May 9, 2024

PIA New York leadership participates in Albany Lobby Day

ALBANY, N.Y.—Representatives from the Professional Insurance Agents of New York State Inc., met with state legislators at the Legislative Office Building in Albany, as part of the association’s 2024 Albany Lobby Day program. 

Participants spent the day on May 7, 2024, visiting with state Senate and Assembly representatives discussing the association’s 2024 legislative priorities, which include standardizing the definition of windstorm; excess-line reforms; repealing the anti-arson application requirement in New York City; and reforms to the New York state’s tort system.  

PIANY was represented by:  

  • PIANY President Gary Slavin, CLTC, CIC, of Massapequa, N.Y. Slavin is financial services representative and investment adviser representative for MassMutual in Massapequa. 
  • PIANY President-elect Richard Andrews, LUTCF, of Lowville, N.Y. Andrews is president of Andrews Agency Inc., in Ithaca. 
  • PIANY Secretary Jorge Hernandez, of Merrick, N.Y. Hernandez is president of North Franklin Brokerage Inc., in Hempstead. 

These volunteers were accompanied by PIA Northeast Director of Government & Industry Affairs Bradford J. Lachut, Esq., and PIANY Lobbyist Patrick Zlogar. 

The PIANY members met with legislators throughout the day, including Senate Insurance Committee Chairperson Sen. Neil D. Breslin, D-46, Assembly Insurance Committee Chairperson Assemblyman David I. Weprin, D-24, as well as Sen. Joseph P. Addabbo Jr., D-15; Sen. Pamela Helming, R-54, Sen. Jeremy A. Cooney, D-56, and Assemblyman Kenneth D. Blankenbush, R-117. 

Photos from the meetings can be found here


PIA New York is the premier professional association for independent insurance agents, working to advance the needs of its members and be a leading voice in the insurance industry. PIANY provides members with the very best education, information, advocacy, and business tools possible.