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— Scam targeting homeowners

The New York Attorney General’s office is warning homeowners of a scam. New York homeowners should be aware of phone calls from people posing as bank or government officials to get personal information through bogus offers of help with their mortgages, the State Attorney General's office announced. Never pay an up-front fee for mortgage-related services. It is a violation of New York law to charge upfront fees for such services, and violations should be reported to the Attorney General’s office at 1-800-771-7755. You should also not provide personal information such as social security numbers and loan information. Your bank would already have this information.

Sales tax exemption on clothing

I wanted to remind you that effective April 1, items of clothing and footwear sold for less than $110 will be exempt from the state's 4 percent sales and use tax. We all will get a break on these purchases for a while. According to the State Tax Department's website, this will also apply to most fabric, thread, yarn, buttons, hooks, zippers and similar items used to create or repair the type of clothing now exempt.

Assemblyman Will Barclay represents residents of Assembly District 124, which includes Lysander. He can be reached by mail at 200 North Second St., Fulton, NY 13069, by e-mail at barclaw@assembly.state.ny.us or by phone (598-5185).

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