2004-05-21 / Community

Push For Continuance of ‘Cease And Desist’

Push For Continuance of ‘Cease And Desist’

Assemblywoman Audrey I. Pheffer and Senator Serphin R. announce that a public hearing will be held regarding the continuation of the Cease and Desist Program, which prevents the unwanted solicitation by real estate brokers seeking to encourage homeowners to sell their homes. The hearing will be held on Tuesday, May 27, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at P.S. 63-Q (90-15 Sutter Avenue in Ozone Park)

The current Cease and Desist Program expires in September, after five years of enforcement, and can only be continued if the Secretary of State finds evidence of on-going solicitation by real estate brokers. Phone calls, mailing and flyers, seeking to encourage a home sale, are all considered forms of solicitation.

The legislators explained that the practice of blockbusting has destroyed many neighborhoods and has also threatened the honest real estate brokers from our own community who refuse to resort to these tactics. The establishment of the temporary cease and desist zone gave homeowners the opportunity to be placed on a list that real estate brokers are not allowed to solicit.

"Homeowners must come forward to illustrate the continued unwanted solicitation by real estate interests throughout our community. The Secretary of State must hear residents voice their complaints to continue the program," said Pheffer and Maltese.

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