N.Y. Attorney General asks banks, utilities to waive late fees from Buffalo storm

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York’s attorney general has asked banks and utilities to waive late payment fees for some western New York residents because of the recent snowstorm.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says Wednesday that he’s also directing housing counselors and legal services providers to help residents resolve damage claims or issues with contractors. The advisers are part of Schneiderman’s “Homeowner Protection Program,” which usually assists residents facing foreclosure.

The storm brought up to 7 feet of snow and disrupted mail services in some areas for days, potentially delaying payments due to lenders or utilities.

Schneiderman says residents in the affected areas need help and could face more problems if they have to deal with late fees from utilities, credit card companies and mortgage providers, too.

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