Watch Out For Bogus Energy-Savings Claims

Staten Island Business Bank underscores DCA warning

about some home improvement contractors’ deceptive ads


Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) Commissioner Julie Menin issued a warning May 12 to New Yorkers about deceptive advertising by home improvement contractors who make claims about energy savings and offers of free goods or services without defining the conditions.

A contractor cannot advertise claims about the energy efficiency of its work without provable facts if conditions are beyond their control. Also, as required by New York City law, a business that offers a “free” good or service must clearly state the conditions of the offer next to the word “free” and the condition must be at least half the font size of the word “free” in the ad.


In need of a reliable home-improvement contractor? Victory State Bank, Staten Island’s only community-based commercial bank, suggests consumers contact the Home Improvement Contractors of Staten Island (NARI-HIC) for guidance.

NARI-HIC is a nonprofit trade organization whose mission is to foster a membership of reputable contracting firms dedicated to honesty, integrity, responsibility, unrelenting professionalism, quality workmanship and customer satisfaction. The organization is comprised of general members, and associate and affiliate members, who reflect the organization’s high ethical standards. NARI-HIC may be reached at 718-356-2323 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and visited online at



About Victory State Bank

VSB Bancorp, Inc. (OTCQX: VSBN) is the one-bank holding company for Victory State Bank. As Staten Island, N.Y.’s only community-based commercial bank, Victory State Bank operates five full-service locations on the Island: The main office in the community of Great Kills, and branches in the communities of West Brighton, St. George, Dongan Hills and Rosebank. For additional information, Victory State Bank may be reached at 718-979-1100 or visited online at


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