LIBI is pleased to announce the appointment of Gina Farese of Marcor Construction to be Nassau County Consumer Affairs’ new Chair of the Nassau County Home Industry Board.
The purpose of the board is to safeguard and protect homeowners against abuses on the part of home improvement contractors by regulating the home improvement, remodeling and repair business and by licensing persons engaged in such business.
Gina’s first order of business is to work with the board on structuring a tiered licensing program for Nass au County Consumer Affairs to ensure license holders in the future and upon renewals are aligned properly with the trade they are working in with the appropriate insurance for that particular trade. This will protect homeowners hiring licensed individuals by allowing for transparency of what trades they claim they can do and align it with the insurances required by the state so that a homeowner cannot be affected by the New York Labor Laws.
Although the New York Labor Law states that a single or two family homeowner is not subject to labor law, there is case law in New York that shows otherwise. Homeowners are still being brought into suits and are being required to defend themselves due to job site related injuries of workers on their property with inadequate insurance. The lack of transparency if a contractor is carrying the necessary insurance that a certificate of insurance does not clearly show is not properly protecting the New York and especially, Long Island homeowner. Also, the current licensing structure is one uniform license, while specific trades require different levels of insurance. A tiered licensing system would ensure protecting both homeowners and property owners that want to manage their own projects and direct their own work where they ARE directly affected by the scaffold law.
The Nassau County Home Industry Board is always willing to bring on any additional members and support. If anyone is interested in joining this Board within Nassau County, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. We would love to have your input and support.