Issues: Hurricanes

GOVERNOR CUOMO ANNOUNCES EXTENSIONS FOR STATE PERMITS, LICENSE RENEWALS AND PAYMENTS FOR BUSINESSES IMPACTED BY HURRICANE SANDY

For Immediate Release: November 7, 2012

Extensions by State Liquor Authority and Department of Environmental Conservation Help Businesses Meet Deadlines

November 7, 2012
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GOVERNOR CUOMO CHANGES INSURANCE RULES SO NEW YORKERS CAN QUICKLY DOCUMENT DAMAGE AND DISCARD DANGEROUS DEBRIS WITHOUT AFFECTING INSURANCE CLAIMS

For Immediate Release: November 5, 2012 Asks Local Governments to Move Quickly to Remove Debris before Second Storm Hits Region on WednesdayImposes 30-Day Moratorium on Insurance Companies Cancelling Policies

November 7, 2012
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GOVERNOR CUOMO SIGNED EXECUTIVE ORDER MANDATING THE REMOVAL OF DEBRIS CAUSING PUBLIC NUISANCES IN REGIONS AFFECTED BY HURRICANE SANDY

For Immediate Release: November 6, 2012 Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed an Executive Order that declared certain conditions caused by Hurricane Sandy to be public nuisances that pose a public health hazard and ordered the relevant local officials to remove the debris.

November 7, 2012
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EXTENSIONS FOR HOUSEHOLDS TO RECERTIFY FOR SNAP BENEFITS AFTER HURRICANE SANDY

For Immediate Release: November 6, 2012

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that New York State has received approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to extend certification periods for households that are receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, formerly known as Food Stamps, so that these families do not lose their benefits due to Hurricane Sandy.

November 7, 2012
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Verizon Wireline Employees Continue Round-the-Clock Progress in Restoring Voice, Data, Internet and TV Services in Northeast; Keeping Watchful Eye on Impending Nor’easter

BASKING RIDGE, N.J. – Verizon wireline employees continue to reconnect consumers, businesses and government clients in parts of the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast, while challenges remain in New Jersey and New York due to extended commercial power outages and heavy damage to company facilities. In addition, the company is preparing for a nor’easter that may begin affecting the Northeast on Wednesday (Nov. 7). 

November 7, 2012
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MAJOR STATE BANKS AND MORTGAGE SERVICERS OFFERING RELIEF FOR HOME MORTGAGE BORROWERS IN AFTERMATH OF SANDY

For Immediate Release: November 7, 2012

Relief includes no foreclosures or late fees for 90 daysGovernor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that several major state-chartered banks and mortgage servicers have agreed to offer relief for home mortgage borrowers in the areas affected by Storm Sandy, including, in many cases, no foreclosures and no late fees for 90 days.

November 7, 2012
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Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Announces Temporary Housing Rental Assistance Increase in New York and New Jersey

U.S. Department of Homeland SecurityFederal Emergency Management AgencyIntergovernmental Affairs Division Intergovernmental Affairs AdvisoryNovember 7, 2012 WASHINGTON, D.C. - As part of ongoing efforts to ensure families and individuals impacted by Hurricane Sandy get the support they need, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today that the agency is increasing the amount of rental assistance that it may provide eligible disaster survivors in New York and New Jersey.  The rental amount, based on existing HUD Fair Market Rates (FMR) for fiscal 2013, is being increased by an additional 25 percent.   

November 7, 2012
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STEPPING UP TO PROVIDE SANDY RELIEF

 

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column

Just over a week ago, people across the country waited and watched for Superstorm Sandy to make landfall. Now, left in this storm’s path is devastation unlike anything we have ever seen before. Across our state, millions of New Yorkers are living without the necessities, trying to rebuild homes that were destroyed and businesses that now sit in shambles.

For the east coast, there’s a long road to recovery ahead. Here in the Empire State, it’s tradition to band together in times of crisis. Although we are hundreds of miles away from the disaster area, there are still ways we can pitch in and help our fellow New Yorkers get back on their feet.

If you’re looking to help, here are some of the best ways to do so:

November 5, 2012
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HURRICANE SANDY UPDATE: GAS PRICES

In the days following the storm, my offices have been inundated with calls and complaints regarding local gas prices. While long lines at the pump are unavoidable during this time of recovery, I wanted to remind residents that the Attorney General’s Office is conducting an investigation into gas price gouging after receiving hundreds of similar complaints.

In addition, the Attorney General also issued tips on how to avoid scams related to home repair, clean up services and tree removal:

November 5, 2012
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Sandy Update: Key Insurance Information Available

In moving forward after any crisis, clear and accurate information can be one of your most important assets.   And as New Yorkers continue to recover from the devastating impact of Hurricane Sandy, the State Department of Financial Services (DFS) is providing important information for those who have sustained damage caused by the storm.  The Department has set up a consumer helpline to answer questions and provide assistance, and anyone seeking information can call 800-339-1759 between 8 am and 8 pm on weekdays and 9 am to 4 pm on weekends.   According to DFS, some basic points to remember include the following:

November 5, 2012
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November 5, 2012
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GALLIVAN ANNOUNCES WAYS WESTERN NEW YORKERS CAN ASSIST DOWNSTATE NEIGHBORS IMPACTED BY SUPERSTORM SANDY

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I - 59th District) today announced several ways that Western New Yorkers, and all New Yorkers, can help the massive relief effort underway in the New York City Metro Area in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy that ravaged the Eastern Seaboard last week.

Gallivan urged New Yorkers to utilize The American Red Cross and Catholic Charities, or other trusted charitable organizations who have strong track records of efficiently and effectively distributing relief aid in disaster situations.

November 5, 2012
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New Yorkers Can Now Register for Federal Disaster Assistance

New Yorkers affected by Hurricane Sandy can now call or go online to register for disaster assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

November 5, 2012
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November 5, 2012
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Senator Carlucci Introduces Legislation that Requires Electric Generators at Gas Stations

Measure Would Alleviate Gas Shortage Crises During Natural Disaster Events Like Hurricane Sady

Legislation Brings New York up to Date with other States; Provides Financial Incentives, Ensures Accountability

Senator Carlucci: “Common sense measure that will get gas to commuters faster and break down barriers getting power up and running.”

November 4, 2012
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IMPORTANT RESOURCES & CONTACTS:

Hurricane Sandy Helpline for New York State Residents - 1-888-769-7243 / 1-518-485-1159

Hurricane Sandy Hotline Contacts and Numbers - http://www.dhses.ny.gov/oem/event/sandy/contact.cfm

DisasterAssistance.gov

Contact/Locate Loved Ones - http://www.redcross.org/find-help/contact-family/register-safe-listing

New York City Office of Emergency Management - http://www.nyc.gov/html/oem/html/home/home.shtml

Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) - http://www.mta.info/

Google Crisis Map - http://www.google.org/crisismap/2012-sandy

Power Outage Information - http://www.governor.ny.gov/poweroutageinfo

Red Cross Shelter Locations - http://app.redcross.org/nss-app/

November 4, 2012
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Hurricane Disaster Relief: FAQs and Important Contact Information

Please refer to the following information for answers to frequently asked questions and important contact telephone numbers and links.

Frequently Asked Questions 

Q. A resident is running out of food and water; what can he/she do?A. Call 311 or 211 for food and water, or seek a member of the Police or Fire Department, a member of the National Guard, or go to a shelter for supplies.

Q. When will power be restored?A. LIPA is reviewing damage, there is no definitive way to know how long. Check the following link for outages: http://www.lipower.org/stormcenter/outagemap.html

Q. When will the LIRR be up and running?A. LIRR service has been partially restored and is free for users through Friday 11/1/12. For more information http://www.mta.info/lirr/

November 2, 2012
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