AG announces storm aftermath resources

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – New York State announced resources available to help homeowners and consumers impacted by the storm dubbed ‘Winter Storm Knife.’ Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and local leaders announced details on Wednesday in Buffalo.

Leaders announced counselors and legal service providers available to help area residents.

The 10 county region affected by the record snow storm will have access to six legal service organizations and eight housing counseling agencies. They include Belmont Housing Resources for WNY, Buffalo Urban League, Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Rochester,  Friends of the North Country, Home HeadQuarters, Housing Assistance Program of Essex County, Legal Aid Society of Mid NY, Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York, Legal Assistance of Western New York, Legal Services of Central NY, The Legal Project, UNHS NeighborWorks HomeOwnership Center, Western New York Law Center and the West Side Neighborhood Housing Services.

Leaders also called on banks, mortgage providers and utility companies to waive late fees after the temporary suspension of the post office.

State, city and county leaders also discussed complaints from residents about price gouging. Schneiderman’s office has received at least 60 complaints of price gouging and sent at least 39 cease and desist letters.

Categories of complaints include price gouging for: Snow removal from roof – 17, Snow removal from driveway/plowing- 17, Groceries- 12, Towing- 12, Gas- 1 and Equipment rental- 1.

The Attorney General urges the public to report potential occurrences of price gouging by calling 800-771-7755 or by logging on to the office’s website at www.ag.ny.gov.

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