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Letter: Insulting swipe at insurance agents

William J. Lindsay III (D), candidate for Suffolk

William J. Lindsay III (D), candidate for Suffolk County Legislature 8th District. (May 20, 2013) Photo Credit: James Escher

Recently, I received a campaign mailer attacking William Lindsay III because he makes a living selling insurance ["Suffolk Legislature: Democrats hold on to their majority," News, Nov. 6]. As an insurance agent, I was insulted by the allegation that insurance salespeople are less than honorable, hardworking professionals.

The flier suggested that insurance agents were nowhere to be found when superstorm Sandy hit. This is not true. While out-of-town Federal Emergency Management Agency representatives and adjusters came and went, professional, independent insurance agents were here all along. We played a critical role in helping our fellow residents file claims, get back on their feet and return to as much normalcy as possible, as quickly as possible.

Alan Plafker, Manhasset

Editor's note: The writer is the president of the Professional Insurance Agents of New York State, a trade association.