Friday, 23 October 2009 00:00
A representative from Attorney General Andrew Cuomo’s office spoke to residents at the Plainview Old Bethpage Library about home improvement fraud, as part of Cuomo’s statewide Consumer Awareness Initiative.
Paul Matthews, an investigator from Cuomo’s Nassau office, discussed home improvement contracts law and the Attorney General’s website, www. nyknowyourcontractor.com, which provides New Yorkers with the tools they need to make informed decisions when it comes to hiring a home improvement contractor.
The website allows New Yorkers to search to see which contractors have been subject to legal action, and which contractors have had substantiated consumer complaints filed against them. Additionally, they can access helpful tips that will assist in selecting a reputable contractor, and links to state and county agencies that offer consumer assistance and the ability to check the status of a contractor’s license. Home improvement professionals can use the website to find information on New York’s laws and procedures that govern the industry.
“It is important that residents know how to access the tools Attorney General Cuomo’s Office makes available to protect them from home improvement fraud,” said Nassau County Legislator David Mejias. “I am glad to have participated in the Attorney General’s broader efforts to protect New Yorkers from consumer scams.”
Individuals with complaints about home builders are encouraged to contact the Attorney General’s office by calling his consumer help line at (800) 771-7755.