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Rhode Island Homeowners Seek FEMA Grants to Elevate Houses

Some Rhode Island residents are seeking federal grant money to help pay for elevating their homes to reduce the risk of flooding —  and avoid spikes in flood insurance rates. Seven homeowners in Barrington who want to elevate their homes …

Officials in N.Y.’s Nassau County Endorse Speed Cameras in School Zones

Officials in Long Island’s Nassau County, in the western part of Long Island, have formally asked for state permission to install up to 56 speed cameras in school zones. The County Legislature unanimously supported the speed camera resolution on April …

NYC Mayor Pledges to Reform Maligned Sandy Rebuilding Program

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio unveiled a sweeping report on April 17 that examined New York City’s recovery progress from Superstorm Sandy and promised to reform a much-maligned program that was supposed to rebuild wrecked homes. Speaking to …

N.J. Court Advisory Panel Seeks to Speed Up Civil Cases, Unclog Dockets

Lawyers, judges and litigants have often complained they’ve had to wait years for resolution of civil lawsuits, and now New Jersey’s state Supreme Court advisory committee has offered guidelines to try to speed the process. In a report issued April …

Maine Man Found Guilty of Workers’ Comp Fraud

An Aroostook County jury in Maine has convicted a northern Maine man of theft of more than $10,000 in workers’ compensation benefits. Prosecutors said last Friday that 63-year-old Stephen Tucker Sr. received more than $45,000 in benefits after injuring his …

Rhode Island Gov. Signs Legislation Allowing Digital Proof of Auto Insurance

Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee has signed into law legislation allowing motorists in Rhode Island to use their smartphones to offer police proof they have auto insurance. The bills sponsored by Sen. William Conley Jr. and Rep. Gregg Amore allow …

N.J. Roofing Co. Exec Admits to Misleading Its Workers’ Comp Carrier

Authorities said the president of a roofing company in New Jersey pleaded guilty to providing false and misleading information to the company’s workers’ compensation carrier in order to avoid paying hundreds of thousands of dollars in insurance premiums that he …

Vermont’s Updated Captive Law to Allow ‘Dormant’ Status for Inactive Captives

Vermont’s Gov. Peter Shumlin signed new legislation updating Vermont’s captive law, amending the reciprocal insurer section and creating a new “dormant” status for captives. Officials said the new dormant status establishes an efficient mechanism and an option for captives that …

Poll Finds New Jerseyans Souring on State’s Sandy Recovery Efforts

A new poll finds New Jerseyans are souring on how the state is handling Superstorm Sandy recovery efforts. The Monmouth University/Asbury Park Press poll out Wednesday found public satisfaction with the recovery effort has dropped below 50 percent for the …

Fireman’s Fund Names Senior Product Director for Healthcare Practice in N.Y.

Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company has appointed Mike Midgley to senior product director for healthcare professional liability. He is located in Fireman’s Fund’s New York office.Midgley most recently worked in compliance, product development and risk management for 10 years at American …

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