On Mary’s Mind – Until We Meet Again

​By Mary Byrnes​, AAI-M, AU​, Education Department On the eve of my last day with Big I New York rapidly approaching on November 7th, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to leave you with one last challenge. Thinking back on a few decades in insurance, it has come to mind how truly blessed I have been to have been mentored by some wonderful people.  Perhaps you might have known them. Bill Caryl of Caryl & Murray (RIP)-This was my first agency position.  Whether it was asking to take the brokers licensing course, take the AAI course series, try my hand at sales, or whatever, Bill was not…

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Oktoberfest 2019 Recap

Big I TriCounty’s Oktoberfest, October 3, 2019 Judging by the enthusiastic crowd, the rain didn’t hinder our once-a-year event at Plattduetsche Park in the least. As usual, the food was terrific, and the beer flowed as did animated conversations throughout the evening. Our raffle prizes were very popular and the 50/50 almost sold out. Thank you to Mike Witkowski who donated half of his 50/50 winnings back to the evening’s cause - Susan G. Komen 3-Day Walk. Jeanne Abatelli who was responsible for putting this event together will also make her 6th annual walk for breast cancer in California next month. Congratulations Jeanne! Thanks also…

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Linda Lacewell Confirmed as DFS Superintendent

Acting DFS Superintendent Linda Lacewell was confirmed by the NY Senate last evening.​ Lacewell formerly served as  Chief of Staff to Governor Cuomo, responsible for overseeing executive chamber operations. She also served as special counsel to Andrew Cuomo during his tensure as New York Attorney General, overseing investigations into public pension fund corruption and out-of-network health insurance. She has indicated she intends to make consumer protection a top priority, and has stated that cybersecurity is one of the most pressing issues facing the financial services industry.  Source

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