2009-05-22 / Top Stories

Pheffer To Host Cease and Desist Hearing

Assemblywoman Audrey I. Pheffer (D-Queens) announced today that the New York Secretary of State will be conducting the only Queens based hearing related to the continuation of the cease and desist program on Thursday, May 28 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at P.S. 63 located at 90-15 Sutter Avenue in Ozone Park.

The hearing is being jointly hosted by Assemblywoman Pheffer, Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. and Public School 63 to ensure that the Secretary of State hears the views of local residents about the importance of maintaining this vital program that is due to expire this summer.

According to Pheffer, the Cease and Desist Program maintains a list of Queens residents who wish to avoid being solicited by phone, mail or in person to sell their homes. Real estate brokers must utilize the list and respect the privacy of residents on the list. Additionally, if an unscrupulous real estate broker contacts a homeowner on the Cease and Desist list they are subject to fines and suspension of their license by the Secretary of State. In 2008 approximately $20,000 in fines were levied to brokers who improperly contacted Queens residents. A number of complaints are still being adjudicated by the Department.

Senator Addabbo reports that evidence will be taken regarding the need to continue the cease and desist program for another five year term. "It is vital that community groups and individuals attend this event and share their support for continuing this program", said Pheffer. The Assemblywoman continued, "A lack of community support could result in the program being terminated, thus subjecting Queens residents to indiscriminate solicitation by phone, mail or in person by any broker seeking potential house sellers".

Assemblywoman Pheffer and Senator Addabbo urge all residents to attend the Thursday, May 28, 2009 hearing at P.S. 63.

Those unable to attend may submit testimony to Assemblywoman Pheffer's office at 108-14 Crossbay Boulevard in Ozone Park on or before June 10, 2009.

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