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"Wind Chill Advisory" ...Wind Chill Advisory remains in effect until noon EST today... * locations...New York City...Long Island and portions of northeastern New Jersey. * Hazard types...dangerous wind chills. * Timing...this morning. * Wind chill...15 to 24 degrees below zero. * Winds...northwest 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 35 mph. * Impacts...the frigid conditions will be dangerous to those venturing outside. Prolonged exposure may cause frostbite. The combination of very low wind chills and frigid air temperatures have the potential to result in frozen pipes...frostbite and hypothermia. Precautionary/preparedness actions... A Wind Chill Advisory means that very cold air and strong winds will combine to generate low wind chills. This will result in frost bite and lead to hypothermia if precautions are not taken. Outdoor exposure should be limited. If you are heading outdoors... dress in layers and keep your hands and head covered to protect against frostbite , "Special Statement" ...Dangerously cold wind chills tonight into Sunday morning... * temperatures tonight into early Sunday morning will fall to zero to 3 degrees below zero in and around the New York City and New Jersey Metro...and Long Island...and coastal Connecticut. Temps will fall to 5 to 10 degrees below across interior portions of northeast New Jersey...the lower Hudson Valley...and southern Connecticut. Wind chill values during this time are expected to reach life threatening levels as cold as 20 to 30 degrees below zero. * High temperatures on Sunday will only be in the teens...with wind chills likely not rising above zero until mid to late afternoon. * Cold spells of this magnitude bring a risk of frostbite and hypothermia for anyone who does not take proper precautions. In addition...frozen pipes and overworked furnaces could leave your house without heat or running water...and car batteries run the risk of dying. * Never venture outdoors without wearing gloves...a hat and several layers of clothing. Wind chill values late Saturday night into Sunday morning could lead to frostbite in less than 30 minutes if proper precautions are not taken. * Run water at a trickle and keep Cabinet doors open to prevent pipes from freezing. * Never use a stove or oven to heat your home or use an open flame to melt frozen pipes. Many house fires result from these practices. * Check tire pressure and your car battery. Be sure your car has a winter safety kit that includes a blanket...warm clothes and gloves in case your car breaks down or becomes stranded. * Take extra steps to keep your pets warm and know their limits to cold. 435 am EST Sat Feb 13 2016 ...Dangerously cold wind chills tonight into Sunday morning... * temperatures tonight into early Sunday morning will fall to zero to 3 degrees below zero in and around the New York City and New Jersey Metro...and Long Island...and coastal Connecticut. Temps will fall to 5 to 10 degrees below across interior portions of northeast New Jersey...the lower Hudson Valley...and southern Connecticut. Wind chill values during this time are expected to reach life threatening levels as cold as 20 to 30 degrees below zero. * High temperatures on Sunday will only be in the teens...with wind chills likely not rising above zero until mid to late afternoon. * Cold spells of this magnitude bring a risk of frostbite and hypothermia for anyone who does not take proper precautions. In addition...frozen pipes and overworked furnaces could leave your house without heat or running water...and car batteries run the risk of dying. * Never venture outdoors without wearing gloves...a hat and several layers of clothing. Wind chill values late Saturday night into Sunday morning could lead to frostbite in less than 30 minutes if proper precautions are not taken. * Run water at a trickle and keep Cabinet doors open to prevent pipes from freezing. * Never use a stove or oven to heat your home or use an open flame to melt frozen pipes. Many house fires result from these practices. * Check tire pressure and your car battery. Be sure your car has a winter safety kit that includes a blanket...warm clothes and gloves in case your car breaks down or becomes stranded. * Take extra steps to keep your pets warm and know their limits to cold. -- Sunday Feb.14 16,07:24 AM Weather  |  LIRR  |  Traffic  |  Traffic Cams |  Weather News

 

Unlicensed Contractor Charged with Defrauding Superstorm Sandy Victims

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Leiton, of Lynbrook, promised to repair homes damaged by Sandy; cashed checks but did no work.

Lynbrook, NY - January 15th, 2014 - Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice announced charges against a Lynbrook man who stole thousands of dollars from four Nassau County homeowners, three of whom hired the unlicensed  contractor to repair damage incurred by Superstorm Sandy.

Rodrigo Leiton, 51, was arrested today and charged with one count of Grand Larceny in the Third Degree, two counts of Grand Larceny in the Fourth Degree, one count of Scheme to Defraud in the First Degree, and four counts of Operating a Home Improvement Business without a License. If convicted of the top charge, Leiton faces a maximum of 2 1/3 to 7 years in prison.

Nassau County District Court Judge Joy Watson set bail at $5,000. Leiton is scheduled to next appear in court on Jan. 16.

“The homeowners in this case were victimized twice – first by Superstorm Sandy, then by a defendant charged with making promises he never intended, or was licensed, to keep,” DA Rice said. “My office will continue to work with the Office of Consumer Affairs to find any other unlicensed contractors preying on homeowners struggling to recover from this historic storm and prosecute them with the full force of the law.”

DA Rice said on November 3, 2012 – just days after Superstorm Sandy hit – Leiton agreed to fix the damaged roof of a home in Franklin Square. After being paid $4,000 by the homeowners, Leiton laid a tarp on the roof, but did no other work.

On June 29, 2013, Leiton entered into a contract with homeowners to perform roof work at a different location in Merrick. Though Leiton cashed a check for $2,500 for repairs, he performed no work. In August, Leiton failed to do promised interior work on an East Rockaway home after being paid $975 as a down payment. Less than a week later, Leiton was paid $1,875 as a down payment for work he never performed on a Valley Stream home.

The homeowners paid Leiton to repair damage incurred by Superstorm Sandy, except for the owners of the Merrick home, which suffered damage from another storm.

Despite claiming to own a company named “R & A Home Improvements, Inc.,” Leiton did not have a valid Home Improvement license to perform the work at the time he entered into the contracts with the four homeowners. Leiton had his license suspended by the Nassau County Office of Consumer Affairs in April 2012 after failing to appear at an OCA hearing for failing to perform work for a client.

Anyone who thinks they may have been victimized by Leiton or his company, R & A Home Improvements, Inc., should contact the DA’s Complaints Bureau at 516-571-3505.

Assistant District Attorney Edward Bradley is prosecuting the case under the supervision of Marshall Trager, Chief of DA Rice’s Government & Consumer Frauds Bureau, in cooperation with the Nassau County Office of Consumer Affairs.

The charges are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless found guilty.

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