Issues: Emergency Services or FEMA

Long Island Senate Delegation Calls on President For More Aggressive Federal Response to Sandy

Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos and the members of the Long Island State Senate delegation today called on President Obama to initiate a swift and aggressive federal disaster response to assist those who have been severely impacted by Hurricane Sandy, saying Long Island residents are facing a “Katrina-style” disaster, a potential outbreak of crime and additional deaths.

Nearly two weeks after the storm brought destruction to New York, and particularly Long Island, hundreds of thousands of people still remain without power, and countless others will need to be housed and fed before they freeze to death in their own homes. The situation was made worse by a recent Nor’easter and local residents need immediate help in meeting their basic, everyday needs.

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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Nassau County, Suffolk County, and New York City Implementing Plans to Reduce Gas Lines in the Region

A partial failure of a terminal served by the Buckeye Pipeline, which pumps approximately 4.5 million gallons of gas per day into the New York City and Long Island area, occurred due to power failures late last night. While power was restored this morning, there was an interruption in the fuel supply chain to those regions.

November 8, 2012
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Terrible days and nights: After Hurricane Sandy, yesterday's Nor'easter brings more wind, rain, snow and power outages to downstate region

While hundreds of thousands of our fellow New Yorkers were still recovering from the devastation of Hurricane Sandy, yesterday's Nor'easter battered these communities again with more wind, rain, snow and power outages.

Read more in Long Island's Newsday, and the New York Daily News.

I simply can't say enough about all of the businesses, first responders, relief groups, volunteers and concerned citizens who continue to answer the call from throughout the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions.

November 8, 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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Hurricane Recovery Information from National Grid

Please refer to the attached report for safety information from National Grid.

The report also contains contact information for those who might be able to help people impacted by Hurricane Sandy, and provides answers to questions about reconnecting gas and/or electric service.

November 5, 2012
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November 5, 2012
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New Yorkers Can Now Register for Federal Disaster Assistance

New Yorkers affected by Hurricane Sandy can now call or go online to register for disaster assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

November 5, 2012
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Hurricane Sandy Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Benefit Replacement

If you lost food purchased with SNAP benefits due to Hurricane Sandy, there is help available. Current SNAP households that have lost food purchased with their benefits as a result of the storm are entitled to replacement benefits.

Q - What do I need to do?

November 5, 2012
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Uptown Cares! - Sandy Relief Telethon to Help NYC Victims

 

Event Organized by Northern Manhattan Community Leaders & Elected Officials

November 2, 2012 (New York, NY) - Community leaders and elected officials from Northern Manhattan are organizing a telethon to directly benefit New York City victims of Hurricane Sandy.

November 2, 2012
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PAIN AT THE PUMP: Senator Carlucci Blasts Rockland Gas Stations for Price Gouging Customers

NANUET, NY – With gas in scarce supply and commuters eager to get back on the road, Senator David Carlucci (D-Rockland/Orange) today blasted Rockland gas stations for alleged price gouging during the aftermath and cleanup of Hurricane Sandy. 

November 1, 2012
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PRINT NOW: IMPORTANT EMERGENCY CONTACTS FOR CENTRAL, NORTHERN NEW YORK

Ritchie Encourages Having Emergency Numbers on Hand in Advance of Hurricane Sandy

With Hurricane Sandy expected to make landfall Monday night or early Tuesday, State Senator Patty Ritchie is encouraging people to print out the below emergency contact numbers to have on hand in the event of a power outage.

October 29, 2012
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Emergency Preparations Underway For Hurricane Sandy

 

ONEONTA, 10/26/12 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today commented on emergency preparation in advance of Hurricane Sandy following a briefing by the governor’s office:

“With Hurricane Sandy predicted to impact the region in the coming days, residents should stay informed and prepare for the potential of severe weather.  I am pleased Governor Cuomo is readying state emergency operations personnel and already the New York Power Authority and the NYCDEP are releasing water and lowering reservoir levels in Schoharie County to reduce the potential for flooding.  These precautionary measures are sensible steps that will help prepare our region in the event Hurricane Sandy strikes.

October 26, 2012
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Storm Recovery Information

To report downed power lines or power outages:

LIPA 1-800-490-0075

Freeport Electric 516-378-0146 (Village of Freeport residents)

 

24-Hour Gas Emergency Service:

October 26, 2012
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Schoharie, Delaware First Responders Receive State Grants

NORTH BLENHEIM, 09/19/12 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I–Oneonta) today joined representatives of the New York Power Authority (NYPA) and local officials to present more than $207,000 in grants to nine first-responder organizations in Schoharie and Delaware counties to rebuild equipment and systems capabilities after Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee.  The grants were announced in August by Governor Cuomo, among other state initiatives to aid communities affected by last summer's storms. NYPA today also issued a request for proposals (RFP) to improve cellular and wireless communications at the Blenheim-Gilboa power plant and across the Northern Catskills.

September 20, 2012
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BUFFALO NEWS: Firefighter regulations win praise from two legislators

New state regulations designed to protect firefighters working in high-rise buildings were praised Monday by State Sen. Mark J. Grisanti, R-Buffalo, and Assemblyman Dennis H. Garbryszak, D-Cheektowaga, during a Grand Island news conference.

In announcing approval of the legislation just signed by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, the legislators said fire companies are now required to provide safety ropes and other escape equipment to firefighters who may find normal exits blocked during the course of extinguishing a blaze. It also allows individual fire companies to decide what equipment is needed.

http://www.buffalonews.com/city/article1016385.ece

August 22, 2012
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GRAND ISLAND DISPATCH: Gabryszak and Grisanti create new safety requirements for firefighters

Assemblyman Dennis Gabryzak, D-Cheektowaga, and State Sen. Mark Grisanti, R-North Buffalo, announced Monday that Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed into law legislation that would require cities and employers of firefighters to provide emergency escape systems for all firefighters.Under bills passed in both houses (A10677, S 7677), cities or other employers of fighterfighters are required to identity if a firefighter is at risk for becoming trapped at higher elevations, and if the firefighters could need to be prepared to escape a fire. This gives the firefighter community the ability to better evaluate its escape routes and plan accordingly to different situations that may be potentially hazardous due to height and differing equipment.

August 22, 2012
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Assemblyman Gabryszak and Senator Grisanti Create New Safety Requirements For Firefighters- Governor Cuomo Signs Legislation

Assemblyman Dennis Gabryzak (D-Cheektowaga) and Senator Mark Grisanti (R-North Buffalo) today announced that Governor Cuomo has signed into law legislation that would require cities and employers of firefighters to provide emergency escape systems for all firefighters.

August 22, 2012
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August 13, 2012
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GOV. CUOMO SIGNS RITCHIE BILL TO SUPPORT WILDERNESS RESCUE GROUPS

Governor’s Signature Sets Standards 30 Years in the Making

July 18, 2012
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