Issues: Hurricanes

Important Information about Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP)

The USDA has approved New York State's proposal on a Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP) initiative in New York City's most devastated areas (please see the below for specific information). The initiative has a limited duration of seven days and New York City Human Resources Administration began the application process on December 12, and will end on December 18, 2012.

What is D-SNAP?

December 13, 2012
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From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins

Then the Lights Came Back On

It was just a few short weeks ago that Superstorm Sandy was causing us nothing but panic and grief. It was one problem right after another making those few days feel like an eternity, but I think we can agree that it gave us new appreciation for simple pleasures like brewing a cup of coffee or taking a hot shower. As often happens in times of sacrifice, we grew in solidarity with our neighbors, pulling through with a sense that we were “all in this together.”

December 13, 2012
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HOPE NOW to Host Free Event for Homeowners in New York Affected by Super Storm Sandy

Over 15 mortgage lenders and 8 insurance companies will be coming to meet with their customers who have been impacted by Sandy this Saturday, December 15. This one-time event is an ideal opportunity for people who are dealing with  double-endorsed insurance payments; insurance payments going directly to the banks;  facing trouble making their mortgage payments because of loss or work and expenses -- some banks are able to lower or stop mortgage payments for up to a year! There will be representatives from the NYS Attorney General, NYS Dept. of Financial Services, FEMA and HUD –approved housing counselors there too.

 

December 15, 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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SENATOR CARLUCCI APPOINTED TO BIPARTISAN SENATE TASK FORCE ON HURRICANE SANDY RECOVERY

Senator David Carlucci (D-Rockland/Orange) was recently appointed to the Bipartisan Senate Task Force on Hurricane Sandy Recovery, a newly established panel of both Democrats and Republicans from New York’s hardest-hit areas.  Senator Carlucci will be among a handful of legislators that will play a critical role in the rebuilding and planning of New York in the weeks and months ahead.

Each task force member is uniquely qualified to pinpoint those neighborhoods and businesses that are most in need of storm recovery assistance. As federal and state recovery dollars begin to materialize, Senator Carlucci will play a pivotal role in developing short and long-term plans that will help Hudson Valley communities get back on their feet. 

December 12, 2012
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ADDABBO NAMED TO BIPARTISAN SENATE TASK FORCE TO FACILITATE NEW YORKERS’ RECOVERY FROM SANDY

Initial Rockaway News Conference also Featured Senate Leaders from Hard-Hit Districts

 

 

December 11, 2012
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Senator Martins Appointed to Senate Bi-Partisan Task Force on Hurricane Sandy Recovery

Senator Jack M. Martins was among 10 Senators appointed to the New York State Senate Bi-Partisan Task Force on Hurricane Sandy Recovery. The task force was announced during a press conference held on December 10 at a warming center in Rockaway Beach after the Senators toured a neighborhood ravaged by the hurricane, which hit the region late October.

December 11, 2012
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FEMA DISASTER ASSISTANCE DEADLINE EXTENDED

GOVERNOR CUOMO ANNOUNCES FEMA DISASTER ASSISTANCE DEADLINE EXTENDED Residents of thirteen declared counties may apply for FEMA disaster assistance through January 28, 2013Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that the deadline for residents living in one of the thirteen disaster-declared counties to register for FEMA assistance has been extended to January 28, 2013.  The previous deadline was December 31, 2012.

December 11, 2012
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FEMA Application Deadline Extended

NEW YORK – The deadline for Hurricane Sandy survivors in 13 designated New York counties to register for Federal Emergency Management Agency disaster assistance has been extended to January 28, 2013.The extension agreed upon by the state and FEMA is for survivors living in disaster-designated individual assistance counties: Bronx, Kings, Nassau, New York, Orange, Putnam, Queens, Richmond, Rockland,  Suffolk, Sullivan, Ulster, Westchester.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.Individuals can register online

December 11, 2012
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OSWEGO COUNTY STUDENTS JOIN CENTRAL, NORTHERN NEW YORKERS TO HELP HURRICANE SANDY VICTIMS

Items Collected Through Sen. Ritchie’s Donation Drive

 Fill Van Bound for Hard-Hit Long Island

Students at Michael A. Maroun Elementary School in Phoenix helped to fill a van Monday morning with items collected for victims of Hurricane Sandy; adding to the donations made throughout the past month by Central and Northern New Yorkers taking part in State Senator Patty Ritchie’s drive to help those affected by the storm.

Lisa Balles’ Pre-K class filled more than 25 boxes with canned food, toiletries, blankets and other necessities to be delivered to people on Long Island who are still recovering from October’s devastating storm.

December 10, 2012
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Bipartisan Task Force for Hurricane Sandy Recovery

 

In Rockaways, New York State Senators Announce Bipartisan Task Force for Hurricane Sandy RecoverySenator Malcolm Smith and Senator Andrew Lanza will Co-Chair

December 10, 2012
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SENATOR CARLUCCI, PASCACK VALLEY LEARNING CENTER PRESENT CHECK TO AMERICAN RED CROSS FOR SANDY RELIEF

 

Senator David Carlucci (D-Rockland/Orange) today visited Pascack Valley Learning Center in Airmont to join with students who helped raise funds for the victims of Hurricane Sandy.  He was joined by Mary Young, CEO of the American Red Cross, Metro North, Principal JoAnne Fratello and over 100 students who gathered in the school auditorium to deliver a check to the American Red Cross.

December 10, 2012
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GOVERNOR CUOMO WARNS NEW YORKERS AGAINST HOME REPAIR SCAMS IN WAKE OF SANDY

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today warned New Yorkers to protect themselves from home repair scam artists, who will try to take advantage of unsuspecting homeowners who suffered property damage from Storm Sandy.“Most people and businesses will be hard at work rebuilding, but sadly some dishonest people will try to take advantage of others misfortune to make a quick dishonest buck,” said Governor Cuomo. “You don’t want to add being cheated to the damage you have already suffered from the storm. You can protect yourself by being on guard and taking simple precautions.”

December 3, 2012
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GOVERNOR CUOMO ANNOUNCES NEW ACTIONS TO EXPEDITE SANDY-RELATED INSURANCE CLAIMS AND LAUNCHES ONLINE REPORT CARD SYSTEM FOR INSURANCE COMPANIES

DFS to Publish Online Report Cards Detailing Each Insurance Company’s Performance New Rules Will Significantly Cut Time Allowed to Investigate Claims, Put More Adjusters in the Field to Help HomeownersAfter meeting with top insurance company executives this week, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced a series of measures to expedite the payment of claims for New Yorkers affected by Hurricane Sandy and launched a new online report card system, www.NYInsure.ny.gov, to hold insurance companies accountable.

November 29, 2012
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Important Information From FEMA Regarding Changes In The Flood Insurance Program

Please see the attachment below for important information from FEMA regarding changes in the Flood Insurance Program and preliminary considerations for rebuilding after Hurricane Sandy. 

November 28, 2012
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Storm Recovery Update and Important Information From Town of Babylon Supervisor

STORM RECOVERY UPDATEPosted:  November 26, 2012 IMPORTANT ELECTRICAL SAFETY NOTICE - PLEASE TAKE THIS VERY SERIOUSLYJust because power has been restored and you have not experienced immediate electrical problems, your system may still be damaged creating an extremely serious fire hazard. If your home has been affected by flooding, or if you’re uncertain whether your home has been affected by flooding, you should take immediate steps to have your electrical system checked by a licensed electrical contractor as soon as possible. Make any necessary repairs suggested by the contractor.

November 27, 2012
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$27 MILLION FEDERAL GRANT TO PUT MORE THAN 5,000 UNEMPLOYED NEW YORKERS TO WORK ON HURRICANE SANDY CLEAN UP

Funds Will Help Localities Hire Young People and the Unemployed to Work on Hurricane Sandy Clean-Up EffortsGovernor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that the state has secured a $27 million federal grant that will help put more than 5,000 unemployed New Yorkers to work helping clean-up communities still recovering from Hurricane Sandy.

November 26, 2012
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DEPARTMENT OF FINANCIAL SERVICES OFFERING INSURANCE ASSISTANCE AT FOUR LONG ISLAND LOCATIONS

Department Representatives Available to Answer Insurance Questions at Sites in Nassau and Suffolk CountiesStorm Hotline Also Being Staffed to Help Storm Sandy VictimsBenjamin M. Lawsky, Superintendent of Financial Services, announcedrepresentatives of the Department of Financial Services will be at fourlocations on Long Island to offer help to homeowners, renters and businessowners with insurance-related issues stemming from damage caused by StormSandy.The Department's representatives will be available to meet with residentsinside the agency's Mobile Command Center, which will be stationed at theselocations:Nassau County

November 26, 2012
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Delivering supplies to Hurricane Sandy victims.

Senator Gianaris with father Neltarios and volunteers from St Demetrios church in Astoria, delivered supplies to Hurricane Sandy victims, showing the importance and need of such initiatives.

November 21, 2012
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