On October 30, 2007, the New York City Council’s Committee on Consumer Affairs will hold an oversight hearing on homeowner policy terminations in coastal areas of New York City. It will also consider a resolution which will call upon the New York State Legislature to pass legislation that would lower the percentage of homeowners’ insurance policies that an insurance provider may cancel or refuse to renew without the approval of the New York State Department of Insurance.
Recent rainstorms and a tornado in New York City this summer exposed the City’s vulnerabilities and highlighted the importance of New Yorkers’ ability to protect and insure property during extreme weather conditions.
Insurance firms such as Allstate and Liberty Mutual Group announced it would discontinue coverage on New York City homeowners who were considered susceptible to storm damage. Critics have charged that such cancellations were made depending on whether homeowners held additional policies with the insurance company.
Scheduled to testify at tomorrow’s hearing are State Senator Jeffrey Klein (D-Bronx), representatives of Liberty Mutual Group and local advocate groups.
Allstate did not respond to numerous invitations from the Council to testify.
Tuesday, October 30, 2007, 10 AM
250 Broadway, Manhattan, 14th Floor Hearing Room