Issues: Insurance

LaValle: Senate Passes Tough Auto Insurance Fraud Measures

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle said today that the Senate has passed passed three bills to combat auto insurance fraud, which costs New Yorkers more than $1 billion a year, as well as legislation that would impose stronger criminal penalties for staging auto accidents. Recent cases of auto insurance fraud have uncovered massive crime rings, including doctors, lawyers and scam artists who staged accidents and used New York's no-fault insurance program as their own, giant, state-sponsored ATM machine.

Senate action on the bills came on the ninth anniversary of the tragic death of Alice Ross, a 71-year-old wife and grandmother  who was killed as the result of a fraud-related, staged auto accident in Queens.

March 22, 2012
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Seward Bill Cracks Down On Auto Insurance Fraud

ALBANY, 03/22/12 – The New York State Senate today passed three bills to combat auto insurance fraud, which costs New Yorkers more than $1 billion a year, as well as legislation that would impose stronger criminal penalties for staging auto accidents. Recent cases of auto insurance fraud have uncovered massive crime rings, including doctors, lawyers and scam artists who staged accidents and used New York's no-fault insurance program as their own giant state-sponsored, ATM machine.

March 22, 2012
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SENATE PASSES TOUGH AUTO INSURANCE FRAUD MEASURES

The New York State Senate today passed three bills to combat auto insurance fraud, which costs New Yorkers more than $1 billion a year, as well as legislation that would impose stronger criminal penalties for staging auto accidents. Recent cases of auto insurance fraud have uncovered massive crime rings, including doctors, lawyers and scam artists who staged accidents and used New York's no-fault insurance program as their own giant state-sponsored, ATM machine.

March 22, 2012
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Committee Meeting: Insurance Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Insurance Senator James L. Seward, Chair 12:30 PM, Monday, March 19, 2012 Room 124 CAP

March 19, 12:30 PM - 12:34 PM
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3/12/12: Senator John Bonacic Discusses Flood Insurance Claims

Senator John Bonacic joined Senator James Seward in a roundtable discussion regarding the administration of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) in New York State and to explore ways to ensure adequate flood insurance coverage for homeowners.

March 13, 2012
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Seward Leads Call For Flood Safety

ALBANY, 03/13/12 – The New York State Senate today adopted a legislative resolution calling on Governor Cuomo to declare March 12 – 17, 2012 as Flood Safety Awareness Week in the State of New York.

Senate resolution 3593 was sponsored by Senator James L. Seward R/C/I-Oneonta) in conjunction with the national awareness week recognized by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

“We are all painfully aware of the devastation caused by Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee late last summer,” said Senator Seward.  “Many communities across New York State, including in my senate district, suffered major flooding and continue to rebuild from the destruction.

March 13, 2012
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SENATE PASSES 2012-13 BUDGET RESOLUTION

Gallivan: “Senate Plan Cuts Taxes, Reforms Medicaid, Protects Seniors and Schools.”

The New York State Senate voted to approve its 2012-13 Senate Budget resolution, continuing its focus on state spending, job creation, and structural reform to government.

The Senate budget, at just under $132.5 billion, keeps the total state spending increase below two percent, and spends less than the Executive Budget. The budget closes a $2 billion budget deficit and builds on last year’s successes in putting the state’s fiscal house in order.

March 13, 2012
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Senator Adriano Espaillat, Farmworkers’ Advocates Call for Passage of Farmworkers Bill of Rights and End to Brutal Working Conditions for New York’s Farmworkers

Currently lacking basic labor protections, farmworkers would receive weekly day off, workers’ compensation, sanitary working conditions, and other important rights

(New York, NY) – Senator Adriano Espaillat and advocates for New York’s farmworkers called for the passage of the Farmworkers Bill of Rights, a critical piece of legislation which will help end brutal working conditions for farmworkers across the state.

March 5, 2012
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Committee Meeting: Insurance Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Insurance Senator James L. Seward, Chair 12:30 PM, Monday, March 5, 2012 Room 124 CAP

March 5, 12:30 PM - 12:34 PM
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DA HYNES AND SENATOR GOLDEN CALL ON ALBANY TO REFORM NEW YORK’S BROKEN NO-FAULT AUTO INSURANCE SYSTEM IN WAKE OF ARRESTS

BROOKLYN, New York February 29, 2011 – In response to today’s bust up of a Brooklyn-based crime ring suspected of committing health care and no-fault auto insurance fraud to the tune of $250 million, Kings County District Attorney Charles J. Hynes and Senator Martin J. Golden are again calling on Albany to act swiftly to reform New York’s broken no-fault auto insurance system.

 

February 29, 2012
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Forum/Town Hall: To gather information regarding the Administration of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) in New York State and to explore ways to ensure adequate flood insurance coverage for homeowners

Senate Standing Committee on Insurance
Chair: Senator James L. Seward
Co-Sponsor: Senator John J. Bonacic
Roundtable: To gather information regarding the Administration of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) in New York State and to explore ways to ensure adequate flood insurance coverage for homeowners
Place: Van Buren Hearing Room A, Legislative Office Building, 2nd Floor, Albany, New York
Time: 10:30 A.M.
Contact: Alison Cooper (518) 455-3131
Media Contact: Jeff Bishop (518) 455-3131 (Seward) or Jillian Devel (518) 455-3181 (Bonacic)
ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

March 12, 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
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Committee Meeting: Insurance Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Insurance Senator James L. Seward, Chair 12:30 PM, Monday, January 30, 2012 Room 124 CAP

January 30, 12:30 PM - 12:34 PM
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Seward Touts Keys For Success For 2012

ONEONTA, 01/12/12 – In media conferences across his district kicking off the 2012 session of the New York State Senate, State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) opened up his legislative playbook and detailed his “Keys for Success.”   Seward’s game plan focuses on economic development, mandate relief, reform of the education aid formula, and continued flood recovery assistance.

January 12, 2012
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Committee Meeting: Insurance Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Insurance Senator James L. Seward, Chair 12:30 PM, Monday, January 9, 2012 Room 123 CAP

January 9, 12:30 PM - 12:34 PM
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TAX CUTS AND PROPERTY TAX CAP HIGHLIGHT NEW JANUARY 1ST LAWS

Middle class tax cuts that will reduce tax rates for millions of hardworking taxpayers and the two-percent property tax cap highlight new state laws that will go into effect on January 1, 2012.

The recently enacted tax cuts will reduce tax rates on middle class taxpayers to their lowest levels in more than 50 years (Chapter 55, L.2011). About 4.4 million middle class taxpayers will receive a total of $690 million in personal income tax relief.

December 16, 2011
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GOVERNOR CUOMO ANNOUNCES HEALTH INSURER RATE FILINGS NOW AVAILABLE TO PUBLIC

Filings on Department of Financial Services Website

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that rate increase requests from health insurers are now available on the Department of Financial Services' website, www.dfs.ny.gov. DFS has determined that all rate increase requests should be available so that the public could comment effectively, but health insurers initially objected. Then, led by United Healthcare, the insurers dropped their objections.

November 17, 2011
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Foreclosure and Homeownersip Preservation

News From New York StateSenator Shirley L. HuntleyContact: Bryant G.

November 4, 2011
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Senator Krueger & Pro-Choice Caucus Push Obama Admin On Care Inclusion

Fifty-four Assembly members and senators have signed on to a letter circulated by the Bipartisan Pro Choice Legislative Caucus urging the Obama administration to interpret the health care reform law such that state-level health care exchanges include all family planning essential community providers in their networks.

The letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Donald Berwick, administrator of the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, notes wait times increased most significantly – up to 70 days in the Boston area – for women’s health care providers when Massachusetts implemented its version of health care reform. The lawmakers don’t want to see that replicated here in New York.

October 26, 2011
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N.Y. State ‘Sick But Getting Better’ Gianaris Tells UCCA

The Queens Gazette wrote on Senator Gianaris' thoughts at the UCCA meeting at Augustana Lutheran Church in Astoria Heights on October 6. The senator discussed the state of the state, in relation to its budget and deficit, along with other issues such hasydrofracking, power plant siting, hospital closings in Queens and auto insurance fraud.

October 13, 2011
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State Insurance reps in Salem, Sept. 28 to answer flood-related questions

     New York State Insurance Department representatives will be available Wednesday, September 28 in the village of Salem to answer flood-related insurance questions,  according to Senator Betty Little and Assemblyman Tony Jordan.  The Mobile Command Center van will be parked in the village municipal parking lot, 301 Main Street, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. next to the FEMA van.

September 26, 2011
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