        by the NY Young Arts Founda-  little wet weather, the rain couldn’t
        tion. After the caroling remarks  dampen our spirits, and our com-
        were made  by NYS Sen. John  munity came together for a fun-
        Liu, Assemblymembers Edward  filled evening of caroling, local
        Braunstein and  David Weprin.  cuisine, games, prizes and more.
        After the elected officials remarks  Thanks to the Bayside Village BID,
        the Tarumi Violinists continued   Bayside Business Association, and
        caroling. Following the caroling  all our local restaurants, businesses,
        games were played. A wonderful  musicians and people who chipped
        time was had by all.         in to make our annual holiday block   Corona’s P.S.14Q, 5 Grade Choir preformed at the 90th Annual Christmas in Rockefeller
             NY State Senator John Liu  party a tremendous success.”  Center Tree Lighting Special Event. See story on page 2.

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