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District office visits

PIA's District Office Visits

PIANY facilitates its District Office Visit program, comprised of outreach meetings with legislators across the state, taking place in the fall. These visits give us a head start on our priority issues for the coming state legislative session. The goal of the DOVs is to reach out to state legislators before they return to Albany and discuss the issues that are important to professional, independent insurance agents.

PIANY is committed to helping its DOV program be as successful as possible by preparing volunteers with background information and talking points, so you can speak confidently on the most pressing issues. Your association’s staff even will attend meetings to support your visits.

Interested in participating? Please send an email to or call the PIA Government Affairs Department at (800) 424‑4244, to get more information about the program. To review the association's legislative priorities, click here.

How the program works. PIANY members sign up to visit their legislators, in small groups, in their district offices, between November and January. Meetings take place in your local area with your state legislators. PIANY will provide you with the background materials you need and enlist PIANY staff to accompany you, if requested.

Highlights of recent visits:

Capital District

John Tomassi, CPCU
J. Carlos "Shawn" Viaña


John C. Parsons II, CIC, CPIA, AAI

Long Island

Jason E. Bartow, AAI, CPIA
Justin Fries, CIC, CPCU, CPIA
Jorge Hernandez
Alan Plafker, CPIA
N. Stephen Ruchman, CPIA
Gene Sandy, CIC
Gary Slavin, CLTC, CIC

New York City

Richard Signorelli


Fred Holender, CLU, CPCU, ChFC, MSFS