Issues: Hurricanes

A Community Driven Initiative To Guide Local Rebuilding Process After Storms

Governor Cuomo Announces Community Reconstruction Zones funded By Federal Supplemental Disaster Aid To Guide Local Rebuilding ProcessProgram to Fund Hard Hit Localities to Develop Comprehensive Rebuilding Plans from the Bottom Up

April 26, 2013

Over $800,000 In Federal Funds To Reimburse The Village Of Babylon For Superstorm Sandy Clean-Up Costs

The Village of Babylon in Suffolk County is receiving $832,604 in Federal Funds for the reimbursement of clean-up costs from Superstorm Sandy. During Sandy, flooding, heavy winds, strong tidal waves and rain caused widespread damage, and sidewalks and curbs were uplifted by trees uprooted by hurricane force winds. The Village had to rent equipment to help with the collection and removal of debris, which consisted of about 2,500 tons of construction and demolition debris as well as nearly 1,600 tons of vegetative debris. The clean-up effort was completed by the Village’s workforce for both types of debris.

April 22, 2013

Senator Phil Boyle Joins With Good Samaritan in Delivering Supplies To Victims Of Superstorm Sandy

Paul Rodriguez, a sophomore at St. Anthony's High School, has joined Senator Phil Boyle in his effort to provide the victims of Superstorm Sandy with badly needed supplies.  Paul collected donations from his Islip Terrace neighborhood and delivered them to Senator Boyle's office where a local drive continues through April 5th.

"I appreciate the tremendous support given by Paul Rodriguez and so many others who have generously donated to our effort," Senator Boyle said.   "Our goal is to provide as much help as we can to the people still suffering from the devastating effects of Sandy."

April 2, 2013

Sandy Aid Town Hall 3-27-13

Special thanks to everyone who attended my Sandy town hall last night including City Councilman Donovan Richards, Martha Taylor-Butler from Assemblywoman Michelle Titus' office and representatives from City Councilman Leroy Comrie's office and Senator James Sanders' office. It was a very productive meeting, which included presenations from the city about the recovery effort. I will continue to hold these meetings as the clean up process continues and try to help as many people as I can.

March 28, 2013

Senator Martins Attends Hofstra Lecture Series on the 'Brutal Fight to Get Sandy Aid'

Senator Jack M. Martins attended the Hofstra University Distinguished Lecture Series. Congressman Peter King was the keynote speaker. The subject was the "Brutal Fight to Get Sandy Aid" and dealt with the struggle following the Hurricane to get Congress to approve FEMA aid to rebuilt regions that were hard hit by the storm.

March 22, 2013

Hosting A Local Drive to Collect Supplies for Victims of Sandy

Dear Neighbor,

As your State Senator, I am pleased to join with charitable organizations committed to helping our neighbors in need.  One such group is Long Island Cares, a local food bank and one of our region's most comprehensive hunger action organizations.

This month, Long Island Cares and I are teaming up to host a local drive aimed at helping to bring much needed food and supplies to victims of Superstorm Sandy.  I hope that you will consider joining me in this effort.

If you would like to participate, the most needed items include:• Household Cleaning Supplies• Non-Perishable Foods• Personal Care Items• Baby Diapers• Paper Goods• Pet Food• New Blankets

March 19, 3:00 PM - April 5, 5:00 PM

Federal Reimbursement To The Village Of Brightwaters For Superstorm Sandy Costs

Over $100,000 in FEMA-Approved Funds To Brightwaters for Superstorm Sandy Clean-Up Costs

New York State has provided $118,954 to the Village of Brightwaters in Suffolk County for reimbursement of costs incurred by the Town following the impact of Superstorm Sandy. The Village of Brightwaters experienced severely damaged trees and other vegetation, leaving approximately 1,821 cubic yards of debris on village roads and right of ways. The Village responded by combining village personnel, equipment and some outside contracts. Contracts were used for debris clean-up, tree removal, garbage and landscape removal and movement of debris to disposal location.

March 18, 2013

Free Legal Services Available In Brentwood

Senator Phil Boyle is sponsoring a program providing free civil legal services to the Brentwood neighborhood.  Lawyers onboard the Mobile Legal Help Center will provide free legal assistance to victims of SuperStorm Sandy on a range of issues including:

FEMA Claims
Insurance Claims
Consumer Matters
Public Benefits
Family Law Matters
Employment Issues
Other Storm Related Legal Issues


March 15, 10:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Senate Passes 2013-14 Budget Resolution

The New York State Senate today approved a 2013-14 budget resolution, proposed by the Senate Majority Coalition, that focuses on helping businesses create new jobs, investing additional funds in education and transportation, providing mandate relief to local governments, and restoring proposed cuts to women’s health programs as well programs for the developmentally disabled.  The budget also includes a proposal for a permanent two-percent state spending cap.

March 11, 2013

Senator Jeff Klein speaks on the Senate Budget Resolution in Senate Session - March 11, 2013 .

Senator Klein discusses the one house budget resolution on the floor of the Senate on Monday, March 11, 2013. This budget resolution was crafted by a bipartisan coalition.

March 11, 2013

Department Of Financial Services Program For Banks To Meet One-On-One With Homeowners Seeking Sandy Insurance Settlement Money

Five of New York’s largest banks and mortgage servicers will have representatives available to offer one-on-one help to homeowners seeking the release of Superstorm Sandy insurance settlement funds at the Department of Financial Services’ Disaster Assistance Centers from Monday, March 4 through Saturday, March 9.The program is designed to help homeowners complete steps needed to have their banks endorse their insurance settlement checks, which are often written jointly to homeowners and their banks or servicers. Bank representatives will also be able to help people who are struggling to make their mortgage payments.

March 1, 2013

IDC Press Conference: Updating New York State's Risk Assessment and Management Strategy

Responding to perennial increases in hurricane and disaster related spending, the Independent Democratic Conference will introduce legislation recommending the creation of a new statewide office charged with improving New York's risk management and cost avoidance practices. The new office, which will be funded exclusively by annual cost savings generated by it's operations, will use the same modern-day risk assessment techniques that currently save states such as Florida and Texas tens of millions of dollars each year. The IDC estimates that by utilizing modern-day risk management practices, New York State could avoid up to $150 million in spending over the next three years.

February 28, 2013

Department of Financial Services to Speek Resolution of Insurance Claims in Areas Affected by SANDY

The NYS Department of Financial Services (DFS) is setting new rules to speed the processing of insurance claims in areas affected by Storm Sandy. The new regulation reduces the amount of time an insurer can delay its decision on a claim, and requires insurers to report to the Department on how many claims it is delaying and the reasons for the delays.

February 27, 2013

FEMA Disaster Assistance Deadline Extended Through March 29, 2013

Residents of thirteen declared counties, including Suffolk County, may apply for FEMA disaster assistance through March 29, 2013.

The deadline for residents living in one of the thirteen disaster-declared counties to register for FEMA assistance has been extended to March 29, 2013. The previous deadline was February 27, 2013. Federal disaster assistance for individuals and families can include money for rental assistance, essential home repairs, personal property losses and other serious disaster-related needs not covered by insurance. Residents in the following counties are eligible for assistance: Bronx, Kings, Nassau, New York, Richmond, Rockland, Westchester, Suffolk, Queens, Orange, Putnam, Sullivan and Ulster.

February 26, 2013

Department Of Financial Services To Speed Resolution Of Insurance Claims In Areas Affected By Sandy

The Department of Financial Services (DFS) is setting new rules to speed the processing of insurance claims in areas affected by Storm Sandy. The new regulation reduces the amount of time an insurer can delay its decision on a claim, and requires insurers to report to the Department on how many claims it is delaying and the reasons for the delays. “While many claims in areas affected by Storm Sandy have been closed, the Department of Financial Services is still getting many complaints from New Yorkers whose claims have not been resolved,” Governor Cuomo said. “These new regulations will push insurers to move those claims as quickly as possible so people can repair their homes and get back to their lives.”

February 26, 2013

Federal Disaster Relief Center Moving From Lindenhurst to Copiague

The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Superstorm Sandy Disaster Relief Center that was in the Lindenhurst Memorial Library has closed and will reopen on Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at:New Location:The Copiague Memorial Public Library50 Deauville Blvd., Copaigue, NY(631) 691-1111Hours:9:00AM to 6:00PM Monday through Friday9:00AM to 3:00PM SaturdayDirections:From Lindenhurst, take Montauk Highway heading west; turn right onto Deauville Blvd.  The library is located east of Broadway (Route 110) and west of Great neck Road. 

February 26, 2013

Senator Klein Announces Initiatives Responding to Hurricane Sandy Task Force Recommendations

PELHAM, NY - State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) joined local elected officials, law enforcement officials, community leaders and task force participants today to announce initiatives designed to respond to issues outlined by the Pelham Task Force on Hurricane Sandy last month. Village of Pelham Mayor Ed Hotchkiss, Village of Pelham Manor Mayor Jim O’Connor and Town of Pelham Supervisor Pete DiPaola, in addition to several of the Task Force participants stood with Senator Klein as they unveiled legislative recommendations and community initiatives designed to address issues with Con Edison facing residents following Hurricane Sandy.

February 25, 2013

Insurance Assistance Program For Residents With Sandy-Related Insurance Issues

On Friday, February 22, 2013 from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM at the Lindenhurst Public Library (1 Lee Avenue, Lindenhurst), Senator Boyle is co-sponsoring a program with the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) to help residents needing assistance with Sandy-related insurance issues.The DFS specialists will be available to meet with residents on an individual basis inside the Department’s Mobile Command Center, a 36-foot long vehicle which will be on site at the Lindenhurst Public Library Parking Lot, 1 Lee Avenue, in Lindenhurst, NY 11757.Representatives of DFS will be available to help homeowners, renters and business owners with insurance-related issues stemming from damage caused by Storm Sandy.

February 22, 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Legislation Proposed to Protect New Yorkers from Gas Shortages in Natural Disasters

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has proposed new legislation to protect New Yorkers from gas shortages during natural disasters. This legislation would create the strongest back-up power law in the nation for critical gas stations, preventing long lines and station closures in the event of power outages.

The proposal builds on the initial recommendations from the NYS Ready Commission that Governor Cuomo empaneled late last year, and it was developed with input from local government officials and private-sector service station owners. It will be submitted to the Legislature in the 30-day budget amendments.

Under the Governor’s proposal:

February 22, 2013


"New York State needs a 21st century approach when it comes to modernizing our energy delivery system.  Today, the Governor made it clear that he supports ensuring that our transportation system is functioning when a natural disaster strikes and residents lose power.  I wholeheartedly support Governor Cuomo's call to require certain gas stations to be pre-wired and have the ability to produce backup power on site.

February 20, 2013
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