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Eastchester's Marcotte Proposes Better Access To Contractor Databases

Westchester County legislator Sheila Marcotte (R) has suggested that residents be allowed more access to databases that monitor contractors.
Westchester County legislator Sheila Marcotte (R) has suggested that residents be allowed more access to databases that monitor contractors. Photo Credit: Sheila Marcotte

EASTCHESTER, N.Y. – Legislator Sheila Marcotte (R–Eastchester/New Rochelle/Tuckahoe) has released a proposal that would allow Westchester County residents better access to databases that track home improvement contractors.

Marcotte's proposal would allow consumers to check on a contractor's licensing status or if they have any previous liens or judgments through cross-referencing databases in the Department of Consumer Protection and the county clerk's office.

“On the average, home owners will spend about $3,000 on home improvements every year. Unfortunately, a percentage of those home owners will probably get scammed by an unscrupulous contractor. The best advice for anyone considering a home improvement job, and considering the hiring of a contractor is, do your homework, ask for references, don't pay cash and get a written contract,” said Marcotte, who chairs the Board of Legislators Budget and Appropriations Committee.

Her proposal now goes to the Board of Legislators’ Legislation Committee and Infrastructure Committee for review.

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