New York State
Insurance Department


ISSUED: 2/20/2002

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DEPARTMENT REPRESENTATIVES AVAILABLE TO DISCUSS INSURANCE COVERAGE QUESTIONS AT PUBLIC FORUMS

          Superintendent of Insurance Gregory V. Serio today announced that representatives from the Department’s Consumer Services Bureau will be available at the public forums in Long Island, Manhattan and Albany to address any consumer concerns.

          Beginning today on Long Island, the Department is conducting state-wide forums to assess the impact of September 11th on the insurance marketplace, including the availability and adequacy of coverage to homeowners, small businesses and large commercial risks. In addition to the formal hearing procedures, Consumer Services representatives will be available to assist consumers with their concerns on an individual basis.

          Today’s insurance forum will be held from 4-6pm at the Town Pavilion in Hempstead, at 1 Washington Street, Hempstead, NY. The Manhattan session will be held, Thursday, February 21st from 1:30-4pm at the New York State Insurance Department office at 25 Beaver Street, 5th Floor Hearing Room, followed by a forum in Albany on February 25th in the Legislative Office Building, Hearing Room A, Albany, NY.

          The forums are open to the public. The Department is especially interested in the views of consumers, business owners, insurance agents and brokers, and those who are actively involved in purchasing or procuring insurance coverages for small businesses. Additionally public sessions will be planned at a later date.

          For additional information on this public forum or on other state-wide public forums, please contact the Department at 212-480-5262.


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