State Farm insurance commercial angers Sandy victims who claim company dropped them

Many State Farm customers who lived near the shore say there were dropped by the insurer in the months and year after Sandy. (6/30/14)

LINDENHURST - A television commercial for State Farm insurance that shows agents helping hurricane victims is proving to be irksome for some Long Islanders.

Some Lindenhurst residents say State Farm dropped their homeowner's insurance policies after Superstorm Sandy damaged their homes in 2012.

The ad running on national TV shows various State Farm agents helping customers after storms. "When you need us most, we're there," the commercial says.

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Resident Monica Worysz-James admits that State Farm paid her $10,000 for Sandy-related repairs after the 2012 storm nearly destroyed her home. However, she says the company canceled her homeowner's insurance soon after, even though she'd been a customer for 20 years.

Neighbor Margaret Mosher was also dropped by State Farm. She wants the commercial pulled from the air, saying it's "false advertising." Mosher and Worysz-James say they now have new insurance policies for twice the price.

State Farm told News 12 in a statement that not renewing policies in coastal communities was not a direct result of Superstorm Sandy.

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