New Legislation Doubles Fines for Telemarketers

J.M. Lesinski
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New York State Governor Kathy Hochul recently signed legislation aimed at cracking down on telemarketers across New York state by almost doubling telemarketing fines for those violating the Do Not Call Registry.

“Every day, hard-working New Yorkers are forced to field call after call from relentless telemarketers,” Hochul remarked of the bill. “Today, we’re raising the penalty for violators of the Do Not Call Registry to deter telemarketers, protect New Yorkers, and send a clear message that New York won’t tolerate these frustrating, unsolicited calls.”

The legislation, A4456/S4617, officially amends the general business law, raising the maximum violation fine from the present $11,000 penalty originally set in 2004 all the way up to $20,000.

"This law is a victory for every New Yorker who would like to be able to pick up their phone in peace,” New York State Assemblymember Alex Bores stated of the legislation. “I am grateful to Senator Griffo and the Governor for ensuring this common sense legislation, which received overwhelming bipartisan support in both houses, is now law.”

This new bill officially builds off legislation Hochul previously signed into law in December of 2022, which gave customers the option to be added to any telemarketing company’s Do Not Call List after an unwanted call.

“I am pleased that the Governor has signed this bill into law and thank Assemblyman Bores for his efforts to address this issue,” commented New York State Senator Joseph A. Griffo of the legislation. “It is my hope that this legislation will provide some much-needed relief to New Yorkers who are sick and tired of receiving bothersome, inconvenient and troublesome calls every day.”

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I have worked as a professional journalist for over five years now, covering the arts, music, food, politics, and culture up and down both coasts of the United States. I have a B.A. in English from SUNY Fredonia with minors in Psychology and Creative Writing, as well as an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from California State University, Fresno.

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