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Superstorm Sandy
6:29 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

Lawsuit: Insurance Company Didn't Pay Sales Tax On Superstorm Sandy Claims

A boat lies toppled between two flooded houses in Lindenhurst, N.Y., in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012.
Credit AP Photo/Jason DeCrow

Lawyers for Superstorm Sandy victims filed another class-action lawsuit Friday against an insurance company, alleging adjusters miscalculated sales tax and then tried to hide their mistake.

Dozens of insurance companies are already accused of shortchanging Sandy Victims out of billions of dollars through the National Flood Insurance Program.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) runs the program, which allows people to buy flood insurance from the federal government. FEMA contracts private insurance companies to process claims and payouts.

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Superstorm Sandy
8:23 am
Thu March 12, 2015

Feds Prepared To Reopen All Superstorm Sandy Insurance Claims

A worker shovels muck out of a home in Longport, N.J., after Superstorm Sandy in 2012. Federal regulators say homeowners will be able to challenge insurance payouts they believe shortchanged them.
Credit Patrick Semansky/AP

 

The Federal Emergency Management Agency says it is prepared to reopen all 144,000 insurance claims that resulted from Superstorm Sandy in 2012.

The move comes after months of questions over whether insurance companies contracted by the National Flood Insurance Program fraudulently altered engineering reports.

After thousands of homeowners said their insurance claims were systematically lowballed, FEMA began negotiations in an attempt to regain the trust of policy holders.

No agreement has yet been signed.

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Government
1:51 pm
Wed March 11, 2015

Cuomo Gets Blowback On 90 Day Email Deletion Policy

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has been getting some bipartisan criticism from state lawmakers over an email policy that erases all electronic correspondence of state employees after 90 days.

The policy to delete the emails of state employees after three months has been in place for some time, but is only now being enforced. It was revealed during a recent budget hearing, where Governor Cuomo’s chief Information Officer Maggie Miller testified before skeptical state lawmakers .

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Superstorm Sandy
12:26 pm
Tue March 10, 2015

FEMA Increases Oversight Over Flood Insurers

Cars lifted by floodwater are mired in several feet of sand in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, in Long Beach, N.Y. Lawyers representing about 1,800 homeowners are trying to prove that some engineering firms hired to inspect the damage issued bogus reports that led reduced insurance payouts.
Credit AP Photo/Jason DeCrow

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) said Monday it's boosting its oversight of the private insurance companies contracted by the National Flood Insurance Program.

FEMA manages the flood program, which allows people to buy flood insurance from the federal government. The agency hires private insurance companies to process claims and payouts in the flood program.  The insurance companies hire engineering firms to survey damage, and adjusting firms to calculate how much it will cost to repair the damage. 

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Government
12:37 pm
Sat March 7, 2015

Sandy Hook Advisory Commission Releases Its Final Report

Commission member and city of Norwalk Fire Chief Denis McCarthy holds a copy of the final report from the Sandy Hook Advisory Commission after a presentation at the Legislative Office Building, Friday, March 6, 2015, in Hartford, Conn. The commission was formed to provide a of review current policy and to make recommendations in the areas of public safety, mental health, and gun violence prevention after the 2012 killings of 20 first-graders and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
Credit Jessica Hill / AP

More than two years after it was convened, the Sandy Hook Advisory Commission has concluded its work. The commission presented its 277-page final report to Gov. Dannel Malloy Friday. Malloy formed the group in early 2013 to make recommendations for policy changes in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut in December of 2012.

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