Issues: Hurricanes

STUDENT LOAN RELIEF FOR NEW YORKERS AFFECTED BY HURRICANE SANDY

Student Loan Relief:  New Yorkers in Disaster Counties Eligible for 90 Day Grace Period to Pay LoansGovernor Andrew M. Cuomo directed New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) to grant temporary student loan relief to New Yorkers who were affected by Hurricane Sandy. If requested, New Yorkers in Bronx, Kings, Nassau, New York, Queens, Richmond, Rockland Suffolk and Westchester counties are now eligible to receive a 90 day grace period, from October 27th, 2012 to January 25th, 2013, in order to repay their student loan payments. All members of the military who have been called to assist in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy will also be eligible.

November 9, 2012
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MAJOR STATE BANKS AGREE TO WAIVE CONSUMER FEES IN AFTERMATH OF SANDY

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that several major state-chartered banks have agreed to waive a number of fees and penalties in response to the impact on consumers by Storm Sandy. State-chartered banks that will drop the fees include M&T Bank, Apple Savings, Dime Savings Bank of Williamsburgh, Emigrant Savings Bank and New York Community Bank.

November 9, 2012
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Information For Those Wanting to Help In Hurricane Sandy Recovery Efforts

Organizations like the American Red Cross, Salvation Army, Island Harvest and Long Island Cares, may need volunteers to assist with manning shelters, food and clothing distribution, and emergency assistance as the effects of the storm linger.The Long Island Volunteer Center, a New York State-designated Regional Volunteer Center, is coordinating local efforts as well. Those interested in volunteering should visit the Center’s website at www.longislandvolunteercenter.org and fill out a registration form. The Center will then assess where the need is most dire and make the appropriate assignment.

November 8, 2012
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Emergency Response and Relief Information

Emergency Response and Relief Information
 
Hurricane Sandy has obviously taken a devastating toll on the Empire State, impacting literally millions of New Yorkers.  
 
But New Yorkers have a long and proud history of pulling together during times of crisis, and a tremendous emergency response and relief effort is now underway in all impacted communities.   
 

November 8, 2012
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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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