Long story short:
- Big I NY members from across the state met virtually with our Congressional representatives
- Members discussed key issues facing the industry, including the COVID-19 Recovery Fund and business interruption coverage legislation
Despite the ongoing pandemic, independent agents were still able to make our voices heard on the hill. This week and last, Big I NY members participated in virtual meetings with members of the state's Congressional delegation, including the offices of Senator Schumer and Gillibrand, and multiple Members of Congress.
"This was my first time joining a congressional meeting with Big I NY, and I wasn't sure what to expect. It was a great opportunity to speak on important issues for our clients, and I was really impressed how thoughtfully my Congressman (John Katko), listened to our concerns." Said Rina Hart, from OneGroup in Syracuse.
Members met to discuss several pressing issues related to COVID-19, including: opposing misguided legislation to retroactively mandate that business interruption coverage apply to pandemic-related losses; calling for expanded small business relief through the Paycheck Protection Act and the Business Continuity Protection Program; and urging a for a constructive and collaborative dialogue around the best model for providing pandemic coverage in the future.
"It was definitely empowering to meet with our members of Congress and speak up for our members and customers," said Neil Levy, President of Big I Tri-County. “Every day we provide our customers with solutions, and it's our obligation to fight for the right solutions in Washington, too."