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The Allan Block Insurance Agency in Tarrytown, NY was founded in 1959 by Allan M. Block. Through perseverance, long hours, and a dedication to providing his customers with knowledge and personalized service, Allan quickly grew his business and personal insurance agency within the county and beyond.

It was Allan’s commitment to excellence that set the standard for all of his employees, especially JoAnne Murray and Edward Schultz, who both joined the firm in the early 1970’s. After Allan’s passing in the 1980’s, and his wife’s in the 1990’s, JoAnne and Ed took the reins of running the agency. With JoAnne heading up the Personal Lines division and Ed running Commercial Lines, Allan Block Insurance continued to grow. After more than two decades of partnership, Ed retired in 2017 and JoAnne became president of the company, supported by Margaret Black as VP of Operations, Neil Bush as VP of Personal Lines, and Laura Murray-Faggella as VP of Commercial Lines.

Our company has gone through many changes over the years, but one thing remains the same. We continue to offer “Professional Service with the Personal Touch,” prioritizing customer service and advanced knowledge in order to serve our clients to the best of our abilities. We are licensed in 27 states, and represent many top carriers in the country. We continue to update our technology and policy offerings to stay ahead of the curve in a constantly changing market. We take the time to listen to your needs and concerns so we can put together insurance coverage that’s just right for you.

Allan Block Insurance is located in the Village of Tarrytown in Westchester County, which is a key business district of New York. Our management and employees alike are active members of the community, many of whom serve on non-profit boards and volunteer for local organizations. We believe it is our responsibility to bolster the success of this community that has given our agency the opportunity to thrive.

In our 60 years of operation we have been recognized for our knowledge in our field, as evidenced by the numerous awards that we have received over the years. Most recently, Allan Block Insurance was awarded Best of Westchester’s “Best Insurance Agency” in 2018, and 914INC’s “Best of Business Insurance” in 2019 and 2021. Company President JoAnne Murray was also honored as one of Insurance Business Magazine’s Elite Women in 2019.

Whether you’re an established high net worth business owner or a first-time homeowner just starting out, we are happy to work with you to find personalized coverage that meets your needs. We hope that our high quality of service will inspire you to become one of our many lifelong clients.

Agency Awards

914 Inc. Best of Business
Best Business Insurance 2019

Best of Westchester
Best Insurance Agency (Firm) 2018

Our People

JoAnne Murray

Owner and President

JoAnne started at Allan Block Insurance in 1976. She previously served as Co-Owner and President of Personal Lines for 20 years before taking over as full Owner and President of the company in 2017.

JoAnne is a former President of the Independent Insurance Agents of Westchester County. She also served on the Professional Insurance Agents council, and has received awards from both Big I and PIA for her commitment to the Independent Insurance Agents.

JoAnne has served on several insurance company councils throughout the years. She is active in many community and professional organizations, serving on boards for the Sleepy Hollow Tarrytown Chamber of Commerce, Tarrytown Music Hall, and Kendal on Hudson. She currently serves on the boards of the RSHM Life Center and the Rotary Club of the Tarrytowns. JoAnne serves as Treasurer and Past President of the Rotary Club of the Tarrytowns and co-chairs Rotary’s hugely successful Rubber Duck Derby each year. She also chairs the annual Tarrytown Halloween Parade committee.

In her personal life, JoAnne lives with her husband, Jim, in Tarrytown. They are avid baseball fans and have visited all the major league baseball parks in the US, with the exception of Miami (still on their bucket list). They have 3 children and 7 grandchildren.

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Laura Murray-Faggella

Vice President of Commercial Lines

Laura grew up in the insurance world, getting her official start in the industry in 2007. She took over as head of Allan Block Insurance’s Commercial Lines division in 2017.

Laura grew up in Suffern, and graduated from Manhattan College with a degree in Communications. As Vice President of Commercial Lines, Laura strives to help her clients understand how insurance can help protect them from risks and vulnerabilities that are inherent in the business world.

Laura is deeply invested in helping the community through her service on the boards of multiple non-profit organizations, including The Rotary Club of the Tarrytowns, Sleepy Hollow Tarrytown Chamber of Commerce, Rivertowns Chamber of Commerce, and Rivertown Runners. She is also Past President of the Rotary Club of the Tarrytowns, and a former board member of the Young Insurance Professionals of Professional Insurance Agents.

Outside of her professional and charitable work, Laura is an avid runner, participating in a variety of marathons and triathlons. She lives in Cortlandt Manor with her husband, Dan, their new baby, and their Golden Retriever, Nugget.

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Neil Bush

Vice President of Personal Lines

Neil has been with Allan Block Insurance since 1987. Neil grew up in Somers, NY and graduated from the University of Delaware with a BS in Economics. In his position as Vice President of Personal Lines, Neil focuses on bringing new business to the agency, working with new clients to ensure that their needs are met.

He is always on the lookout for new insurance product offerings that could benefit the agency’s customer base. Neil also manages sales and marketing for the Personal Lines Department, coordinating with the insurance carriers to strengthen and maintain those relationships.

Neil serves on the Board of Directors for the Independent Insurance Agents of Westchester County (Big I Westchester), was a member of Business Network International for 20 years, and has been involved with many insurance company agent advisory councils.

He is a Past President and current member of the Elmsford Rotary Club, and is a member of the Tarrytown Sleepy Hollow Chamber of Commerce. Outside of his professional work, Neil is also a former coach with TNT Little League Baseball and a Cub Scout Pack Leader. He is an avid golfer and likes to spend his free time with his family and friends.

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Margaret Black

Vice President of Operations

Margaret has been with Allan Block Insurance since 1983. She grew up in Eastview and graduated from the State University of New York at Albany with a degree in Communications. In her position as Vice President of Operations, Margaret focuses on keeping the agency at the forefront of technological innovations in the insurance industry.

In pursuance of that goal, she is the Treasurer of the Tri-State Epic User Group, past President of the Hudson Valley Users Group, past chair of the Applied Client Network Product Advisory Committee, past chair of the Applied Client Network Membership Benefits Committee and has served on the Applied Client Network LEAD committee along with the Travelers Personal Lines Agent Technology Council. In addition, she has led the agency through several pilot testing programs for national insurance carriers and oversaw being a beta agency for Applied Systems.

Margaret is also deeply committed to serving her community. She serves as a Director of the Community Food Pantry of Sleepy Hollow/Tarrytown, is Past President and current member of the Rotary Club of the Tarrytowns, serves the Christopher M Manno Scholarship Foundation and serves the Healthy Vine Trust non-profit. In her spare time, Margaret enjoys discovering new music, spending time with family and friends and traveling with her fiancé.

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