This morning Senator George Maziarz joined a host of officials--including Lieutenant Governor Robert Duffy and Senator Charles Schumer--in touring Lockport sites that suffered severe damage as a result of last week's heavy rainfall. The officials are working to ensure that emergency aid is made available to the greatest extent possible.
HERKIMER, 06/28/13 -- State legislators representing the Mohawk Valley are calling on the governor to formally request a federal disaster declaration for Herkimer County to assist with repair costs associated with flooding damage on June 27-28, 2013.
Albany, N.Y., June 5—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) has voted in favor of legislation unanimously approved by the Senate late yesterday to strengthen a key New York State assistance program to help local volunteer fire departments and emergency squads – as well as cities, counties, towns and villages -- repair and purchase firefighting and rescue equipment, and meet other emergency services infrastructure needs.
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.
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.
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
[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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.