Attorney General Cuomo Settles With, Orders Restitution From
April 27, 2007 – Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo announced today that a lawsuit filed against a roofing contractor from Orange County in March has been settled with the contractor paying more than $18,000 in restitution and costs.
In March, the Attorney General filed a lawsuit against Skyview Roofing Corp. and its owner, Petrit “Tony” Mirzo, of Monroe, charging them with defrauding five consumers who had hired them to work on their homes. Dutchess Supreme Court Justice Christine A. Sproat signed a consent judgment settling the lawsuit on April 10. Mirzo paid a total $17,600 in restitution to the five consumers and $1,400 in court costs.
The Attorney General’s investigation found that Mirzo failed to do one job after taking an advance deposit of $4,500. On four other jobs, the workmanship was shoddy and Mirzo did not return customers’ phone calls, provide refunds or return to locations to complete the faulty workmanship.
The action announced today is part of an ongoing effort by the Attorney General’s Office to protect consumers who hire unscrupulous home improvement contractors. Mirzo is one of four contractors with whom the Attorney General’s Poughkeepsie Regional Office has settled investigations in the past two years where the contractor is permitted to remain in business under strict guidelines while paying debts owed to customers. During the same timeframe, the Poughkeepsie office has shut down seven contractors and courts have ordered payments of restitution and penalties exceeding $1 million.
Statewide since 1999, the Attorney General’s office has commenced enforcement actions with over 110 owners or operators of over 170 home improvement companies. The Attorney General’s website, www.ag.ny.gov, contains tips on selecting home improvement contractors. If other area consumers have complaints against Mirzo, Skyview Roofing or other contractors, they should call the Attorney General’s office in Poughkeepsie at (845) 485-3900.
“This time of year, many homeowners are looking to renovate their properties,” said Attorney General Cuomo. “Unfortunately, unscrupulous contractors looking to take advantage of homeowners do exist. My office will continue to vigorously pursue contractors who defraud New Yorkers.”
Home improvement contractors are required to have licenses in New York City and all metropolitan counties, but not in Orange, Dutchess, Ulster and Sullivan Counties.
The Mirzo/Skyview Roofing case was handled by Assistant Attorney General Nick Garin with the assistance of Investigator Judy Koerber under the supervision of Barry Kaufman, Acting Assistant Attorney General-in-Charge of the Poughkeepsie Regional Office.