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Attorney general fines three dozen north country contractors for home improvement violations

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Three dozen contractors from St. Lawrence, Jefferson and Lewis counties have been fined for violating state law on home improvement contracts.

The north country contractors were among 211 statewide that signed agreements to end unlawful conduct, a news release from Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman said. An investigation by the office revealed a range of violations, such as failure to provide written contracts and to honor consumers’ work agreements. Contractors paid penalties of up to $1,500.

“Far too often, homeowners hire contractors without having signed documents stating what work will be done and how long it will take,” Mr. Schneiderman said in the release. “And time and again, consumers end up with much larger bills than expected, or with projects that were never started or completed. They need to know their rights, and home improvement contractors must obey the law. My office will continue fighting to protect consumers’ hard-earned dollars and ensure that bad contractors are held accountable.”

The contractors all agreed to complete construction work using valid contracts. They also agreed to place all advance deposits in a customer account at local banking institutions. The contractors were accused of violating Article 36-A of General Business Law, which requires them to provide consumers with written contracts signed by both parties before projects start.

The following contractors in Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties were cited: Absolute Water Solutions, Brier Hill; Adderly Construction, Watertown; Adirondack Valley Builders, Lowville; Allside Painting & Restorations, Watertown; Bach Environmental, Clayton; Bertrand’s Construction, Ogdensburg; Brainard’s Construction, Alexandria Bay; Bronson Service Corp., Potsdam; D&L Massey, Watertown; Hang Up Put Down Shoppe Carpet One, Watertown; Cape Vincent Plumbing & Heating, David A. Card, Adams; Charles Garlock & Sons, Alexandria Bay; DP Bartlett & Sons, Adams; DAK Design & Constructing, Wellesley Island; Davidson’s Painting, Clayton; D.E.W. Builders, Adams Center; Farney’s of Carthage, Felder’s Roofing & General Construction Corp., Redwood; Goutremout Brothers Construction, Chaumont; Gouverneur Roofing, Siding & Sheet Metal Co.; Greene Structures, Fishers Landing; Griffin Roofing, Watertown; J. Riley Plumbing & Heating, Massena; JMS Mechanical Contractors, Ogdensburg; KL Painting, Watertown; Olley’s General Contractors, Watertown; Premier Building Associates, Alexandria Bay; R-Values Construction, Adams Center; Ron Pitts Oil Burner Services, Lisbon; Ross Plumbing & Repair, Lowville; Storie Construction, Ogdensburg; Superior P&H, Massena; Tiernan’s Home Center, Waddington and TLC Builders, Castorland.

Consumers who believe they have been victimized may call the Attorney General’s Consumer Helpline at 1-800-771-7755.

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