Local Contractors Speak Out About AG's Fines

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David Knapp, owner of DAK Design & Constructing, has been in the business of for more than 15 years.

As a long-time construction contractor on Wellesley Island, he's proud of his company's reputation.

So when the state Attorney General's Office fined him, and more than 200 other contractors across New York, for a range of violations with the law on home improvement contracts, he says they were unfairly targeted.

"Certainly, from my perspective reading down the list of names, it is all well-established businesses who have been here for quite a while," said Knapp.

He says the easy-to-find contractors were targeted.

Knapp says wants to know about the contractors who fly under the radar?

"Now it's time to go after the guys in the pickup trucks with their buds as subs," he said.

Dave Bartlett, owner of DP Bartlett & sons, was also fined.

He says the citations have tainted his company's proven track record in the community.

"We've been in the community for a lot of years doing business and we haven't had too many complaints and having this whole deal pop up certainly gives us a bad rap publicly," said Bartlett.

When the Attorney General's Office made the announcement last week, they say the contractors did violate the law.

We reached out for a comment on the complaints and the office is standing by the citations.

Thursday, November 27, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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