Storm related financial problems a concern for NYS

Posted at 7:36 PM, Dec 03, 2014
and last updated 2014-12-03 20:17:14-05

New York State Attorney General, Eric Schneiderman, joined with local officials in Buffalo to announce that his office is currently investigating 60 complaints of price gouging after the recent "Snowvember Storm."

Schneiderman said at least 39 cease and desist letters have gone out in an attempt to recover money for over-charged customers.

The Attorney General also said that extra counselors and legal advisors are available to help homeowners with storm related questions about mortgage issues, insurance claims, or contractors.

The Homeowner Protection Program can be reached 24 hours a day at 1-855-HOME-456 or online at www.AGHomeHelp.com.

Because the November lake effect storm also disrupted mail service for over a week, Schneiderman said he has contacted 75 mortgage, bank, and utility companies about waiving late fees.

"We don't want to see the severe effect, or the long term effect, of one's credit rating hurt because of something like this," added Schneiderman.