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How Does Marijuana Affect Your Driving?

January 9th, 2018

Recreational marijuana is legal in 8 states, including Massachusetts and Maine in the Northeast. Medical marijuana is legal now in New York State. But oddly enough, it is still illegal under federal law, though the feds have determined that a state’s legal medical marijuana is not a priority. (Though this may be changing with our…Read More

How Do You Know When to Shovel the Snow Off the Roof?

January 2nd, 2018

Everyone here in the greater Utica area remembers the unbelievable snowstorm of March 2017. It seemed to never stop snowing that day. That heavy snowfall got us thinking about our homes here in the Mohawk Valley and the sometimes tremendous accumulation of snow on our roofs. When should we shovel them off? How much does…Read More

SZW, the Utica MHA, and Charles Dickens Team Up to Deliver Christmas Cheer

December 19th, 2017

Our Casual Day Project this year culminated in a very successful holiday for three Utica families, one of which was quite unexpected. Here’s how it worked: everyone in the agency contributes $5 per month for the privilege of wearing jeans on Fridays. That includes Steve and Gary! At the end of the year, we buy…Read More

Quick Summary of NYS Paid Family Leave

December 11th, 2017

This coverage will automatically be added to your NYS Disability policy per NY statute effective 1/1/18. Basically it provides paid leave & holds their position open for employees who: take a leave of absence to take care of an ill family member, take a leave of absence related to child care- new baby, foster, or…Read More

Employer Responsibilities for the NYS Paid Family Leave Act

December 5th, 2017

Effective January 1, 2018, employers will be required to implement the New York State Paid Family Leave (PFL) program. It’s important that all employers understand their role in covering their employees, so we’ve put together a quick list of employer responsibilities. If you have any questions about the new law we urge you to call…Read More

A Red Ribbon Reminder for Thanksgiving

November 21st, 2017

We ran across a great idea the other day that reminds us to be safe drivers during this holiday season. It’s the Tie One On For Safety initiative by Mothers Against Drunk Driving. The idea is to use a red ribbon to remind everyone to always designate a non-drinking driver when out with friends and…Read More

I Just Had a Car Accident, What Now?

November 14th, 2017

Anyone who has experienced the shock of a car accident knows that immediately afterward, it’s tough to think straight. Your emotions run high and you or someone else involved might be injured. Your day’s routine is completely thrown off as you get a handle on the situation. So here are some tips on what you…Read More

If Aging Changes You, Should You Change Your Driving?

November 7th, 2017

Okay, so you’re old enough to enjoy the benefits of Medicare. That doesn’t mean you can’t continue to experience the freedom of owning a car. But as you age, physical changes will occur that can affect your driving. What should you do to compensate? How can you make changes that will keep you safe so…Read More

Let’s BOP Your Business Insurance

October 31st, 2017

Gary Scalzo, Steve Zogby and our Trusted Choice™ agency have specialized in business insurance in the Utica area for over 30 years. And last year we added Lisa Marchitelli and Denise Conti to our staff as Commercial Lines Account Managers, so we have the experience and expertise that businesses and non-profits appreciate when it comes…Read More

Halloween’s Ghostly Irish History

October 24th, 2017

Halloween is coming up so we thought, along with some tips on keeping the kids safe, we’d let you in on a little ghostly history. And surprisingly enough to us, it turns out that St. Patrick’s Day isn’t the only holiday with Irish roots. First off, the name Halloween comes from All Hallows’ Eve, the…Read More

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