NEW CITY, NY — October 29, 2019 — Today marks 7 years since Hurricane Sandy devastated parts of the Tri-State area. On the anniversary of this disaster, Senator David Carlucci (D-Rockland/Westchester) is urging the Governor to sign legislation into law known as the Storm Chaser Bill (S.1405).
The Storm Chaser Bill, which is sponsored by Carlucci, will require contractors in New York State to have a written contract with the homeowner, allow a homeowner to cancel a contract within 3 days if a repair claim is denied, and prohibit roofing contractors from advertising rebates toward the cost of a deductible or requiring a deposit of more than 50% of the total cost of the job.
Senator David Carlucci said, “After Hurricane Sandy, we saw crooked contractors, known as storm chasers, prey on impacted families. We cannot allow these contractors, who are often unlicensed, to re-victimize homeowners who have lost everything. This legislation will put into place some of the toughest safeguards in the nation to protect homeowners. We cannot wait for the next natural disaster to act.”
After Hurricane Sandy, the Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery confirmed 171 cases of contractor fraud, which resulted in millions of dollars stolen from hardworking New York homeowners.
Carlucci’s legislation has been passed by the full legislature and is awaiting the Governor’s signature.
SOURCE: Mary Mueller | Communications Director | New York State Senator David Carlucci