Issues: Emergency Services or FEMA

Helping First Responders Afford Needed Equipment

ALBANY, 06/05/13 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today announced final legislative approval of a bill he sponsored to increase the amounts of allowable loans under the emergency services loan fund.   Senator Seward’s  bill (S.3728B) will adjust the loan rates available to account for inflation and help departments with equipment purchases and other necessary upgrades.

June 5, 2013
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Added Time For EMT Recertification

ALBANY, 05/23/13 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today announced introduction of legislation he is sponsoring that will extend the emergency medical technician five-year recertification demonstration program.  Senator Seward’s  bill (S.5152) provides active volunteer emergency medical technicians (EMTs) in certain counties with additional time to meet recertification requirements.

May 23, 2013
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A Community Driven Initiative To Guide Local Rebuilding Process After Storms

Governor Cuomo Announces Community Reconstruction Zones funded By Federal Supplemental Disaster Aid To Guide Local Rebuilding ProcessProgram to Fund Hard Hit Localities to Develop Comprehensive Rebuilding Plans from the Bottom Up

April 26, 2013
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Senator Grisanti Appoints Hamburg Firefighter as Firefigher/EMS Liaison

Senator Mark Grisanti (R, I-60) recently announced the appointment of Ric Dimpfl as his fire, EMS and emergency services liaison for the Southtowns portion of the 60th New York State Senate District.

April 9, 2013
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U.S. Small Business Administration Makes Low-Interest Disaster Assistance Loans Available for Faith-Based Organizations and Places of Worship

Please refer to the attached documents for information on the loan opportunity. A Spanish-language fact sheet is also attached.

 

March 19, 2013
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Bill to Increase Penalty for Killing Emergency Services Dogs Poised to Pass Senate

[Albany] - Senator Joseph A. Griffo (R-C-IP, Rome)  joined several Senators this morning who said that the Senate will be voting on a bill this week that would increase the penalties for killing a police dog.

March 19, 2013
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Federal Reimbursement To The Village Of Brightwaters For Superstorm Sandy Costs

Over $100,000 in FEMA-Approved Funds To Brightwaters for Superstorm Sandy Clean-Up Costs

New York State has provided $118,954 to the Village of Brightwaters in Suffolk County for reimbursement of costs incurred by the Town following the impact of Superstorm Sandy. The Village of Brightwaters experienced severely damaged trees and other vegetation, leaving approximately 1,821 cubic yards of debris on village roads and right of ways. The Village responded by combining village personnel, equipment and some outside contracts. Contracts were used for debris clean-up, tree removal, garbage and landscape removal and movement of debris to disposal location.

March 18, 2013
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO ANNOUNCES OVER $4 MILLION REIMBURSEMENT TO SUFFOLK COUNTY FOR COSTS INCURRED DURING SUPERSTORM SANDY

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) today announced that New York State has provided $4,023,035 million to Suffolk County for reimbursement of debris removal costs incurred by the county following the impact of Superstorm Sandy. Suffolk County experienced severely damaged trees and other vegetation, leaving approximately 348,372 cubic yards of debris on county roads, right of ways, parks and other public spaces. The county responded by combining village personnel, equipment and some outside contracts. Contracts were used for debris clean-up, tree removal, garbage and landscape removal and movement of debris to disposal location.

March 15, 2013
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Housing And Small Business Assistance For Residents In Areas Affected By Sandy

Thousands of homeowners across New York have been directly impacted by Superstorm Sandy, Hurricane Irene or Tropical Storm Lee. The devastation wrought by these storms was unlike anything New York has seen in recent history. While FEMA, the State of New York and other disaster relief agencies stepped in immediately following the storm to provide public and private recovery assistance to homeowners in need of help, the State worked to secure Congressional approval of additional federal aid to meet the substantial need. The program outlined here is subject to federal approval.

March 13, 2013
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Senator Jeff Klein speaks on the Senate Budget Resolution in Senate Session - March 11, 2013 .

Senator Klein discusses the one house budget resolution on the floor of the Senate on Monday, March 11, 2013. This budget resolution was crafted by a bipartisan coalition.

March 11, 2013
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Senator Montgomery Publishes Guide to New FEMA Flood Maps and Insurance Program Changes

 

Senator Velmanette Montgomery today released a new brochure that informs constituents in flood zone areas such as Red Hook, Sunset Park, and Gowanus about new flood maps being prepared by FEMA, their implications for future insurance coverage, and what it might mean to property owners rebuilding from super storm SANDY.

 

March 7, 2013
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SENATE BANKS COMMITTEE SEEKS ANSWERS ON UNSPENT SUPERSTORM SANDY FUNDS

Thursday, February 28

1:00 PM Senator Joseph Griffo, Chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Banks, Hosts Public Hearing regarding Insurance Proceeds Disbursement

To inform and educate consumers on what they can do to expedite the release of any remaining insurance funds from Superstorm Sandy that are being held by banks and mortgage servicers.

March 1, 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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FEMA Disaster Assistance Deadline Extended Through March 29, 2013

Residents of thirteen declared counties, including Suffolk County, may apply for FEMA disaster assistance through March 29, 2013.

The deadline for residents living in one of the thirteen disaster-declared counties to register for FEMA assistance has been extended to March 29, 2013. The previous deadline was February 27, 2013. Federal disaster assistance for individuals and families can include money for rental assistance, essential home repairs, personal property losses and other serious disaster-related needs not covered by insurance. Residents in the following counties are eligible for assistance: Bronx, Kings, Nassau, New York, Richmond, Rockland, Westchester, Suffolk, Queens, Orange, Putnam, Sullivan and Ulster.

February 26, 2013
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Federal Disaster Relief Center Moving From Lindenhurst to Copiague

The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Superstorm Sandy Disaster Relief Center that was in the Lindenhurst Memorial Library has closed and will reopen on Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at:New Location:The Copiague Memorial Public Library50 Deauville Blvd., Copaigue, NY(631) 691-1111Hours:9:00AM to 6:00PM Monday through Friday9:00AM to 3:00PM SaturdayDirections:From Lindenhurst, take Montauk Highway heading west; turn right onto Deauville Blvd.  The library is located east of Broadway (Route 110) and west of Great neck Road. 

February 26, 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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Bipartisan Task Force on Hurricane Sandy Recovery - Preliminary Report

February 5, 2013
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Senate Bipartisan Task Force on Hurricane Sandy Recovery Releases Preliminary Report Outlining Recommendations on Storm Relief, Contingency Planning and Disaster Mitigation

Less than three months after Senate Co-Leaders Jeffrey D. Klein and Dean G. Skelos launched the New York State Senate Bipartisan Task Force on Hurricane Sandy recovery, the Task Force has released its preliminary report and recommendations on Sandy relief and storm planning. The preliminary report and recommendations come after Task Force members toured storm damaged communities across the New York City Metro Area, including Freeport, Island Park, Oceanside, The Rockaways, Staten Island, Brooklyn, Manhattan, and the Hudson Valley.

 

February 4, 2013
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