Issues: Emergency Services or FEMA

January 31, 2014
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Mohawk Valley Senators Advance Flood Recovery Strategy

UTICA, 01/29/14 – Mohawk Valley state legislators Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta), Senator Joseph A. Griffo (R/C/I-Rome), Senator Hugh T. Farley (R-Schenectady), and Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) today announced senate passage of legislation to rewrite New York State’s disaster response playbook. The bills are in response to multiple floods and storm events throughout last summer, which caused an estimated $80 million in damage between June 26 and July 3 in the Mohawk Valley alone. 

The legislative package includes:

S.5931 (Seward): Enacts the “Mohawk Valley and Niagara county assessment relief act”

January 29, 2014
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Three flood recovery assistance bills pass Senate

Senator George D. Maziarz, (R-C, Newfane) is pleased to announce that three bills he is co-sponsoring to provide financial assistance to municipalities and residents affected by excessive flood damage in Niagara County in the early summer of 2013 were approved on Monday, January 27, 2014 by the New York State Senate.

January 28, 2014
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State Commits to Senator Kennedy to Provide Necessary Resources to Respond to WNY Blizzard

Senator Kennedy closely monitoring state’s response to WNY blizzard.

Kennedy has been in contact with municipal leaders within his district to monitor response and assess needs for state resources, and he is working with state Commissioner of Homeland Security and Emergency Services to relay local concerns and track state actions.

January 7, 2014
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Senator Phil Boyle Urges Delay of Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act

Washington policy riddled with inequities and lacks proper impact research 

December 10, 2013 - Bay Shore, NY - Citing the disastrous financial impact it would have on middle-class families’ home values, Senator Phil Boyle is urging Washington lawmakers to delay the implementation of the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act.

“If allowed to be fully implemented, this Federal law would destroy many of my constituents’ home values,” said Boyle. “As many Sandy victims are just getting back into their homes, now is not the time to hit them with a punishing increase in their flood insurance rates." 

December 10, 2013
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State Legislators Sponsor Disaster Recovery Fund Bill

Observer-Dispatch Posted Dec 02, 2013 @ 11:25 AM

State legislators representing the Mohawk Valley and Niagara County have co-sponsored a bill that would create disaster recovery funding.

December 10, 2013
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In Wake of 2013 Flood, Senator Valesky Co-Sponsors Bill to Create Disaster Fund

SYRACUSE—State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) has joined other state legislators who represent areas affected by severe flooding in July 2013 in introducing legislation that would create a state disaster recovery fund aimed at expediting assistance to victims and municipalities.

“We have seen too many instances of flood victims lacking basic necessities months after a disaster hits because they are waiting for government to act,” Senator Valesky said. “That is unacceptable, and I am pleased to co-sponsor this legislation that will ensure expeditious distribution of aid and resources through a disaster recovery fund.”

December 2, 2013
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Griffo Bill Would Create Disaster Fund

UTICA – State legislators who represent the Mohawk Valley and Niagara County have followed through on a promise made to flood victims by introducing legislation that would create a state disaster recovery fund.

December 2, 2013
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NY SENATE TO CONVENE MASSIVE CYBERSECURITY HEARING IN ROME

ROME - Six Senate committees will hold a joint hearing at noon Monday to hear testimony from experts in law enforcement, finance and computer science about the state’s preparedness against cyber-attacks.

“Cyber crime is a major economic issue, resulting in more than $500 million in losses last year alone,” said Sen. Joseph A. Griffo, who chairs the Senate Banking Committee and is hosting the event. “There’s a reason why England considers it an even greater threat than nuclear war. We need to take a closer look at what our state is doing to prevent cyberattacks that could affect our security, our economy and our government.”

November 15, 2013
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Rebuilding the Bronx After Superstorm Sandy: Klein Announces $3 million in FEMA Funding Flowing to Bronx Institutions

BRONX, NY– Following the one year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, Senator Klein announced that nearly $3 million in FEMA funding has already flowed to service organizations and cultural institutions in the Bronx. Earlier this year, the New York State Legislature approved federal emergency funds allocated for Sandy relief. Throughout this process, Senator Klein worked to ensure that eligible organizations in his district received these funds to rebuild.

November 14, 2013
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New Parameters For Emergency Services Loan Fund

ALBANY, 10/22/13 – A highly successful state loan program to assist first responders is changing with the times under legislation (S.3728B) signed into law today. The legislation was sponsored by Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) and increases the amounts of allowable loans under the emergency services loan fund.

“Our first responders put their lives on the line every time they answer an emergency call and need to be outfitted with the latest safety gear,” said Senator Seward. “Emergency equipment costs, like everything else, continue to rise, and it is essential that this successful loan program evolves to meet the changing needs of our fire and rescue squads.”

October 22, 2013
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Senator Farley Reminds Constituents to Be Prepared for Possible Emergencies

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) reminds constituents they should be prepared in case a disaster happens.

To highlight the designation of September as National Preparedness Month, Senator Farley offers the following tips:

* Prepare a disaster supply kit that would keep you and your family self-sufficient for three days, including: one gallon of water per person per day, stored in clean plastic containers; non-perishable food; first aid kit, including information on prescription medications and eyeglasses; battery-operated radio, flashlight and extra batteries; extra clothing; blankets or sleeping bags; and important papers such as identification, credit cards and cash.

September 16, 2013
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Seward Continues Push For Improved Disaster Prep & Response

CORTLAND, 09/12/13 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today continued to advance his multi-prong strategy to enhance the state’s response to natural disasters. 

“In recent years we have seen the number and severity of natural disasters spiral increasingly upward,” said Senator James L. Seward.  “It is vital that we, as a state, prepare for future natural disasters by constructing better protections for our homes, businesses and infrastructure, streamlining our response, and ensuring that financial resources are available.” 

September 11, 2013
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Maloney, Krueger, and Lappin Call on Army Corps of Engineers to Revoke Permit for E. 91st St. Marine Transfer Station Due to Serious Flood Risks

Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, State Senator Liz Krueger, and Council Member Jessica Lappin joined community advocates and concerned residents today near the site of the proposed 91st Street Marine Transfer Station (MTS) to highlight the serious flood risks that the MTS would pose to the community and to urge the Army Corps of Engineers to revoke a permit for construction.

August 30, 2013
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Senator Valesky Joins Governor to Release State Funds to Flood-Affected Residents

Just two months after the devastating floods, state funds are being released to residents in the affected areas. I was with Gov. Cuomo in Oneida as he announced that $13.6 million in flood recovery checks would be delivered today.

August 29, 2013
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Flood Recovery Funds Delivered To Mohawk Valley

HERKIMER, 08/29/13 -  Senator James L. Seward today joined Governor Andrew M. Cuomo as he issued $13.6 million in state aid checks to 1,206 homeowners, renters, businesses and farmers affected by July flooding across the Mohawk Valley, Central New York and Niagara County.

August 29, 2013
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July 24, 2013
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Seward Pursues Flood Aid For Schoharie County

ONEONTA, 07/22/13 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today announced his continued support for Schoharie County’s  inclusion in the federal disaster declaration for flooding damage in late June/early July. 

July 22, 2013
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State funds available to repair flood damage to private property

If you or someone you know in the Lockport area suffered property damage during the late June flood, this message is for you: the State of New York is making a total of $2,000,000 available to help Niagara County residents repair and rebuild.

These dollars—earmarked in the state budget for emergencies such as ours—will be very helpful to local residents because there was not enough damage to trigger FEMA aid, and insurance providers do not cover all losses.

July 18, 2013
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State Program to Help Flood Victims

Yesterday, Governor Cuomo announced a $16 million Flood Recovery Program to assist homeowners, small businesses, and farms in areas hardest hit by recent flooding. Many people will not be able to return to their homes due to extensive damage, and others face substantial rebuilding costs that are not covered by insurance. Unfortunately, the financial and property loss from the floods is below the amount that triggers federal FEMA and other federal assistance.

July 18, 2013
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