EASTCHESTER, N.Y. – Legislator Sheila Marcotte (R–Eastchester/New Rochelle/Tuckahoe) has released a proposal that would allow Westchester County residents better access to databases that track home improvement contractors.
Marcotte's proposal would allow consumers to check on a contractor's licensing status or if they have any previous liens or judgments through cross-referencing databases in the Department of Consumer Protection and the county clerk's office.
“On the average, home owners will spend about $3,000 on home improvements every year. Unfortunately, a percentage of those home owners will probably get scammed by an unscrupulous contractor. The best advice for anyone considering a home improvement job, and considering the hiring of a contractor is, do your homework, ask for references, don't pay cash and get a written contract,” said Marcotte, who chairs the Board of Legislators Budget and Appropriations Committee.
Her proposal now goes to the Board of Legislators’ Legislation Committee and Infrastructure Committee for review.
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