Chris Christie’s Cabinet Commissioner Goes Mobile With Sandy Help [AUDIO]
If your house or property was damaged or destroyed by super-storm Sandy keep reading. You'll be glad you did.
Today and today only, from 9am-5pm the Department of Banking and Insurance (DOBI) will have acting Commissioner Ken Koylowski and high-level staff members available at locations in Middlesex, Monmouth, and Ocean counties to handle consumers' questions, take complaints, and assist them in filing insurance claims related to damages caused by the storm.
"We don't want people to have to worry about getting on the phone with the Banking and Insurance Department," explains Governor Chris Christie. "We're going to bring the Banking and Insurance Department to them so they can have their questions answered on-scene…..People, if they have concerns or problems or questions on their insurance side or on the banking side, the Commissioner and his high-level staff will be there to answer questions."
Christie says Kobylowski will be hopping from county to county to county. Michael Drewniak, the Governor's spokesman says DOBI officials will be in these counties for one day to begin with, but more days could be added.
"New Jersey residents have suffered tremendous damages to their homes, their automobiles and other property from Hurricane Sandy and now as they begin to rebuild, they have questions related to their insurance," says Kobylowski. "Setting up these mobile offices gives us the opportunity to take information and assistance directly to people in their communities and give them all the help we can."
The Governor calls this his 'mobile cabinet' initiative. If it goes as well as he expects it to, the program may be expanded to include other State departments.
DOBI will also send consumer representatives to each location. Staff will provide consumers with literature on such topics as property insurance, flood insurance and general information about filing insurance claims, as well as answer general questions and assistance. There will also be a representative from the Governor's Office at each site. In order to expedite matters, residents should bring their insurance policy and any claim information to the mobile office.
Christie says, "Our focus is on making this as easy as possible for people. We recognize it won't be easy which is why I say, 'easy as possible'…………This is not a government that sits back and waits for things to happen. This is a government that gets out there and makes things happen."
The locations are as follows:
Sayreville Senior Center
423 Main Street
Sayreville, NJ 08872
West Park Recreation Center
615 West Park Avenue
Oakhurst, NJ 07755
Berkeley Township Recreation Center
630 Route 9