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New York State gets tough on Sandy insurers

New York State has told its financial watchdog to investigate three insurance companies ...

(Reuters) - New York State has told its financial watchdog to investigate three insurance companies for dragging their heels when it comes to processing claims for damage caused by Superstorm Sandy that slammed the region last October.

New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo said in a statement that consumer complaints against Narragansett Bay Insurance Company, Tower Insurance Company and Kingstone Insurance Company


The insurance companies are being investigated for not sending adjusters or processing claims quickly enough, and not making their representatives available to homeowners, the statement said.

The storm caused around $40 billion of damage in New York State. Loss of property tax revenues, emergency funds, and hefty repair bills have put an additional strain on the stretched municipal finances throughout the state, despite aid from the federal government.

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