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Hudson Valley RAP celebrates PIANY’s legislative successes

Zebrowski to insurance agents: PIA and lawmakers can be mutual resources

Nearly 300 insurance professionals from across New York gathered on Oct. 28 in the Doubletree Hotel in Tarrytown, N.Y., to enjoy a day of networking, education and more as part of PIANY’s 12th Annual Hudson Valley Regional Awareness Program.

HVRAP Chair Fran Scott introduces PIANY President Gene Sandy, CIC. Sandy speaks at the HVRAP luncheon.

During the event’s luncheon, newly elected PIANY President Gene Sandy, CIC, took some time to reflect on the many successes PIANY has enjoyed over the past year.

“So far, 2015 has been a very successful year for PIA and its members,” Sandy said. “There’s a lot for us to celebrate, particularly on the legislative and regulatory fronts.”

Sandy specifically highlighted PIANY’s long-fought victory getting the certificates of insurance bill signed into law by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, and beginning the movement toward reform to the state’s auto inspection requirements.

PIA worked with the New York State Department of Financial Services, vendors and legislators to eliminate New York’s mandatory photo inspection rules. While the rule was not eliminated, an amended regulation has been adopted that will increase the inspection period significantly.

“Early on in this process, we found friends who supported our effort—friends who were similarly concerned, as we are, for New York state’s insurance-buying drivers and for businesses like our agencies,” Sandy said.

Among PIANY’s allies on the push for photo inspection reform was HVRAP’s keynote speaker Assemblyman Kenneth P. Zebrowski, D-96. For his continued cooperation and advocacy for independent agents, Sandy presented Zebrowski with a presidential citation on behalf of PIA.