January 5, 2013

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Skoufis introduces first legislation

ALBANY – Assemblyman James Skoufis (D-Woodbury) has been in office less than one week, but he has already introduced a pair of bills aimed at what he calls a lack of response by insurance companies after a natural disaster.

Skoufis got the idea from what said was a lack of response by some insurance companies to damage from Hurricane Irene when he was a Woodbury town councilman.

“For some people to have insurance and to not be treated with the respect as customers of that insurance company drove me crazy and that’s what prompted me to make these my first two bills as an assemblyman,” Skoufis said.

One bill would set standards for a prompt investigation and settlement of claims when a disaster has been declared, and the other would create a task force to examine insurance companies’ treatment of claims, and suggest methods to help streamline their response.

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