Construction Company Complaints Received by the Erie Co. Sheriffs Office.
Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard reports his office has received complaints about Edward Kwiatkowski and the construction company he owns and operates. Most recently, an Alden resident contacted the Sheriff’s Office about questionable business practices and threats made by Kwiatkowski. Although the homeowners had fulfilled the initial part of the agreement with JR Construction, Kwiatkowski was threatening to stop work and delay the construction project for a year unless he received the more money up front. It is believed Kwiatkowski operates three companies; JR Construction, Cuba, New York, Kwik Construction, Lancaster, New York and Underdog Construction, Lancaster, New York. Although many of these contractor complaints are a civil matter, the Sheriff’s Office is urging homeowners to check contractor references, have a signed contract for the scope of work, and do not pay for the construction project up front. If a homeowner believes they are being ripped off by a contractor, they are urged to contact New York State Attorney General’s Bureau of Consumer Frauds and Protection’s Buffalo Regional Office at 716.853.8404 or complete the online complaint form at https://ag.ny.gov/sites/default/files/buffalo_complaint.pdf and return it to the regional office.
UPDATE & CLARIFICATION:
The Sheriff’s Office has responded to incidents involving Edaward Kwiatkowski, Jr. and Edward Kwiatkowski, Sr., and home construction projects in the area. The Sheriff’s Office believes that at least one of these individuals is using other companies' reputable names to misrepresent themselves. Company names, such as Kwik Construction and Underdog Construction, who we understand have great business ratings and perform honest work, have been used and it is unfortunate. The Sheriff's Office urges homeowners to do your research before hiring a contractor as well as confirming with the contractor that the mentioned individuals are not associated with the companies. The Sheriff’s Office believes it is important to release as much information as possible to inform the public how individuals attempt to misrepresent themselves by using legitimate business names. If you believe you have been a victim of contractor fraud, you should contact the NYS AG's Bureau of Consumer Frauds and Protection at 716.853.8404