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News Release    

March 5, 2009      

For Further Information Contact:
William R. Steinhaus, County Executive
(845) 486-2000

Dutchess County Consumer Affairs Provides Residents with Tools to Make Smart Money Decisions

Poughkeepsie… The Dutchess County Department of Consumer Affairs celebrated National Consumer Protection Week today at the Poughkeepsie Galleria along with representatives from the New York State Attorney General’s Office. The theme for this year’s National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW) is "Nuts and Bots: Tools for Today’s Economy."    This consumer education effort was designed to provide a wide range of important information about how consumers can protect themselves and their families from scams and how to get the best value for their purchasing dollars.

County Executive Steinhaus said, “In today’s economic climate, it is more important than ever for consumers to know how to spend their hard-earned dollars wisely.    Our Consumer Affairs department is available to educate residents on how to avoid fraud and deception in the marketplace, and help them if they become a victim.”

The Dutchess County Department of Consumer Affairs provides practical information and tips for consumers to learn how to make well-informed financial decisions, how to stretch their paychecks further and how to tell the difference between a real deal and potentially fraudulent product or service. Residents can log onto and select the Consumer Affairs department for a wealth of information including: knowing credit reporting rights, credit cards & consumer loans, credit reports & scores, mortgages & real estate, privacy laws and much more.  

“Information is one commodity that retains its value.   We are here to provide critical consumer information to residents and help them make smart choices about how they spend their money,” said Consumer Affairs Director Nelson Kranker.   “We can give consumers the tools they need to make well-informed decisions in the marketplace.”

To get more information about the services available through the Dutchess County Department of Consumer Affairs, visit or call (845) 486-2949.


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