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Governor Cuomo proposes legislation that fights robocalls in New York

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Posted at 12:21 PM, Dec 31, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-31 12:21:57-05

ALBANY, N.Y. (WKBW) — Governor Andrew Cuomo proposed legislation that he says would help fight spoof calls and robocalls in the state.

The governor made the announcement Tuesday. The legislation would require telecommunication companies to use technology that blocks robocalls.

"New Yorkers pay good money for their phone service but are still being hounded by millions of robocalls every day. With this measure, we're saying to telecom companies - get off the sidelines and stop transmitting these harassing calls to your customers or we will hold you accountable," Governor Cuomo said. "Illegal robocallers will not be let off the hook either, and we are stepping up enforcement and doubling fines against anyone who violates New York's 'Do Not Call' Law."

The proposed legislation would also require phone providers to warn consumers about robocalls and scams. Companies that do not comply would be fined by the state.

According to the governor's office, experts say more than 45 percent of mobile phone traffic nationally will be robocalls. New Yorkers are encouraged to report unwanted calls online at www.donotcall.gov.