[HISTORY: Adopted by the Suffolk County Legislature as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Article I Consumer Access to Information
[Adopted 3-5-2013 by Res. No. 111-2013]
The Department of Labor, Licensing and Consumer Affairs is hereby authorized, empowered and directed to promptly provide to consumers, upon their request, the following information regarding any licensed or unlicensed contractor, upon their request:
A description of all complaints registered against the subject contractor in the preceding five years;
The number of violations issued by the Department to the subject contractor in the preceding five years;
A description of the nature of said violations; and
An explanation of how each violation was resolved.
The Department is further authorized and directed to provide to any consumer requesting information regarding a contractor's violations with the amount of any monetary penalties assessed against the contractor and the extent to which those penalties were paid.
The Department shall make a verbatim, stenographic record of each administrative hearing it conducts unless the complainant and the subject contractor agree to accept a tape recording of the hearing. The Department is authorized to charge a consumer or contractor who insists upon a verbatim, stenographic record a fee of up to $50 to offset the cost of making such record.
The Department is authorized and directed to provide a full transcript of any hearing it conducts to a consumer upon his/her request, subject to applicable fees under New York's Freedom of Information Law.
Notwithstanding the foregoing, consumers are limited to information requests for no more than three contractors every 90 days.
This article shall not be construed to require the Department to release information which is proprietary or personal in nature (i.e., a contractor's banking records, social security number, home address or home phone number) or the internal documents and notes produced by Department employees during the course of an investigation.
The Department of Information Technology is directed to work in cooperation with the Department of Labor, Licensing and Consumer Affairs to make the information subject to disclosure pursuant to this article available on-line. To the extent information is made available on-line, the Department's disclosure obligations under this article will be satisfied.
Nothing contained within this article shall preclude or in any way limit a citizen's right to obtain information from the Department pursuant to New York Freedom of Information Law.