Charles Lane

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No Joke. Flood Insurance Rates Increase On April 1

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

About a million people will see their premiums double. The rate increase is part of an effort to bring down the debt for the program which subsidizes insurance for people living in flood zones.


FEMA's Appeals Process Favored Insurance Companies Almost Every Time

Monday, March 16, 2015

It's the latest step in a growing controversy after thousands of homeowners said insurance companies lowballed damage estimates and insurance insiders called the appeals process "rigged."


Feds Prepared To Reopen All Superstorm Sandy Insurance Claims

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

FEMA's move comes after months of questions about whether insurance companies shortchanged homeowners.


Resolving FEMA's Flood Claims Could Cost Billions

Thursday, March 05, 2015

Federal officials have agreed to re-evaluate any Sandy-related flood insurance claim with questionable practices.


FEMA Begins Settling Flood Insurance Claims

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

On the hot seat after revelations of fraud, the federal agency makes deals with 160 homeowners in just two weeks.

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Superstorm Sandy Victims Say FEMA's Role Is Fatally Conflicted

Saturday, February 21, 2015

As Sandy victims and FEMA work to resolve accusations of falsified damage estimates, some are questioning how the agency can be both a flood insurance provider and a regulator of flood insurance.


National Flood Insurance Was Once Just Broke; Now It Looks Broken

Friday, February 20, 2015

Homeowners say they've been systematically cheated — the government promises reform.

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FEMA In Talks To Settle Sandy Flood Insurance Claims

Friday, February 20, 2015

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has been holding talks with lawyers representing Superstorm Sandy victims who say insurance claims fraud cheated them out of tens of thousands of dollars.


Raid on Engineering Firm Suspected of Undercutting Sandy Homeowners

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Investigators for New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman raided the headquarters of a Long Island firm that allegedly falsified damage assessments for homes flooded by Sandy.

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Why Slow Electronic Payments Can Cause Cash Flow Problems

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Electronic messages can circle the globe in an instant, but electronic payments can still take days to complete. This often puts consumers at greater risk of getting hit with late fees.


After Sandy: Insurance Claim Battles Cost Homeowners, Taxpayers

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Over two years after Superstorm Sandy flooded homes in New Jersey and New York, legal battles still rage over insurance claims to repair damage. But insurance companies aren't playing by the rules.


Senators: Sandy Homeowners Systematically Denied Insurance Claims

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

A legal case has uncovered what could be a pervasive practice: insurers hired engineers to rewrite damage assessments to reduce their payouts.

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The Holidays Bring A New Season For Credit Card Breaches

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Shoppers are heading into the heavy-spending season with no new credit safeguards in place. Experts say it'll be at least another year before the U.S. system moves beyond technology from the 1970s.


With New Virtual Currency Rules, N.Y. Regulators Tread A Fine Line

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

New York banking regulators are expected to release new rules this week governing Bitcoin and other virtual currencies. Industry experts both welcome the regulations and worry they could go too far.


OTB Parlors Criticize Hike In Horse Racing Simulcast Rates

Friday, June 06, 2014

Saturday is the Belmont Stakes, the last race in the vaunted Triple Crown series of horse races. But as excitement builds, so does a bitter feud in the business of horse racing.


To Avoid Flooding, Coastal Homeowners Lift Themselves Up

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Driving through the low-lying community of Lindenhurst, on New York's Long Island, you see house after house lifted up on pilings, 12 feet in the air. Superstorm Sandy put Lindenhurst under 8 feet of water, and many homeowners lost everything. For many, lifting a house has become the go-to solution.


Education Commissioner Opts for Private Meetings After Heckling

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

New York's top education official has taken his road show promoting new Common Core learning standards private. After facing tough crowds and getting heckled last week, King has met with educators behind closed doors.

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Police Searching for Suspect Who Shot 2 Near Roosevelt Field Mall

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

A shooting near a Long Island Mall put law enforcement on high alert today. Now, hundreds of police are still searching for the alleged assailant.


N.Y. County Outsources The Job Of Monitoring Sex Offenders

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Suffolk County, on Long Island, is giving enforcement authority to a victims' advocacy group. Lawmakers call it a cost-effective way to keep citizens safe. But a local attorney who often represents sex offenders calls it a "vigilante exercise."


'You Gotta Keep Smashin' And Smashin' And Smashin'!'

Saturday, July 27, 2013

A postcard from a summer staple: the demolition derby. The "demos" have their roots on New York's Long Island, where fans got a thrill from accidental race car crashes. Now at Riverhead Raceway in Riverhead, N.Y., drivers and spectators relish the thrill and excitement of crashing cars on purpose.