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Post date: September 7 1999

A.G.'s Regional Office Announces Consumer Outreach Program

Attorney General Spitzer today announced that his Westchester Regional office is launching a consumer outreach and education campaign throughout the lower Hudson Valley.

Under the program, a representative from the Attorney General's office will respond to inquiries on such issues as telemarketing, sweepstakes, home improvements, lemon law complaints, tenants' rights, mail order purchases, debt collection and many other consumer concerns.

"Consumer protection is one of the most important responsibilities of this office and I am pleased to make assistance available to consumers on a local and direct basis," Spitzer said. "This aggressive education campaign serves to empower consumers on a proactive basis to avoid future problems and litigation."

Consumer representatives will distribute informational brochures and tip cards, and offer recommendations and guidance on specific consumer-related inquires and complaints.

The sessions will be hosted by various libraries on a rotating basis in Westchester, Orange, Putnam, and Rockland Counties between the hours of 2:30 PM and 4:30 PM.

The schedule for the rest of 1999 is as follows:

September 8
November 10
Peekskill Library, 4 Nelson Avenue, Peekskill
September 15
November 17
Yonkers Library, 7 Main Street, Yonkers
September 22
November 23
Ossining Library, 53 Croton Avenue, Ossining
September 29
December 1
Somers Library, Route 139, Somers
October 6
December 8
Mt. Pleasant Library, 350 Bedford Road, Pleasantville
October 13
December 15
Mt. Vernon Library, 28 South First Avenue, Mt. Vernon
October 20
December 22
Carmel Library, 1733 Route 6, Carmel
October 27
December 23
New City Library, 220 North Main Street, New City
November 3
December 29
Goshen Library, 203 Main Street, Goshen

Individuals with specific questions about this outreach program are encouraged to call the Attorney General's consumer helpline at (800) 771-7755.