New York State has a stern warning for anyone who owns a business and is trying to make an extra profit off the recent storm. The Governor of New York State issued a state of emergency late Friday afternoon due to the impending snow and wind storm that was bearing down on The Empire State. Now the attention will be on those who intentionally gouge customers.

The snow is still falling on some portions of New York State and the NFL playoff game between the Buffalo Bills and the Pittsburgh Steelers has been postponed until Monday as a result of the storm and out of due caution and safety.

After the snow passes, the bitter cold will set in and if you are trying to get the essential things your family needs, you should not have to pay any extra than necessary.

In an email sent out from New York State, the Attorney General warned that:

New York law prohibits businesses from taking unfair advantage of consumers by selling goods or services that are vital to health, safety, or welfare for an unconscionably excessive price during emergencies. The price gouging statute covers New York state vendors, retailers, and suppliers, and includes essential goods and services that are necessary for the health, safety, and welfare of consumers or the general public. These goods and services include food, water, gasoline, generators, batteries, flashlights, hotel lodging, and transportation options.

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