Issues: Hurricanes

'PROJECT HOPE' TO PROVIDE CRISIS COUNSELING IN AREAS HARDEST HIT BY HURRICANE SANDY

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced an $8.2 million grant from FEMA to provide a Crisis Counseling Assistance and Training Program called ‘Project Hope’ for New Yorkers in the hardest hit areas of Hurricane Sandy. The State Office of Mental Health (OMH) applied for the grant which will provide outreach, crisis counseling and educational services to individuals in New York City, Long Island and the Lower Hudson Valley. As the state continues to recover from the storm, the program will receive additional funding to expand.

November 20, 2012
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GOVERNOR CUOMO ANNOUNCES FEMA EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE FOR HOMEOWNERS

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that FEMA will issue Emergency Assistance for New Yorkers whose homes were affected by Hurricane Sandy. At the Governor’s request, FEMA will bring in contractors in order to perform basic repairs so that residents can return to their homes while more long term repairs are in progress. Only residents in the federally-declared declared counties are eligible to participate in this program. Homeowners in these localities who want to apply for assistance should contact their county or local officials to receive contractor support. Homeowners must be registered with FEMA, which they can do by calling 800-621-FEMA (3362).

November 14, 2012
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SMALL BUSINESS EMERGENCY LOAN FUND TO PROVIDE ASSISTANCE FOR BUSINESSES AFFECTED BY SANDY

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that the New York Bankers Association (NYBA) and the New York Business Development Corporation (NYBDC) have agreed to establish a $10 million small business emergency loan fund to provide immediate financial assistance for businesses impacted by Storm Sandy. Under the fund, businesses will be able to apply for loans of up to $25,000 immediately by going to www.esd.ny.gov or calling 1-855-NYS-SANDY.

November 14, 2012
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RITCHIE CALLS ON CENTRAL, NORTHERN NEW YORKERS TO HELP SUPERSTORM SANDY VICTIMS

Donations Being Collected at Oswego, Jefferson and St. Lawrence County Offices

State Senator Patty Ritchie is hosting a collection drive to help provide relief to the many people still suffering in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.

Two weeks after Superstorm Sandy, more than 100,000 customers are still without power.  In total, the storm caused more than $50 billion in damages in the New York region. 

November 14, 2012
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MARCELLINO TO HOLD PUBLIC HEARING ON LIPA’s STORM RESPONSE

 Senator Carl L. Marcellino, Chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Investigations and Government Operations will hold a public hearing to look at the Long Island Power Authority’s (LIPA) storm preparation and restoration polices, and to examine the industry standards, best practices and post-event analysis of the utility.

November 13, 2012
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FEMA Opens Storm Recovery Center In Westchester

The Federal Emergency Management Center (FEMA) has opened a multipurpose recovery center for individuals and businesses impacted by Hurricane Sandy at the Westchester County Center in White Plains.  The Center will operate from 8:00 am - 8:00 pm, seven days a week until further notice.

FEMA representatives will assist individuals, households and businesses apply for financial aid for losses and damages related to the storm.  In addition, staff from the Small Buiness Administration will be on hand to help businesses apply for low-interest loans for storm-related repairs.  In addition, representatives from Con Edison will be present to answer customer questions about outages and restorations.  A number of social service agencies will also help staff the center, providing residents with counseling and other recovery assistance.

November 9, 2012
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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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