2 homeowners accuse contractor Ralph Rizzo of unfinished work

Two homeowners hit hard by Sandy say their contractor is giving them the runaround.

Two homeowners hit hard by Sandy say their contractor is giving them the runaround. (4/24/13)

FREEPORT - Two homeowners hit hard by Sandy say their contractor is giving them the runaround.

Jason Bolognini, of Freeport, scrambled for a contractor after Sandy damaged his home. At the end of last year, he gave local contractor Ralph Rizzo $6,000 to get started on his home's siding.

Bolognini even referred Rizzo to Baldwin homeowner Rich Bordala, who says he gave Rizzo $19,000 to redo the interior of his home. But both men say Rizzo only did some of the work over a period of several months. Now, they say they want their money back.

The Nassau County Department of Consumer Affairs says Rizzo has two unresolved violations and two other unresolved consumer complaints. They also say he doesn't have a license to operate as a contractor in the county.

Rizzo is due in court next week over an arrest from last year for allegedly operating a home improvement business without a license.

Rizzo admits to working without a license, but he says the homeowners knew. He also says he will settle the money issue with both Bolognini and Bordala.

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