2010-06-18 / Top Stories

Cease And Desist Gets A Renewal

Assemblywoman Audrey I Pheffer has announced that the New York Secretary of State Lorraine Corres- Vasques has issued emergency rules to renew the Cease and Desist Program for parts of Queens County, including all of the Rockaways.

“For many years, the Cease and Desist Program had prevented unscrupulous real estate brokers from soliciting Queen’s homeowners to sell their homes. Through the program, residents added their names to a “Do Not Contact” list that remained in place for five years. Residents on the list could not be contacted by any means, including phone, mail or in person, by brokers seeking to encourage the sale of their homes. Brokers who violated the list were subject to fines and/or license suspension by the Secretary of State. Without the Cease and Desist program homeowners were swamped by eager brokers looking to find new markets and increase their customer base,” said Pheffer.

The program expired on August 1, 2009 because the Secretary of State did not find sufficient evidence of improper solicitations by brokers. That was seen as proof, in fact, that the Program indeed worked. Now, after receiving additional documentation the Department of State has approved the renewal of the Cease and Desist program in several Queens communities including the entire Rockaway peninsula.

The new rule requires all residents to add their names and addresses to the new list which will be published shortly. “Even if your name was on the list that expired last August, you must fill out a new form to prevent unwanted solicitation,” said Pheffer. Anyone interested in adding their home to the list, should fill out a form.

Forms are available for Rockaway residents at the Assemblywoman’s office at 90-16 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, Rockaway Beach or 108-14 Cross Bay Boulevard, Ozone Park. Residents may also obtain the form directly on the NYS Secretary of States website http://www.dos.state.ny.us/lcns/cdform .asp.The emergency rules are expected to become permanent in August 2010 and will then be in effect for a five year time period.

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