Insurance issues surrounding the Tappan Zee Bridge

Hundreds gather to discuss New York's unique and troublesome laws at HVRAP

A rainy day couldn't stop insurance professionals from both sides of the Tappan Zee Bridge and across the Hudson Valley from gathering at the Professional Insurance Agents of New York State Inc.'s Hudson Valley Regional Awareness Program, Nov. 6, at the Doubletree Hotel in Tarrytown.

PIANY President Anthony A. Kubera, CIC, addresses the crowd at Hudson Valley RAP's luncheon.

"Hudson Valley RAP has become an institution over the past decade, almost as much as the Tappan Zee Bridge itself," said PIANY President Anthony A. Kubera, CIC. "It's not a coincidence that today's event has a thematic thread that involves the Tappan Zee. It is a concrete and symbolic representation of two issues that PIA has put on the top of its efforts: certificates of insurance and New York's unique Labor Law, 240/241(a)."

During his inaugural address, Kubera encouraged PIANY members to get involved in PIA's legislative efforts including their local District Office Visits, going on now, as well as their area Advisory Council meetings. "Come see what happens at PIA—hear what we are doing, and share what you, as a professional, are experiencing. Tell us what you need. We want to hear from you; we need your input and your participation because PIA's ability to move quickly when change occurs; to recognize and respond to our members, relies on the input you give us."

Certificates of insurance, and the impact of the improper use of them, was one of the featured topics of this year's Hudson Valley RAP, in addition to New York state's Scaffold Law and the Tappan Zee Bridge construction project.

The daylong event featured an award presentation; education sessions; a trade show featuring some 50 exhibitors; an address by newly elected PIANY President Kubera, CIC, of Russell Bond & Co.; and more.

Plans already are underway for next year's Hudson Valley RAP; watch your PIA publications for details.