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     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) is partnering with the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) to help provide services to homeowners facing foreclosure.

     Senator Fuschillo has arranged with DFS to bring its Mobile Foreclosure Relief Center to Copiague on Friday, August 10th. The Mobile Center will be stationed in front of the Copiague Library, located at 50 Deauville Boulevard in Copiague, from 11 am to 7 pm to assist residents in danger of losing their homes.

     “Many local families are struggling to stay in their homes and deal with the financial hardships caused by the current economy. It’s important for these families to remember that help is available. Through this free program, residents can speak one-on-one with trained specialists and learn about services to help them stay in their homes. I thank the Department of Financial Services for partnering with me to once again offer this important service to families,” said Senator Fuschillo.

     As part of the program, DFS specialists will be available to speak individually with homeowners facing foreclosure, assess where they are in the pre-foreclosure or foreclosure process, and provide them with:

     * Information about specific loan modification programs which may be available to them.

     * Guidance on how they can file complaints about suspected lender or mortgage servicer abuses, such as predatory lending practices.

     Homeowners should bring copies of their mortgage documents, loan payment records, letters from their lenders or mortgage servicers, or any other information relevant to their personal situation which could be useful to DFS staff in helping to provide assistance. The program is open to everyone and no appointments are necessary.

     Residents who would like more information about the August 10th Foreclosure Prevention Program can call Senator Fuschillo’s office at 516-882-0630.