(WNY News Now) – In response to the recent heavy rainstorms wreaking havoc across New York City, Long Island, the Hudson Valley, and other parts of the state, New York Attorney General Letitia James issued a consumer alert on September 29, 2023. The alert serves as a stern warning against price gouging on essential goods and services.
NYC – A state of emergency has been declared in storm-affected counties, and Attorney General James has reminded businesses that the state’s price gouging statute prohibits exploiting consumers during market disruptions or emergencies. This statute prevents businesses from excessively raising the prices of essential items, such as food, water, gasoline, generators, batteries, flashlights, hotel lodging, and transportation.
Attorney General James urged New Yorkers to report instances of exorbitant pricing for essential goods and services to her office. She emphasized that families facing flooding, damage, and road closures should not be burdened with unjustified price hikes.
Under New York law, businesses found guilty of price gouging may face penalties of up to $25,000 per violation. To report price gouging, consumers are advised to provide specific details, including dates, locations, and evidence such as sales receipts and photos of advertised prices.
New Yorkers with concerns about price gouging are encouraged to file complaints with the Office of the Attorney General online or by calling 800-771-7755.