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Beware Of Price Gouging During Nor'easter, State Attorney General Says

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman  has warned New York consumers to be aware of potential price gougers in advance of the snow storm.
Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has warned New York consumers to be aware of potential price gougers in advance of the snow storm. Photo Credit: Suzanne Rothberg

Attorney General Eric Schneider is cautioning consumers in New York to be wary of businesses looking to profit from the expected winter superstorm that may drop more than a foot of perception in the Hudson Valley.

With as much as 20 inches of snow anticipated in the region, Schneiderman issued a consumer alert warning buyers and businesses about price gouging ahead of this week’s blizzard on Monday afternoon.

According to the New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the state is anticipating that between 16 and 20 inches of snow may fall in the lower Hudson Valley, with more than a foot coming to upstate New York. State police have cautioned that the storm may impact the region until Wednesday night, causing a combination of low visibility and slippery roadways, creating “treacherous travel conditions.”

Schneiderman noted that General Business Law prohibits excessive increase in the prices of essential goods and services such as food, water, gas, generators, batteries, flashlights, hotel lodging and transportation during natural disasters or other events that could potentially disrupt the market.

Those goods and services also include snow plowing, snow removal from roofs, shovels and other snow removal equipment, salt and contract services for storm-related damages. Anyone who believes they have been the victim of a price gouger can contact Schneiderman’s office at 1-800-771-7755.

“Unscrupulous fraudsters will use severe winter weather as an excuse to illegally line their pockets,” he said. “We won’t tolerate anyone who seeks to capitalize on this snowstorm at the expense of New Yorkers. Anyone who thinks they have been the victim of price gouging should immediately contact my office.”

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