New York State
Insurance Department


ISSUED: 8/22/2002

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 GOVERNOR AND INSURANCE SUPERINTENDENT ANNOUNCE MEETING WITH JEWISH COMMUNITY LEADERS IN RESPONSE TO INSURANCE CONCERNS

          Governor George E. Pataki and Superintendent of Insurance Gregory V. Serio today announced a meeting with leaders of the Jewish community, the Governor’s Office of Community Affairs and the Insurance Superintendent on September 4, 2002 to discuss insurance issues affecting the community.

          "In response to recent concerns from the Jewish community regarding potential inequitable treatment by insurers, this meeting offers an opportunity for the Jewish community to discuss their concerns and for the State to offer assistance and alternatives in their procurement of affordable insurance," said Governor Pataki.

          "With the added security concerns that Jewish groups and facilities are now confronted with, securing adequate insurance coverage is critical. New York State is committed to guaranteeing unbiased treatment of Jewish groups by insurers and providing alternative coverages to ensure that their organizations not only survive, but thrive here in the Empire State," added Governor Pataki.

          "The Governor has instructed the Department to review the procedures of all insurers to ensure equitable treatment of Jewish groups and facilities. The Insurance Department has initiated a review to examine any discriminatory behavior. We take these concerns very seriously and we need to make sure insurance companies honor their obligations and conduct business reasonably and lawfully," said Superintendent Serio. 


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