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Superintendent of Insurance Eric R. Dinallo today announced former Assemblyman Ivan C. Lafayette has been named the Insurance Department’s Deputy Superintendent for Community Affairs. He will lead the Department’s education and community outreach activities.

Lafayette represented the 34th District in Queens in the New York State Assembly from November 1976 until September 2008. He was a member of the Executive Committee of the National Conference of Insurance Legislators and Chair of its Financial Services Committee.

“Ivan Lafayette is an outstanding addition to the Department and a great choice to lead our outreach effort,” Dinallo said. “His appointment reflects Governor Paterson’s strong commitment to consumer advocacy and policyholder protection. Deputy Superintendent Lafayette’s impressive track record includes more than three decades of public service in the Assembly, where he served as a member of the Insurance Committee and Chair of the Subcommittee on Automobile Insurance. His signature achievements include the Uninsured Motorist’s Law, which creates penalties for driving without insurance. His understanding of both the insurance industry and the issues affecting the diverse communities across this great state makes him superbly suited to the task of educating New Yorkers about the importance and wise use of insurance.”

As Deputy Superintendent for Community Affairs, Lafayette’s duties include planning and directing the Department’s outreach and community affairs initiatives, services and programs on issues affecting a broad spectrum of consumers, including the senior population. He will develop and maintain ongoing communications with other state agencies and community groups, and gather and analyze information to support or improve community-based programs.

Lafayette has a long history of involvement in civic and community affairs. His numerous activities include being a founding member and Honorary President of the Jackson Heights/Elmhurst Kehillah (Jewish Community Council), a veteran and member of Post 209 of the Jewish War Veterans and of the American Legion. He served as President of the Jackson Heights Chapter of B’Nai B’rith, of which he is still a member, is a member of the Kiwanis Club of Jackson Heights, an honorary member of the Father Bellini Society, Queens Council on the Arts, and the Latin American Cultural Center. He also served on the Faculty Advisory Board of LaGuardia Community College Secretarial Science Department.

Lafayette was Deputy Speaker of the New York State Assembly. He previously served as Speaker Pro Tempore for five years. He also served as the Dean of the Queens Delegation. From 1997 until 1999, he served as Majority Whip and was Chairman of the NYS Assembly’s Committee on Standing Committees. Prior to those positions, he was the Chairman of the Assembly’s Majority Steering Committee and of the Consumer Affairs Committee.

In addition to having been Chair of the Subcommittee on Automobile Insurance, Lafayette is the former Chairperson of the Administrative Regulations Review Commission. The Assemblyman also served, as a Senior Member, on the Assembly’s Ways & Means Committee, Rules Committee, Steering Committee, Banks Committee, as well as the Insurance and Transportation Committees and the Assembly Intern Program.

Lafayette attended Brooklyn College. He served in the U.S. Army from December 1952 until December 1954, and was in the automobile businesses as a repairer, leaser, sales manager and dealer. He and his wife, Bertine, have made their home in Jackson Heights since 1956. They have three sons – Jonathan, Mark and Richard – and eight grandchildren.


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