Citizens throughout the state experienced extreme weather on Sunday, and many New Yorkers are still dealing with the aftermath of flooding, downed trees, power outages and other devastation. It is encouraged that those who felt the most destructive effects of Hurricane Irene to act quickly and take the appropriate steps to file insurance claims for damaged or lost property.
Here are some suggestions for filing an insurance claim for damaged or lost property:
• Contact your insurance provider and/or agent as soon as possible, as your policy might require that you make this notification within a certain time frame. Make sure you have your policy number and other relevant information ready for your company or agent.
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) announced today that federal disaster aid is now available for homeowners, renters and businesses in Nassau County.
Specifically, Nassau County residents are now eligible for the Individuals and Households Program, Crisis Counseling, Disaster Unemployment Assistance, USDA food coupons and distribution, USDA food commodities, Disaster Legal Services, the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, and Small Business Administration disaster loans.
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) today partnered with Supervisor Kate Murray in assisting residents with filing insurance claims for Hurricane Irene damage.
The program, sponsored by the New York State Insurance Department, came to the Merrick Road Town Park in the department’s mobile office van to give advice and assistance to residents who sustained damage to their property as a result of Hurricane Irene. The mobile van will continue to help residents until 8 P.M. tonight.
BROOKLYN — The Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation has announced that it has submitted a Request for Proposals (RFP) for an operator to construct, operate and maintain a seasonal indoor recreation structure on Pier 5.
The inclusion of such a facility was agreed to by the park’s board of directors on Aug. 2. The idea of such an addition was encouraged by several groups, area residents and officials, including state Sen. Daniel Squadron and Assemblywoman Joan Millman.
Earlier this summer, the State Department of Transportation closed the Hamilton Avenue Pedestrian Bridge, which links Red Hook and Carroll Gardens, for repairs. The DOT alerted residents, elected officials and community leaders only days before the closure.
According to Craig Hammerman, District Manager of Community Board 6, the short notice was only one aggravating aspect of the way the state handled the bridge closing. Hammerman said the community had long offered solutions to problems with the pedestrian bridge, and had received little if any response.
“We were completely caught off guard by this sudden news from your department,” he wrote in a letter to State DOT Commissioner Joan McDonald. “It is frustrating to think that the State of New York will be investing hundreds of thousands if not millions of scarce tax-payer dollars into a band-aid approach to improve the condition of this pedestrian bridge, while associated problems that have vexed this community for too long continue to go unaddressed.”
Issues include safety, the bridge has long been considered a "convenient way for perpetrators while in the commission of crimes to evade capture, according to Hammerman, and basic maintenance.
Hammerman’s letter, along with feedback from the community, prompted State Senator Daniel Squadron to host a meeting with the interested parties, from the DOT to community leaders including Maria Pagano of the Carroll Gardens Neighborhood Association.
At the meeting, the DOT agreed to work with the community on making sure people who use the bridge on a daily basis, including school children who attend the Brooklyn School for Collaborative Studies and the Brooklyn New School on Henry Street, are aware of safe detours.
"The Hamilton Ave Bridge construction raised legitimate concerns about safety -- for the community at large and for students as they travel to and from school," said Squadron.
A flyer is being created by the DOT that will be distributed to the local schools.
New York senator Kirsten Gillibrand knows how which applause line works with an LGBT audience.
During a forum on LGBT rights in New York, a member of the audience asked about presidential candidate Michele Bachmann's desire to reinstate "don't ask, don't tell" and amend the U.S. Constitution to ban same-sex marriage.
“I heard she wants to turn the clock back, bring back 'don’t ask, don’t tell,'” a voice can be heard asking in video of the event. “There’s a push among the Republican Party to have a national act against marriage equity. Is it a possibility?”
“No, they will fail,” was the U.S. senator's brusque response. Then Gillibrand gathered her papers in a stack and tapped them on the podium as if ending a newscast as the audience cheered loudly.
“What a great answer,” the moderator, state senator Daniel Squadron, can be heard saying over a microphone.
The forum was held on Tuesday and was titled “After 'I Do': What's News for LGBT New Yorkers?” Watch complete video of the event below, with Gillibrand taking the podium about 28 minutes into the first recording.
New York's Junior Senator, Kirsten Gillibrand, made an appearance at an LGBT symposium held in New York City on the future of marriage equality in New York State (video and summary here). An attendee asked her about the right-wing's attempts to walk back LGBT progress made of late. Specifically mentioned was Representative and Presidential candidate Michele Bachmann's promise to reinstate "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," a signature achievement for Gillibrand in her first term in the Senate.
The Senator's answer left no ambiguity on her perspective. It was concise, resolute, and the picture of "no nonsense." It was a mere four words in it's entirety:
“No. They will fail.”
As the applause and laughter dies down, my own state Senator, Daniel Squadron, himself a great ally on LGBT rights and host of the evening, said, "Let that be a lesson to us all on brevity and effectiveness."
NEW YORK — As the city looks past the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks, community members and officials say a future performing arts center is vital to the continued rebirth of the World Trade Center site and downtown area.
"Between now and the 10th anniversary, the focus will be on getting the memorial open and preparing for the anniversary, but as we get to this fall, everyone's going to say, 'What is the next step?' and 'How do you fully round out the site?'" said state Sen. Daniel Squadron, whose district includes lower Manhattan.
State Senator Jack Martins welcomed and congratulated Miss Teen Long Island Sabrina Mastrangelo at the Franklin Square-Elmont PAL Baseball All Star Tournament at Rath Park this past week. Martins, Supervisor Kate Murray and Town Clerk Mark Bonilla greeted the pageant winner at the beginning of the tournament that featured outstanding baseball players associated with the Nassau County Police Athletic League. For Martins, meeting Mastrangelo was a special honor as the teen won the pageant by basing her candidacy on an issue that the Senator has been championing since his election - cyberbullying. Mastrangelo got involved in the cause after seeing a cruel post online about one of her older classmates.
At the close of a town hall meeting on the political future of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community in the wake of same-sex marriage’s enactment in New York, Ross Levi, the executive director of the Empire State Pride Agenda (ESPA), the statewide gay lobby, threw cold water on any impulse to declare victory and shut down the movement.
“We can’t pop the champagne and say, ‘We’re done,’” Levi told the crowd of roughly 100 who turned out for the August 16 forum “After ‘I Do’: What’s Next for LGBT New Yorkers?” at the Borough of Manhattan Community College.
Levi was one of four speakers on a panel moderated by State Senator Daniel Squadron, a Democrat who represents much of Lower Manhattan and parts of Brooklyn. The forum was sponsored by Squadron and endorsed by roughly 20 state and federal elected officials from New York.
Newly married and looking for info on tax issues, travel and finances? Well then, one Brooklyn lawmaker has the website for you.
By McCarton Ackerman
If you missed state Sen. Daniel Squadron’s symposium on Tuesday on the remaining challenges for married LGBT New Yorkers, you’re in luck.
Squadron, D-Brooklyn, has launched a resource page for LGBT couples that addresses issues including social security, health benefits, tax returns, and interstate travel and relocation.
“New York took a historic step forward with marriage equality, but LGBT New Yorkers still face a number of challenges after saying, ‘I do,’" said Squadron in a statement. “LGBT couples must have the right tools in hand as they plan for their futures. And there are ongoing challenges to equality, dignity and recognition for all New Yorkers, including for transgender individuals and couples.”
State Senator Daniel Squadron, who represents Downtown Brooklyn and Lower Manhattan, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr., and Congressman Michael Grimm, whose district includes part of Brooklyn and all of Staten Island, talked with Inside City Hall’s Errol Louis about how residents in their areas dealt with the storm.
Smith Houses TA President Partnered with NYCHA, Electeds, Volunteers to Evacuate Nearly 90 Percent of Residents Ahead of Storm
NEW YORK – Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, and Council Member Margaret Chin joined New York City Housing Authority Chairman John Rhea, Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer and Councilwoman Rosie Mendez to honor Alfred E. Smith Houses Tenant Association President Aixa Torres, staff, and local volunteers for their work evacuating nearly 90 percent of the development’s residents ahead of Hurricane Irene -- estimated shortly after the storm to have been the most successful in the city.
An announcement of the Early College High School Initiative will be made on Wednesday, September 14, 2011, at 11 a.m. at Long Island University Brooklyn Campus, Kumble Theater for the Performing Arts (located on Flatbush Avenue Between DeKalb Avenue and Willoughby Street).
We’ve had hail the size of baseballs, an earthquake, and now Hurricane Irene. Maybe Mother Nature is trying to tell us something. Metaphors aside, each incident serves as an intense reminder that preparation is always the best prevention. Along those lines, we’ve heard debate for a number of years as to whether Long Island is prepared for a hurricane. I think this past weekend we demonstrated that we are.
"The days following a natural disaster can be confusing and stressful, but it is important for those who have suffered property damage to file an insurance claim as quickly as possible to help protect their financial future," Governor Cuomo said.
Benjamin Lawsky, Superintendent of the Department of Financial Services, who oversees the State Insurance Department, said, "We will do everything we can to help people who suffered damage from the storm recover and get their lives back on track as quickly as possible. The purpose of insurance is to help people rebuild and we will be working to see that process does as smoothly as possible."
Asks New Yorkers to take all necessary precautions to ensure safety during heavy storms
State Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) is encouraging all citizens to take the appropriate precautionary steps to protect their safety, as well as their families and homes.
Senator Oppenheimer advises that, “ Extreme storms present safety risks that can be reduced by taking simple steps to prepare for some of the storm impacts. It is better to anticipate power outages, strong winds, and flooding in advance. I urge everyone to take steps now.”