Sen. Charles Schumer says complaints about nuisance sales calls have risen sharply across New York and the nation because of robocalling and he's introducing legislation to sharply toughen penalties.
Citing Federal Trade Commission data, the New York Democrat says Wednesday that complaints in the Hudson Valley rose to 52,000 last year, up 400 percent from three years earlier.
Federal law has limited unsolicited sales calls by restricting hours and prohibiting calls to consumers who choose to opt out.
A closely-watched county executive race in the Hudson Valley has one of New York’s U.S. Senators reacting to what Democrats say is a misleading campaign mailing.