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AG funds post-Sandy insurance help for LI, NYC

Long Beach homes damaged by superstorm Sandy. (Jan.

Long Beach homes damaged by superstorm Sandy. (Jan. 4, 2013) Credit: Newsday / Alejandra Villa

Eighteen groups on Long Island and in New York City will receive funding to help residents cope with insurance problems related to superstorm Sandy, the state’s top law enforcer said.

New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office will provide $732,000 to the groups to help homeowners with issues “including improper denials of insurance claims, long delays collecting benefits, and insurance payments that are dramatically less than the homeowners expect under existing policies,” the office said in a news release.  The attorney general’s staff also will intervene with insurance companies and other benefit providers, at the request of housing counselors and legal service providers.

The 18 organizations already take part in the attorney general’s Homeowner Protection Program, which provides housing counseling and legal services for distressed homeowners. Funding for the insurance services comes from the $25 billion agreement announced in early 2012 between the nation’s five largest mortgage lenders and state and federal agencies, settling allegations of foreclosure abuses.

The groups providing Sandy-related services to Long Islanders are: Long Island Housing Services in Bohemia; the Nassau County Bar Association in Mineola; La Fuerza Unida of Glen Cove; Labor & Industry for Education in Cedarhurst; the Community Development Corp. of Long Island in Centereach; Nassau-Suffolk Law Services Committee in Hempstead; and the Manhattan-based New York Legal Assistance Group.

More information is available by calling the New York State Attorney General's hotline at 855-HOME-456.

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