Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced that the state will provide nearly $4 million in grant funding to 29 police departments, district attorneys’ offices and other agencies to combat motor vehicle theft and insurance fraud in New York State. The Albany Police Department, Albany County and Westchester County district attorney's offices are getting just over $400,000 combined.
Auto insurance rates in Massachusetts are climbing higher. Drivers are starting to see their premiums go up four years after rates dropped when the state partially de-regulated the auto insurance business. WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.
Many of the largest auto insurance companies doing business in Massachusetts have raised rates in each of the last two years. The insurers are faced with rising costs for claims from car crashes, thefts and injuries, according to James Harrington, of the Massachusetts Insurance Federation.