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ISSUED 3/4/2010 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

STATE OFFICIALS TO CONDUCT INSURANCE FORUM MARCH 18

Long Beach City Hall Meeting to Focus on Consumer Insurance Issues

New York State Insurance Department officials will answer consumer questions at an insurance forum on life, health, auto and homeowners’ insurance for Long Beach area residents scheduled for March 18.

Hosted by Nassau County Legislator Denise Ford, the forum will be held starting at 7 p.m., Thursday, March 18 on the 6th floor of Long Beach City Hall, 1 West Chester St.

The forum will feature Ivan C. Lafayette, the Insurance Department’s Deputy Superintendent for Community Affairs, and Joseph C. Placide, Assistant to the Superintendent.

“Insurance can provide valuable protection for our homes, families and businesses, but it’s important that consumers understand how insurance works, so they can get the best value for the money they spend on insurance. There are important issues consumers need to consider whenever buying an insurance policy or changing their coverage,” Lafayette said.

The session will also focus on practical tips consumers should know to avoid being victimized by insurance scams.

Lafayette is responsible for planning and directing the Insurance Department’s outreach and community affairs initiatives. He meets regularly with consumer and community-based groups to discuss insurance issues and answer consumer questions.

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