By Jon Campbell, Albany Bureau
ALBANY -- State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman on Monday said he has launched a probe of price-gouging in the wake of Superstorm Sandy.
Scheiderman's office said it has received hundreds of complaints regarding businesses that have hiked prices on important goods in the days after Sandy hit downstate New York.
"We are actively investigating hundreds of complaints we've received from consumers of businesses preying on victims of Hurricane Sandy, and will do everything we can to stop unscrupulous individuals from taking advantage of New Yorkers trying to rebuild their lives," Schneiderman said in a statement.
State law prevents retailers from selling products at a "unconscionably excessive price" following a natural disaster or other major disruptions.
Schneiderman's office declined to comment on specific complaints, but said many have come in from the hardest hit portions of the state: the lower Hudson Valley, New York City and Long Island.
To file a price-gouging complaint, call 1-800-771-7755 or visit www.ag.ny.gov.