A.G. Schneiderman Announces Resources To Aid Homeowners And Consumers Impacted By Buffalo Area Snow Storm

Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today met with local leaders in Buffalo and announced that he is making a network of housing counselors and legal services providers available to help area residents resolve issues with insurance companies and mortgage providers following extensive home damage from record snowfall. The Home Owner Protection Program and its network of lawyers and housing counselors will be available to help consumers resolve outstanding insurance claims, address contractor issues, and navigate other storm related problems that could impact homeownership.

A.G. Schneiderman Launches New Web-based App To Help New York Homeowners Avoid Foreclosure Rescue Scams

Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today announced his office’s new consumer education initiative, which features a web-based app, AGScamHelp. The app will help homeowners determine whether a company has been vetted by a government agency and will urge homeowners at risk of foreclosure to work with a qualified agency within the Attorney General’s Homeowner Protection Program (HOPP)

A.G. Schneiderman Announces $40 Million In Additional Funding For Homeowner Protection Program (HOPP)

New Funds Bring Total Commitment To $100 Million And Provides Two More Years Of Support To New York Homeowners Hurt By The Mortgage Crisis; HOPP Funds Free Housing Counseling And Legal Services Across New York State. New Report Shows That 34,000 Families Received Assistance Through HOPP In The Program’s First Two Years. A.G. Schneiderman: HOPP Has Kept Thousands Of New Yorkers In Their Homes; We Will Continue To Fight To Protect Homeowners

Schneiderman Announces Historic $16.65 Billion Settlement With Bank Of America

As co-chair of President Obama's Residential Mortgage-Backed Securities Working Group, Attorney General Schneiderman announced a $16.65 billion settlement with Bank of America to resolve charges of misconduct by the bank, which helped cause the 2008 financial crisis. The settlement - the largest in U.S. history with a single institution - will also net $800 million for New York, including $300 million in cash and $500 million worth of direct consumer relief.


A.G. Joins Erie County Executive To Discuss Efforts To Combat Foreclosure In Buffalo

Attorney General Schneiderman joined host Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz, United States Congressman Brian Higgins, Cheektowaga Town Supervisor Mary Holtz and the Buffalo Erie Niagara Land Improvement Corporation (BENLIC) to announce the hiring of BENLIC's first Executive Director, and discuss ways to address the problem of vacant and abandoned properties in the region. The Attorney General also detailed the results of his Homeowner Protection Program in Erie and Niagara Counties.


A.G. Announces Hundreds Of Long Island Homeowners Helped By Assistance Programs

At a news conference in Nassau County, Attorney General Schneiderman detailed the results of two programs aimed at providing New Yorkers the assistance they need to stay in their homes. Along with funding foreclosure counseling through his Homeowner Protection Program, his office is providing legal aid to Long Island homeowners impacted by Hurricane Sandy.


A.G. Schneiderman Details Results Of Homeowner Protection Program In Buffalo Region

The Attorney General announced that in just the first three months of his Homeowner Protection Program, 547 at-risk homeowners in the Buffalo-Niagara region have received assistance, along with roughly 3,600 New Yorkers who have been served throughout New York State.


In Troy, A.G. Schneiderman Announces Results of HOPP's First 15 Months For Capital Region

In Troy, Attorney General Schneiderman announced the results of his office's Homeowner Protection Program in the Capital Region. During HOPP's first 15 months, the initiative has connected 740 New Yorkers in the area to free housing counseling and legal services, and it has helped 263 homeowners secure an approved or pending loan modification needed to stay in their homes. The Attorney General was joined by Rensselaer County Executive Kathy Jimino, State Senator Neil Breslin, Assemblyman John McDonald, Albany Mayor Kathy M. Sheehan, Troy Mayor Lou Rosamilia, Schenectady Mayor Gary R. McCarthy and representatives of the Troy Rehabilitation & Improvement Program (TRIP), a HOPP grantee.


In Binghamton, A.G. Schneiderman Announces HOPP's Statewide Success In First 15 Months

Attorney General Schneiderman was joined in Binghamton by Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo, Mayor Richard David and housing advocates to announce the success of his Homeowner Protection Program and detail his recently proposed legislation to assist communities with their foreclosure recovery. Since launching HOPP in October 2012 using funds from the National Mortgage Settlement, the Attorney General's Office has funded 90 housing counselors and legal services agencies, served 23,760 homeowners and secured 6,660 approved and pending loan modifications statewide.


A.G. Schneiderman: $2.2M For Expansion Of Innovative Sustainable Homes Program

In Buffalo, Attorney General Schneiderman announced that he will direct nearly $2.2 million for a two-pronged expansion of the highly-successful Buffalo Green and Healthy Homes Initiative (BGGHI), a program that has already helped more than 200 of Buffalo's neediest families lower their energy bills and eliminate serious home health and safety hazards in older homes. Using New York's winnings from a 2007 settlement with American Electric Power, the largest U.S. power company, this fund will not only focus on bringing the program to Buffalo's refugee community, but also it will help establish the initiative in Rochester and Syracuse.


A.G. Schneiderman Details $13 Billion Deal With JPMorgan

Joined by the members of the Residential Mortgage-Backed Securities Working Group he co-chairs, A.G. Schneiderman announced a landmark $13 billion deal with JPMorgan Chase to resolve charges of misconduct leading up to the 2008 financial crisis.


A.G. To Sue Wells Fargo, Announces Groundbreaking Agreement With Bank Of America

As part of his ongoing effort to protect New York homeowners and enforce the terms of the National Mortgage Settlement, Attorney General Schneiderman announced that he is suing Wells Fargo and has reached an agreement with Bank of America to ensure both banks honor the servicing standards outlined in the Settlement


In Albany, A.G. Discusses Historic Agreement with JPMorgan Chase

In his office at the New York State Capitol, A.G. Schneiderman was by Kirsten Keefe of the Empire Justice Center and Susan Cotner of the Capital Region's Affordable Housing Partnership to discuss the historic $13 billion settlement with JPMorgan Chase reached by his office and President Obama's Residential Mortgage-Backed Securities Task Force.


A.G. Schneiderman Sues HSBC For Holding Hundreds Of Struggling Homeowners In Legal Limbo

Joined by Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz and local officials at Buffalo's Old County Hall, Attorney General Schneider¬¬man announced his lawsuit against HSBC Bank USA for failing to follow State law related to foreclosure actions, putting homeowners at greater risk of losing their homes. Thousands of foreclosure cases statewide languish for months, even years, in a backlog known as the "shadow docket" because financial institutions like HSBC delay filing the paperwork that triggers court-supervised settlement conferences that can help families keep their homes.


A.G. Schneiderman & State Senator Klein Highlight Foreclosure Relief Bills

Attorney General Schneiderman and State Senate Majority Coalition Leader Jeff Klein were in Mineola to highlight the "Certificate of Merit" bill (A. 5582) and the Foreclosure Fraud Prevention Act (A.7395), two important pieces of legislation to protect New York homeowners facing foreclosure. Many homeowners in New York are still fighting to stay in their homes, and these bills would ensure that families are protected from careless, or irresponsible, or even criminal behavior.


A.G. Announces Lawsuits Against Wells Fargo & Bank of America

Attorney General Schneiderman announced his intention to sue Bank of America and Wells Fargo for repeatedly violating the terms of the National Mortgage Settlement. Since 2012, the Attorney General's Office has documented 339 violations of the Settlement's established customer service standards by these two institutions.


A.G. Schneiderman Details Results For Homeowner Protection Program In Hudson Valley

Attorney General Schneiderman announced the results of his Homeowner Protection Program in the Hudson Valley, reporting that 731 at-risk homeowners in the region have received assistance in its first three months.


A.G. Schneiderman Details Homeowner Protection Program

Attorney General Schneiderman details his Homeowner Protection Program, his office's commitment of $60M over three years to fund housing counseling and legal services for struggling New York homeowners. In the program’s first year, 35 legal services organizations and 59 housing counseling agencies statewide will receive over $16.1M to provide free foreclosure prevention services.

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