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Ulster sheriff's call to arms could lead to higher insurance rates

Dec 23, 2015 12:03 am
Patricia Doxsey reports in The Daily Freeman that the call to arms from Ulster County Sheriff Paul Van Blarcum’s could mean higher insurance rates for the county. Ulster County Insurance Officer Dorraine Whitney sent an email Dec. 7 -- four days after Blarcum's original Facebook post urging residents to carry their guns in public -- to administration officials warning that the county’s property and liability insurer had concerns about employees bringing their guns to work. The email recommended creating a policy banning weapons from Ulster County workplaces. “We need to move on this quickly to avoid potential premium increases in the county’s policy,” which she said renews on Feb. 1. Ulster County Legislator Ken Ronk disagrees, saying, banning employees from bringing guns to Ulster County job sites, “doesn’t make county residents any safer and so far nobody’s brought any proof to me that NYMIR is going to raise its rates and if they are going to raise our rates, they’re not the only game in town.” Read the full story in The Daily Freeman.