State and Town Present N.Y.S. Insurance Department Mobile Resource Center to Provide Hurricane Relief Information and Assistance

Free help and guidance has arrived for area residents who seek answers to insurance-related questions as they clean up from the destruction caused by Irene last weekend. New York State Senator Charles Fuschillo, Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray, New York State Assemblyman David McDonough and Councilwoman Angie Cullin jointly presented the New York State Insurance Department Mobile Resource Center at Merrick Road Town Park on Thursday, September 1st.

The Mobile Resource Center is available to area residents at Merrick Road Town Park, located at 2550 Clubhouse Road in Merrick (near intersection of Merrick Road) from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, September 1st only. Representatives from the New York State Insurance Department will be available to residents to address questions related to processing private insurance claims and other disaster relief and reimbursement programs, including FEMA assistance.

"Finding the correct answers about filing insurance claims and learning about available disaster relief programs can be a daunting task," Fuschillo said. "The Mobile Resource Center is here to make that process easier for residents. I am happy that the state was able to partner with the town to bring this valuable resource to our area."

"I encourage neighbors to take advantage of this special service offered by the New York State Insurance Department," Murray said. "Knowledgeable representatives are on hand to answer your important questions about insurance and disaster relief programs. I want to thank Senator Fuschillo and Assemblyman McDonough for making the New York State Insurance Department's Mobile Resource Center available to area residents."

"The state Insurance Department's Mobile Resource Center is offering a convenient way to assist citizens with important information during a time of need," McDonough said. "I urge area residents to utilize this free service."

"For our residents who were hit especially hard by Irene, it is a stressful time," Cullin said. "Hopefully this free service will help address some of their concerns."

Residents are asked to bring copies of their homeowner's insurance documents, if available. A Consumer Guide to Insurance for Natural Disasters, issued by the New York State Department of Insurance, is available by visiting the agency's website: www.ins.state.ny.us.

Hempstead Town's hurricane response is ongoing as tree removal crews continue to work around the clock. More than 800 trees fell in Hempstead Town as a result of Irene. Crews have removed 700 of those 800 trees from danger. The remaining 100 trees are entangled in power lines, which must be de-energized by LIPA before town workers can safely remove the trees.