New York State's superintendent of insurance since April, Neil D. Levin, has been watching financial institutions from a number of vantage points for 16 years.

After completing law school at Hofstra University in 1981, he was a legislative aide to Sen. Alfonse M. D'Amato, R-N.Y., handling banking and securities issues. Later he was chief counsel to the Senate Banking Committee's securities subcommittee.

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