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NY State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says people should be "vigilant" about price gouging during ice storm clean-up.  (NCPR file photo)
NY State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says people should be "vigilant" about price gouging during ice storm clean-up. (NCPR file photo)

Attorney General warns about ice storm price gouging

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As people across the North Country move to clean up downed trees and frozen pipes from this week's lingering ice storm, New York's Attorney General is warning about price-gouging. Eric Schneiderman says it's illegal for companies to charge "excessive prices" following an emergency.

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Brian Mann
Adirondack Bureau Chief

During past storms, like Irene and Sandy, some companies allegedly took advantage of homeowners, jacking up prices. 

The Attorney General's office issued a warning yesterday to companies that his office would pursue cases of apparent price gouging,which he described as "the inflation of the price of necessary goods and services."

State law prohibits cost hikes for essential items and services - ranging from food and water to the price of generators and tree trimming services.  

“While most vendors understand that customers are also neighbors and would never think to take advantage of others during such disruptive times, the conduct of some businesses after Hurricane Sandy shows us that times like these require extra vigilance and caution," Schneiderman said in a statement.

Schneiderman addressed his open letter to anyone selling necessary consumer goods and services in the North COuntry. 
He warned that anyone caught price-gouging could be forced to pay fines or penalties.  "We will review pricing data and take such complaints filed with my office seriously," Schneiderman said.

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