Know Your Home Improvement Rights


The Town of North Hempstead is teaming up with the New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s Office to host a new educational program for residents, which will help protect them from home improvement scams.

The seminar, titled “Know Your Contractor: Know Your Home Improvement Rights,” will be held Wednesday, March 16 at 7 p.m. in the North Hempstead Town Board Room, located at Town Hall, 220 Plandome Road in Manhasset.

The program is designed to equip residents with knowledge necessary to protect themselves from home improvement scams. It will inform residents about their rights under New York State’s Home Improvement Laws, and give them critical tips to assist them in selecting a reputable contractor.

A representative from the New York State Attorney General’s Office will deliver the presentation. The program was recently created due to the large number of complaints the Attorney General received from homeowners over the past two years about unscrupulous contractors who, among other things, accepted money but failed to complete the job or performed work that was shoddy or negligent.

The Attorney General’s Office has investigated many of these complaints, successfully recovering thousands of dollars in restitution for defrauded New Yorkers, obtained court orders banning unscrupulous contractors from doing business in the state, and in some instances criminally prosecuted fraudulent contractors.

For more information, call 516-869-6311.


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Joe Scotchie is the editor of both The Roslyn News and New Hyde Park Illustrated News. In 2009, he won a New York State Press Association award for a sports feature. Joseph Scotchie’s past publications include biographies of Thomas Wolfe and Richard Weaver and a comprehensive history of the city of Asheville, North Carolina.


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