Issues: National Disasters

May 29, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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Fire Island To Get Federal Funding For Sandy Recovery

National sites on LI to get federal funding for Sandy recoveryBy ZACHARY R. DOWDY zachary.dowdy@newsday.comFire Island, the Sagamore Hill National Historic Site and the Long Island National Wildlife Refuge Complex are slated to receive federal funding to help with their recovery from damages inflicted by superstorm Sandy, officials said Tuesday.Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced in a news release that officials are freeing up $475.25 million in relief funding for 234 projects that will rebuild structures and institutions damaged by the storm that ravaged the Eastern Seaboard in October.

May 8, 2013
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FEMA extends Transitional Sheltering Assistance program in New York

 NEW YORK – The Federal Emergency Management Agency, at the request of the State of New York, has approved a 28-day extension to the Transitional Sheltering Assistance (TSA) program, which allows eligible survivors from Hurricane Sandy who cannot return to their homes to stay in participating hotels. The TSA checkout date, which previously had been extended to May 1, has been extended again to May 29. FEMA will be calling applicants eligible for the new extension to notify them of the checkout date. 

April 25, 2013
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FEMA extends Transitional Sheltering Assistance program in New York

 NEW YORK – The Federal Emergency Management Agency, at the request of the State of New York, has approved a 17-day extension to the Transitional Sheltering Assistance (TSA) program, which allows eligible survivors from Hurricane Sandy who cannot return to their homes to stay in participating hotels. The new checkout date for those in the TSA program is May 1. FEMA is calling applicants eligible for the extension to notify them of the new checkout date. The temporary Transitional Sheltering Assistance program allows eligible Hurricane Sandy survivors whose houses have been severely damaged or destroyed to stay in a hotel for a limited time. The cost of the room is paid directly to the hotel by FEMA. 

April 15, 2013
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FEMA DEADLINE APRIL 13

New York survivors have until April 13 to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and return their applications for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration.

April 9, 2013
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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
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CUOMO ADMINISTRATION SETTLES WITH COUNTRY’S LARGEST FORCE-PLACED INSURER, LEADING NATIONWIDE REFORM EFFORT AND SAVING HOMEOWNERS, TAXPAYERS, AND INVESTORS MILLIONS OF DOLLARS

Cuomo Administration Settlement with Assurant Includes Restitution for Homeowners, a $14 Million Penalty, and Industry-leading Reforms

Cuomo Administration Says Other Force-placed Insurers, Including QBE, Need to “Step Up to the Plate Now” and Put in Place These Reforms

March 21, 2013
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Post Sandy Job Fair - Getting New York back on track

Getting New York back on track The Post Sandy Job Fair for Greater New York promises a means for employers to give support to the recovery effort in the most significant and long lasting way - by offering job-seekers employment opportunities that will provide them with the lifeline they really need! Creating this positive momentum will come back to businesses in the form of a stimulated economy. Date: May 14, 2013 Location: Resorts World NYC, 110-00 Rockaway Blvd., South Ozone Park, NY Free to Attend

March 19, 2013
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Deadline to apply for FEMA assistance or an SBA disaster loan is March 29, 2013.

Renters should complete and submit SBA applications NEW YORK – New York renters may be eligible for additional grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. To find out if renters qualify, they must complete and submit their disaster loan application from the U.S. Small Business Administration. These grants can be used for: • Replacement or repair of necessary personal property lost or damaged in the disaster, household items such as room furnishings or appliances, and tools and equipment required by the self-employed for their jobs • Primary vehicles and approved second vehicles damaged by the disaster

March 19, 2013
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Deadline to apply for FEMA assistance or an SBA disaster loan is March 29, 2013.

Renters should complete and submit SBA applications NEW YORK – New York renters may be eligible for additional grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. To find out if renters qualify, they must complete and submit their disaster loan application from the U.S. Small Business Administration. These grants can be used for: • Replacement or repair of necessary personal property lost or damaged in the disaster, household items such as room furnishings or appliances, and tools and equipment required by the self-employed for their jobs • Primary vehicles and approved second vehicles damaged by the disaster

March 18, 2013
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Senator Gianaris and PS 78 Student Council Work to Restore and Re-Beautify Shady Park after Hurricane Sandy

(Long Island City, NY) Senator Michael Gianaris vowed to continue working with the PS 78 Student Council students to repair, restore, and re-beautify Shady Park, also known as Andrews Grove, after the devastation of Hurricane Sandy. In a letter to the Student Council, Senator Gianaris thanked the students for their ongoing participation in the restoration efforts regarding the park and assured students that repairing the park is a top priority.

“Shady Park is a gem in our community and beloved by neighborhood children, who were given a voice by the PS 78 Student Council. We cannot let Hurricane Sandy rob our neighborhood of this beautiful park in an area in need of more outdoor places for children and adults alike to enjoy,” said Senator Gianaris.

March 8, 2013
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GOVERNOR CUOMO ANNOUNCES DFS PROGRAM FOR BANKS TO MEET ONE-ON-ONE WITH HOMEOWNERS SEEKING SANDY INSURANCE SETTLEMENT MONEY

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that 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.

March 4, 2013
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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
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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
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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
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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
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STATEMENT BY SENATOR CARLUCCI REGARDING GOVERNOR CUOMO'S BUDGET PROPOSAL REQUIRING ACCESS TO BACKUP GENERATORS AT CERTAIN GAS STATIONS IN NEW YORK

"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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FEMA extends Transitional Sheltering Assistance program in NY

NEW YORK – The Federal Emergency Management Agency, at the request of the State of New York, has approved a 14-day extension to the Transitional Sheltering Assistance (TSA) program, which allows eligible survivors from Hurricane Sandy who cannot return to their homes to stay in participating hotels or motels.

February 11, 2013
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Winter Safety Information from Senator Zeldin

Once again, Long Island is bracing for another significant weather event.

Below are contact numbers of where you can get storm-related information or services:

To report power outages or downed power lines:

Customers can report power outages to National Grid through the Long Island Power Authority’s (LIPA) hotline: 1-800-490-0075 or at 631-755-6900 or by visiting their Storm Central website at www.lipower.org/stormcenter from a computer or mobile device.

Information on mass transit service:

* MTA/LIRR: www.mta.info

* LIRR 24 hour travel information center: 718-217-5477

February 8, 2013
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