New York State
Insurance Department


ISSUED: 6/3/2002

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DEPARTMENT REPRESENTATIVES AVAILABLE IN CLINTON AND ESSEX COUNTY
Reps to Provide Aid to Consumers Affected By April Earthquake

          Superintendent of Insurance Gregory V. Serio today announced that the Insurance Department is available to help New Yorkers whose property was damaged by the earthquake that affected Essex and Clinton Counties this past April. Consumers are encouraged to visit the Assistance Center set up in the town of Keesville for assistance with any earthquake-related inquiries or complaints.

          Consumers who have insurance related questions or problems can speak personally with a Consumer Services Examiner beginning today. The examiner will be located at the Town of Ausable Town Office Building, 111 Ausable St. in Keesville. The Assistance Center will be open Monday from 9am-6pm, Tuesday 9am-8pm, and Wednesday 9am-6pm.

          In addition, the Department’s Disaster Hotline, toll-free 1-800-339-1759, is staffed from 9am to 5pm by insurance experts from the Department’s Consumer Services Bureau.

          Clinton and Essex Counties were declared federal disaster areas after the earthquake in April. The Department will also be working with the State Emergency Management Office (SEMO) to provide assistance to New Yorkers affected by this disaster.


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