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Penn. Public Utility Commission OKs Emergency Rideshare Permits in Pittsburgh

Pennsylvania’s Public Utility Commission approved emergency permits Thursday for two ride-sharing companies to operate in the Pittsburgh area. The PUC had previously obtained cease-and-desist orders — which the San Francisco-based firms Lyft and Uber ignored — over concerns that drivers, …

Pennsylvania’s MJB Financial Joins Iroquois Group

MJB Financial and Insurance Advisors in Drexel Hill, Penn., has joined The Iroquois Group network, according to Michael Brown, agency principal, and Iroquois. The agency joined Iroquois on July 17, according to the announcement. The Iroquois Group, which began in …

N.Y. Announces $175M Fund to Cover Local Costs of Post-Sandy Rebuilding

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Wednesday $175 million in funding to cover local governments’ costs to repair and rebuild infrastructure damaged by Superstorm Sandy. When participating in FEMA’s Public Assistance (PA) program, local governments and public entities are …

Ex-CEO of Prominent NYC Charity Gets Prison for Insurance Scheme

The politically connected former CEO of a prominent New York City charity was sentenced to prison Wednesday for helping to steal more than $9 million from the anti-poverty organization. William Rapfogel, who once headed the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty, …

FM Global in Rhode Island Appoints Global Client Services VP

FM Global appointed Peter Pettinicchio as vice president and manager for global client services and sales operations. He is based in FM Global’s Johnston, Rhode Island, headquarters. Pettinicchio joined FM Global in 1978 as a property loss prevention engineer in …

Mass. Gov. OKs Bill Tying Required Flood Coverage Amount to Mortgage Balance

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick on Wednesday signed into law legislation that prohibits creditors from requiring residential property owners to buy flood insurance in an amount that exceeds the balance of their mortgage or the value of a home equity line …

Pennsylvania Auditor Cites Flaws in Gas Drilling Regulation

Strained by the rapid expansion of natural gas drilling in Pennsylvania and limited resources, environmental regulators have failed to adequately monitor well safety or to provide clear and timely information to citizens, the state’s elected auditor said Tuesday. Eugene DePasquale …

Penn. Insurance Fraud Prevention Authority Appoints Executive Director

The Pennsylvania Insurance Fraud Prevention Authority (IFPA) in Mechanicsburg, Penn., has appointed Thomas A. Donahue III as executive director, effective August 5. Donahue succeeds current Executive Director Ralph Burnham who plans to retire.

Critics Want More Details on Superstorm Sandy Spending in New Jersey

New Jersey Senate President Steve Sweeney says newly released reports on the state’s biggest Superstorm Sandy recovery projects are not detailed enough. Gov. Chris Christie’s administration released its first integrity monitor reports last week, more than 16 months after Christie …

Massachusetts Does Well in New Kids Count Report

Children in Massachusetts are better off than in any other state in the nation, according to a report released Tuesday. Massachusetts was ranked No. 1 in the overall well-being of children as measured in four categories, according to the 25th …

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