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Superintendent Lacewell Announces DFS Issues New Guidance on Ransomware Prevention

By NAIFA-New York on 7/9/21 11:21 AM

Ransomware Crisis Threatens All Financial Services Companies

DFS Guidance Identifies Key Cybersecurity Measures to Reduce Risk of Ransomware Attacks

Superintendent Linda A. Lacewell today announced that the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) has issued new guidance on preventing ransomware attacks. In the guidance, DFS identifies cybersecurity controls that significantly reduce the risk of a ransomware attack and should be implemented by companies wherever possible. 

Topics: Regulatory Compliance Security
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NAIFA-New York Legislative Update - July 2021

By NAIFA-New York on 7/9/21 11:15 AM

Legislative Session Update
As reported previously, the New York State Legislature concluded their legislative session on June 10 with their traditional flurry of legislative activity with 461 bills passing both houses during the final week.

As a point of reference, 892 bills passed both houses this session which began in January. Of the 892 measures, 652 have yet to be delivered to be Governor which is not atypical for this point in the year. We anticipate that most of these measures will be enacted into law with most of the vetoes occurring at the end of the year. It is unclear at this point what impact the pending investigations of the Executive Chamber will have if any on this process.

In a sign that the world is returning to some sense of normalcy, the State Capital is now open to the public.

June 22 was primary day in New York State. Due to the new ranked voting methodology, the winner in the NYC Democratic mayoral primary has not been declared but it appears that Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams is the favorite to occupy Gracie Mansion next January.

As an aside, every state legislator seeking local office in New York City lost on primary day.

In Buffalo, Democratic Social of America member India Walton decisively upset four-term Mayor Byron Brown in the Democratic primary. Ms. Walton is the overwhelming favorite to be the next Mayor of Buffalo.

Finally, State Senator Todd Kaminsky has announced his candidacy for Nassau County District Attorney.

Topics: State Advocacy
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Loyal Member Profile: Peter Browne

By NAIFA on 6/3/21 12:25 PM

Peter Browne, LUTCF is serving as the Immediate Past President of NAIFA-NY and has been a loyal NAIFA member since 1965. Peter recently relocated to White Plains, NY but spent the bulk of his career in New York, NY with PRB Wealth Management. He specializes in executive compensation and estate planning. 

Topics: Benefits of a Financial Advisor
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NAIFA-New York Legislative Update - June 2021

By NAIFA-New York on 6/2/21 9:54 AM

Legislative Session
As the June 10 close of session quickly approaches, the Assembly and Senate introduced and moved hundreds of bills the past couple of weeks. The Senate wrapped up their regularly scheduled Committee meetings and the Assembly will continue to hold Committee meetings until the week before they adjourn for the year.

Welcome May New Members!

By NAIFA-New Jersey on 6/1/21 3:00 PM

Welcome new members who joined NAIFA-New York this May!

Belonging to your professional association sets you apart from the competition by ascribing to a Code of Ethics, voluntarily investing & participating in a performance-driven networking group, and serving your industry through advocacy and community service.

Topics: Members
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Loyal Member Profile: Gary Cappon

By NAIFA on 5/11/21 9:31 PM

Gary Cappon, CLU, LUTCF, RICP, FSCP, CLTC is the President of NAIFA-NY and has been a loyal NAIFA member since 2006. He practices with Cadaret Grant & Co., Inc., in Syracuse, NY, where he is the Vice President of Sales and Fixed Annuity Insurance Solutions and assists financial professionals from all over the country with every aspect of the planning process. This role enables him to use his knowledge and skills to provide solutions to complex problems.

Topics: Advisor Today
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Loyal Member Profile: Mitchell Ostrove

By NAIFA on 5/4/21 10:52 AM

Mitchell “Mitch” Ostrove CLU, ChFC, LACP serves as the VP of Professional Development on the NAIFA-NY Board and has been a loyal NAIFA member since 1965. He practices with The Ostrove Group, in White Plains, NY, where he specializes in insuring small closely held corporations.

Topics: Advisor Today
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NAIFA-New York Legislative Update - May 3, 2021

By NAIFA-New York on 5/3/21 12:57 PM

Legislative Session
With the enactment of the State Budget, the Legislature has shifted its focus to programmatic issues. The Legislature plans to complete the 2021 Session on June 10th. Both houses will likely pass virtually thousands of bills over the next six weeks. The Attorney General’s investigation into sexual harassment allegations against Governor Cuomo will undoubtedly impact the pace and agenda for the balance of the Legislative Session.

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New York Appellate Court Rules Regulation 187 Unconstitutional

By NAIFA on 4/29/21 2:40 PM

The New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division, has ruled that state Insurance Regulation 187, “Suitability and Best Interests in Life Insurance and Annuity Transactions,” is unconstitutional. A 2018 amendment to Regulation 187 imposed a complicated new standard of care on annuity recommendations and broadened the scope of the regulation to include life insurance as well as annuity products.

Topics: State Advocacy Standard of Care
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Loyal Member Profile: Neil Himmelstein

By NAIFA on 4/27/21 7:01 PM

Neil Himmelstein serves as the Vice President of Membership on the NAIFA-NY Board and has been a loyal NAIFA member since 1997. He practices with Main Street Planning Group, in Center Moriches, NY, where he specializes in high-net-worth programs such as Premium Finance and Restricted Property Trust and finding solutions for clients with health impairment needs.

Topics: #NAIFAProud New York

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