New York State
Insurance Department


ISSUED 8/20/2003

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DEPARTMENT SPECIALISTS ANSWER CONSUMER INSURANCE QUESTIONS AT NEW YORK STATE FAIR
Department Representatives Bring Insurance Services to Consumers

        Superintendent of Insurance Gregory V. Serio today announced that Department specialists from the Consumer Services Bureau will be staffing an information booth at the New York State Fair in Syracuse, NY, which runs from August 21st through September 1st.

        The Department will be staffing a new consumer friendly information booth and handing out informational computer disks which provide the Department’s consumer guides to health, auto, homeowners, and long term care insurance, as well as the small business guides for health and property insurance.

        The Department’s specialists will be in attendance to provide the public with an opportunity to ask questions concerning health, life, automobile and homeowners insurance, submit consumer complaints, learn about Healthy NY, become educated about insurance fraud and ask insurance-related questions about the recent blackout in the Northeast. In addition, the booth will be equipped with a computer for access to our Web site.

        "With over one million visitors to the Erie County Fair where the Department debuted the new consumer friendly booth, I encourage New Yorkers to take advantage of this opportunity to meet with the Department’s insurance experts at the New York State Fair and discover the valuable insurance information that is available," said Serio.

        The booth will be located in the Verizon Center of Progress Building.


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