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Shopping safely this holiday season

Secretary of State Cesar A. Perales (left) and Executive Vice President of the Retail Council of New York Ted Potrikus (right) gave shoppers a brief rundown of safe shopping practices for the holiday season, including prevention of identity theft, toy safety and product recalls, budgeting tips and more.

Secretary of State Cesar A. Perales (left) and Executive Vice President of the Retail Council of New York Ted Potrikus (right) gave shoppers a brief rundown of safe shopping practices for the holiday season, including prevention of identity theft, toy safety and product recalls, budgeting tips and more. Submitted Photo

— “The … department of state gives the shopping public more access than ever before to information about the products they want to purchase and about their rights as shoppers,” said Potrikus. “We’re pleased to work with Secretary Perales in those efforts to help our customers make good shopping choices and to make sure they’re pleased every time they walk out of our stores after making a purchase.”

The holiday season is important for the state’s economy, said Potrikus, who also encouraged shopping locally.

“Gov. Cuomo, Secretary Perales and the department of state’s Division of Consumer Protection know that New York’s retail industry is an important part of the state’s economy, particularly during the holiday shopping season when we welcome people from all over the world to stores across New York State,” said Potrikus.

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