Issues: Miscellaneous

November 29, 2012
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DEPARTMENT OF FINANCIAL SERVICES OFFERING INSURANCE ASSISTANCE AT FIVE LOCATIONS IN NEW YORK CITY AND LONG ISLAND

Department Representatives Available to Answer Insurance Questions at Sites in Staten Island, Lindenhurst, Breezy Point, Brooklyn and Long Beach

 

Storm Hotline Also Being Staffed to Help Storm Sandy Victims

 

Benjamin M. Lawsky, Superintendent of Financial Services, announced representatives of the Department of Financial Services will be at five locations in New York City and Long Island to offer help to homeowners, renters and business owners with insurance-related issues stemming from damage caused by Storm Sandy.

 

The Department’s representatives will be available to meet with residents inside the agency’s Mobile Command Center, which will be stationed at these locations:

 

Suffolk County

 

November 29, 2012
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SENATOR LANZA ANNOUNCES NEW ACTIONS TO EXPEDITE SANDY-RELATED INSURANCE CLAIMS AND NEW ONLINE REPORT CARD SYSTEM FOR INSURANCE COMPANIES

 

DFS to Publish Online Report Cards Detailing Each Insurance Company’s Performance

New Rules Will Significantly Cut Time Allowed to Investigate Claims, Put More Adjusters in the Field to Help Homeowners

November 29, 2012
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SENATOR GOLDEN MAKES COMMENTS OPPOSING PROPOSED MTA FARE HIKES

Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) today has sent comments to Metropolitan Transit Authority Chairman Joseph Lhota opposing the fare and toll hike proposal being considered designed to increase costs of Metro Cards, express buses, bridges and tunnels.

 

In his letter, Senator Golden wrote, “Before the storm, many New Yorkers were struggling with unemployment or under-employment throughout our city and state. Now, after the storm, these families, along with others, face an additional burden of increased expenses due to major damage to homes. I ask you to seriously consider removing any increases from consideration by the MTA.”

 

A complete copy of the letter is attached.

November 29, 2012
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Recovering From a Disaster - Health Tips & Emotional Phases of Disaster Response

Recovering from disaster is usually a gradual process. Safety is a primary issue, as are mental and physical well-being. If assistance is available, knowing how to access it makes the process faster and less stressful.

Your first concern after a disaster is your family’s health and safety. You need to consider possible safety issues and monitor family health and well-being.

Health

Be aware of exhaustion. Don’t try to do too much at once. Set priorities and pace yourself. Get enough rest.
Drink plenty of clean water. Eat well.
Wear sturdy work boots and gloves.

November 29, 2012
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Hurricane Sandy Business Recovery Centers

New York

 

Kings

The NYC Business Solution Brooklyn Center

9 Bond Street (btwn Livingston & Fulton St)

5th Floor

Brooklyn, NY  11201

 

Richmond

College of Staten Island

(The City University of New York)

Main Admin Building in Bldg 1A-102

2800 Victory Boulevard

Staten Island, NY  10314

 

Nassau 

Farmingdale State College

SBDC Training Center

2350 Broad Hollow Road

Farmingdale, NY  11735

 

Queens

LaGuardia Community College/ CUNY

30-20 Thompson Ave

Suite BA02

November 29, 2012
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO AND LONG ISLAND CARES LEND A HELPING HAND TO ROOSEVELT RESIDENTS FOR THANKSGIVING

     Photo Caption: Senator Fuschillo helps unload food which was distributed to residents in need at Roosevelt Middle School.

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) recently joined with Long Island Cares in Roosevelt to help families in need.

     Senator Fuschillo and LI Cares employees, with assistance from Roosevelt students and staff members, distributed non-perishable items and turkeys at the Roosevelt Middle School for families in need of some assistance during difficult financial times.

November 29, 2012
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At Joe Sabba Park, in front of the newly lit "tree"

Senator Gianaris with Assemblywoman Markey, Councilman Van Bramer and Santa in front of the newly lit "tree"

November 29, 2012
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Legal Assistance for Those Affected by Superstorm Sandy

In the wake of Superstorm Sandy,  the New York State Bar Association has been working with local bar associations throughout the affected area to coordinate relief efforts. The Bar Association held a free continuing legal education program focusing on disaster recovery issues, and a webcast of that event and the educational materials that accompanied it are available online at www.nysba.org/superstormsandyfreeclelink. Information about these and other storm relief efforts and recovery resources is available at www.nysba.org/sandy.

November 28, 2012
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO JOINS MAYOR HARDWICK AND VILLAGE OF FREEPORT IN LENDING A HELPING HAND TO FREEPORT RESIDENTS FOR THANKSGIVING

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) recently joined with Freeport Mayor Andrew Hardwick and Village of Freeport employees and volunteers at the Freeport Recreation Center to help families in need.

     Senator Fuschillo joined Mayor Hardwick and Village of Freeport employees and volunteers in providing free Thanksgiving turkeys and non-perishable food to residents in need. Senator Fuschillo worked with Governor Cuomo’s office to bring turkeys to Freeport.

     “Many Freeport families are still suffering from the effects of Hurricane Sandy. This program is another way to lend a helping hand to these families and make these trying times a little easier for them,” said Senator Fuschillo.

November 28, 2012
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BONACIC’S MIDDLETOWN OFFICE IS A TOYS FOR TOTS DROP OFF SITE

Persons wishing to donate toys to the annual U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program can leave the toys at the office of State Senator John J. Bonacic, at 201 Dolson Avenue, Middletown.  Senator Bonacic’s office is set behind the Taco Bell in a one story strip mall on Dolson Avenue.            

November 28, 2012
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SENATOR GOLDEN ANNOUNCES METROCARD VAN SCHEDULES DECEMBER VISIT TO BROOKLYN OFFICE

Brooklyn- State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C, 22nd District) is today announcing that the Metropolitan Transit Authority has scheduled the Metro Card Van to visit his Bay Ridge District Office, located at 7408-5th Avenue, on Monday, December 3, 2012 from 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.

 

The Metro Card Bus will enable the local residents to take care of all their Metro Card business at the Metro Card Bus, whether it's applying for or refilling a Reduced-Fare Metro Card, buying or refilling a regular Metro Card, or asking a MetroCard-related question. Senator Golden assures residents that they will receive prompt and attentive service.

 

For more information, please contact Senator Golden’s community office at (718) 238-6044.

November 28, 2012
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NEW YORK TO TRACK HURRICANE SANDY-RELATED FUNDRAISING AND SPENDING OF 75 CHARITIES

Info Requested From Nonprofits Raising Funds For Hurricane Sandy Relief And Reported  Online To Promote Transparency & Ensure That Funds Raised For Sandy Relief Are Used For That Purpose 

November 28, 2012
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IN THE NEWS - Free legal advice offered to Staten Island victims of Hurricane Sandy

By Tom Wrobleski/Staten
Island Advance
Staten Island Advance on November 27, 2012
at 2:44 PM, updated November 27, 2012 at 2:45 PM

November 28, 2012
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Hotel Availability through NYC & TSA

Transitional Sheltering Assistance (TSA)

The Transitional Sheltering Assistance (TSA) helps survivors stay in hotels/motels if their homes were damaged from Hurricane Sandy. FEMA has a dedicated toll free number for survivors who are eligible for TSA to call and find a hotel and request accessible transportation (if needed) from their shelter to the hotel. Please note: Hotels participate in the TSA program independently and may have to honor previous reservations.

The number is 866-863-8673. Hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. EST, seven days/week.  

City Hotel Program

November 28, 2012
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Senator Montgomery Announces $27.7 Million in Federal Disaster Aid to Communities Hurt by Hurricane Sandy

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy and the recent devastation which has plagued New York State, Senator Montgomery is pleased to announce that New York State has received $27.7 million in Disaster National Emergency Grant funds. This grant will be used to hire workers to help clean up communities affected by Hurricane Sandy in Bronx, Kings, Nassau, New York, Orange, Putnam, Queens, Richmond, Rockland, Suffolk, Sullivan, Ulster and Westchester counties.

November 28, 2012
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Information about FEMA Determination Letters

If survivors receive a letter from FEMA saying that they are ineligible for assistance, make sure they read the letter very carefully.  They may need to provide further information or documentation in order to qualify. The letter will explain exactly what additional information is needed. They may still be approved for help from FEMA.  They may also receive a letter from FEMA stating they were ineligible simply because they did not yet received a settlement from their insurance carrier.

If a determination letter is received stating that they are ineligible and they believe an error was made, they have the right to file an appeal. 

Appeals may be made on any decision within 60 days of the date listed on the last decision letter.  

November 28, 2012
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INFORMATION ABOUT NYC RAPID REPAIRS

What is NYC Rapid Repairs?

NYC Rapid Repairs is a FREE program to help residential property owners affected by Hurricane Sandy make emergency repairs. These emergency repairs will allow residents to stay in their homes so that they can complete more permanent repairs and finishes. Emergency repairs include permanent or temporary restoration of heat, power and hot water, and other limited repairs to protect a home from further significant damage. A homeowner must first register for NYC Rapid Repairs. The City will then schedule an appointment for a qualified NYC Rapid Repairs Team to make certain repairs for all eligible homeowners.

November 28, 2012
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LOCAL DELI NAMES SANDWICH IN HONOR OF SENATOR GOLDEN

Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) was recently honored by Lioni’s Heroes, located at 7803-15th Avenue, with a sandwich named in his honor. The tribute was in celebration of Mr. Golden’s commitment to the community, the City and State.

 

“The Marty Golden” is made with homemade breaded chicken cutlets, Lioni fresh mozzarella, red roasted peppers, olive oil, balsamic vinegar and salt and pepper.

 

Senator Golden’s staff recently ordered a number of “The Marty Golden” heroes and gave the sandwich a stamp of approval.

November 28, 2012
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