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State Assemblyman Rory Lancman (D-Fresh Meadows) gave advice to Richmond Hill residents last week on how they could save money during the recession.

“All of us know somebody who’s lost a job in this crisis,” Lancman told the crowd gathered inside Faith Assembly Church at 120-13 101st Ave. “There is help and assistance out there for people in this very difficult time.”

Lancman offered common-sense advice, suggesting residents shut off their lights and air conditioning when they are not home.

“All of this adds up over time to save you hundreds of dollars a year,” he said.

The assemblyman told the crowd to ask their doctors to prescribe generic drugs instead of brand name medications to lower their costs.

Lancman also advised residents to seek protection from fraud and avoid exploitation by so-called “foreclosure experts.”

He said constituents should also know about the laws regulating debt collectors, noting such agencies are forbidden from harassing debtors at work.

“You need to know your rights,” Lancman said. “You need to know you can be protected from that kind of abuse.”

The assemblyman said residents can also take advantage of government programs, including unemployment and disability.

He also said the state HEAP program provides low-income individuals and senior citizens with assistance in paying for home heating bills.

“All of these programs begin with one step on your part, and that’s calling my office,” Lancman said.

— Howard Koplowitz

Posted 6:32 pm, October 10, 2011
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