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Public hearing to be held on law to protect Queens homeowners

A state law enacted in 1995 establishing fines for real estate companies that solicited listings for residential properties to Queens homeowners who opted not to receive such notices is set to expire, and the state will be holding public hearings on whether to continue the law.

A public hearing is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday at the Queens High School of Teaching at the Frank Padavan Campus at Glen Oaks at 74−20 Commonwealth Blvd., state Sen. Frank Padavan (R−Bellerose) announced.

“This is the perfect opportunity for homeowners who have been impacted by pesky and annoying solicitations from salespersons and real estate brokers to lend their voice in support of the cease−and−desist program,” Padavan said in a statement. “I urge any interested homeowner to attend the hearing on May 29 and help push for the re−adoption of Queens as a cease−and−desist zone.”

The law establishing Queens as a cease−and−desist zone expires Aug. 1. The secretary of state will take public comments submitted during the hearing as part of the state’s determination in keeping Queens a cease−and−desist zone, Padavan said.

Licensed real estate brokers and salespeople face fines if they solicit listings of residential properties to Queens homeowners on the list.

— Howard Koplowitz

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