NU Online News Service, Dec. 15, 2004, 4:17 p.m. EST

An Empire State trade group has elected its 2005 officers.[@@]

The Life Insurance Council of New York Inc., Albany, N.Y., has picked Raul Rivera to be chairman and Dennis Manning to be chairman-elect.

Rivera is chairman of National Benefit Life, an arm of Citigroup Inc., New York.

Manning is president of Guardian Life Insurance Company of America, New York.

In 2005, LICONY will represent 46 life insurance companies, 14 associate members and 15 professional firms.