[HISTORY: Adopted by the Council of the City of Schenectady 6-1-1971 as part of L.L. No. 4-1971; amended at time of adoption of Code 6-2-1986 by L.L. No. 3-1986; see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
Weights and measures; trade practices — See Ch. 260.
Editor's Note: The provisions of this chapter are derived from Secs. 33-1 through 33-5 and Sec. 33-7 of L.L. No. 4-1971, as amended. For other provisions of this local law, see Ch. 260, Weights and Measures; Trade Practices.
[Amended 4-3-1989 by Ord. No. 89-43]
There is hereby established an Office of Consumer Protection in the Department of Law of the City of Schenectady.
Editor's Note: Former § 109-2, Office and equipment for Director, was repealed 4-3-1989 by Ord. No. 89-43.
Editor's Note: Former § 109-3, Oath of office and bond requirements of Director, was repealed 5-11-1992 by Ord. No. 92-18.
Editor's Note: Former § 109-4, Police powers of Director, was repealed 4-3-1989 by Ord. No. 89-43.
[Amended 4-3-1989 by Ord. No. 89-43]
The Office of Consumer Protection, subject to appropriations made therefor by the Council of the City of Schenectady, shall have power to:
Receive and investigate complaints and initiate its own investigations of frauds or unfair dealings against consumers.
Represent the interests of consumers before administrative and regulatory agencies and legislative groups.
Assist, advise and cooperate with local, state and federal agencies and officials to protect and promote the interests of the City of Schenectady consumer public.
Conduct investigations, research, studies and analyses of matters affecting the interest of the City of Schenectady consumers.
Study the operation of state and local laws for consumer protection and recommend amendments of such laws for the protection of consumers.
Report to the appropriate law enforcement agencies any information concerning violations of consumer protection laws.
Assist, develop and conduct programs of consumer education and information through publications and other informational and educational material prepared for dissemination to the consumer public of the City of Schenectady in order to increase the competence of consumers and to raise the general standards of living.
Undertake activities to encourage local business and industry to maintain high standards of honesty, fair business practices and public responsibility in the production, promotion and sale of consumer goods and service.
Cooperate with other agencies, public and private, in the development of standards and quality grades for consumer goods and service.
Exercise and perform such other functions, powers and duties as may be deemed necessary or appropriate to protect and promote the welfare of the City of Schenectady consumers.
Issue court appearance tickets for violations of this or any other chapter of the code of the City of Schenectady relating to consumer protection, including but limited to Chapter 128 relating to amusements. The Director of Consumer Protection, Investigators in the Office of Consumer Protection and such other personnel within the Department of Law as may be designated in writing by the Mayor are hereby designated and authorized to issue such tickets pursuant to Subdivision 4(a) of § 10 of the Municipal Home Rule Law of the State of New York and Subdivision 3 of § 150.20 of the Criminal Procedure Law.
[Added 2-26-1996 by Ord. No. 96-17]
[Added 8-29-1994 by Ord. No. 94-28]
The Office of Consumer Protection is authorized to assess a civil penalty after holding a civil compromise hearing for violations of all Schenectady City Code sections that it is empowered to enforce, and said civil fine and compromise proceeding shall be an alternative option to any other provided for penalties.
The civil penalty shall not exceed one thousand dollars ($1,000.).
Editor's Note: Former § 109-6, Applicability of statutes, was repealed 4-3-1989 by Ord. No. 89-43.