Issues: Miscellaneous

LOHUD: BALL CALLS FOR INVESTIGATION INTO POWER RESTORATION DELAYS

 

Written by: Dwight R. Worley

PUTNAM VALLEY — State Sen. Greg Ball said legislators will hold hearings early next month to investigate why it took utility companies as long as six days to restore power to homes and businesses in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Irene.

September 3, 2011
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PRESS RELEASE: NEW YORK’S EMERGENCY RESPONSE AND COMMUNICATION HURDLES

 

Senator Ball Calls for Hearing, “Could have been Katrina-like”

September 3, 2011
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LOHUD: BALL TO HOLD HEARING ON IRENE RESPONSE TOMORROW

If you are still without power six days after Tropical Storm Irene hit or had yours restored but still want to be heard on how the storm was handled, state Sen. Greg Ball, R-Patterson, is holding a hearing in Putnam Valley tomorrow.

September 2, 2011
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BONACIC OFFERS THREE IDEAS TO HELP REDUCE TAX BURDEN ON FLOODED FAMILIES

State Senator John J. Bonacic will propose three bills to give relief to citizens and local governments affected by Hurricane Irene. The first will allow assessment rolls for 2012 taxes for counties and towns to be modified (if the county approves) to reflect the value of their property on September 5, 2011. The second will allow school districts to authorize by resolution the partial payment of taxes without interest for those that were impacted by the flooding and need to make out of pocket payments as a result of the floods.

September 2, 2011
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SENATOR NOZZOLIO ENCOURAGES LOCAL RESIDENTS TO GET INVOLVED WITH HURRICANE RECOVERY AND CLEANUP EFFORTS

State Senator Mike Nozzolio is encouraging local residents to consider volunteering their time or resources this Labor Day weekend to help New York families who were hit the hardest by Hurricane Irene. Senator Nozzolio applauded Governor Andrew Cuomo for coordinating  “Labor for your Neighbor”, a volunteer initiative aimed at helping clean-up efforts following the devastation of the storm.

September 2, 2011
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STATEMENT BY SENATOR JOHN BONACIC

"I am pleased that FEMA has recognized the need for federal disaster assistance in Orange and Sullivan Counties; in addition to Delaware and Ulster County, which were approved earlier in the week,” said Senator John Bonacic. “ I appreciate the Governor’s commitment to all areas of the state and all of the hard work he’s doing to assess the damage left in the wake of Hurricane Irene.

September 2, 2011
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Updated Flood Information

I am pleased to report that affected homeowners, renters and businesses in Montgomery, Saratoga and Schenectady Counties are now eligible for FEMA assistance. To register for FEMA assistance, call (800) 621-3362, or register online at http://www.disasterassistance.gov/

Residents in those counties still need help while the FEMA process is underway. The following is contact information for some of the organizations which can provide assistance to affected persons. Most of these organizations are also taking donations and/or volunteer help.

September 2, 2011
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Rockland and Orange families and small businesses are now eligible for federal disaster assistance.

VICTORY! Rockland and Orange families and small businesses are now eligible for federal disaster assistance! This is a great first step towards rebuilding our homes and communities. The link below will direct you how to file, but as always if you have any questions please call my office at 623-3627.

http://www.disasterassistance.gov/

 

September 2, 2011
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INFORMATION ON HURRICANE IRENE CLEANUP EFFORTS

 

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has launched "Labor for your Neighbor," a Labor Day weekend effort to tap into the neighborly instincts of New Yorkers and rally volunteers to pitch in on local clean-ups of public and private property following the devastation of Hurricane Irene.

September 2, 2011
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LaValle: Individual Federal Disaster Aid Approved For Suffolk

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle today said that federal disaster assistance is now available for homeowners, renters and small businesses in Suffolk County as a result of damages incurred by Hurricane Irene. Governor Cuomo made the announcement today

September 2, 2011
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Montgomery County Eligible for FEMA Assistance

I am pleased to report that Montgomery County is now eligible for FEMA assistance for both municipal and individual assistance, which includes homeowners, renters and businesses. To register for FEMA assistance, call (800) 621-3362, or register online at http://www.disasterassistance.gov/ Affected homeowners and businesses in Schenectady and Saratoga Counties can also apply for FEMA assistance.

September 2, 2011
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American Red Cross is Looking for Donations in the Aftermath of Hurricane Irene

 

We are all well aware that Hurricane Irene has left a terrible path of destruction in its wake – not only up and down the East Coast, but in our own back yards.

 

Many of our friends and neighbors have felt the brunt of the storm’s devastating winds and flooding, which have both taken a painful toll on lives, homes, and property. As we keep them in our thoughts and prayers, many New Yorkers are also looking for ways to lend a helping hand.

 

September 2, 2011
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FEDERAL DISASTER AID APPROVED FOR SUFFOLK COUNTY

Federal disaster assistance has been expanded to include homeowners, renters and small businesses in Suffolk County as a result of damages incurred by Irene. If you think you may be eligible you must call FEMA’s registration number – 1-800-621-3362 or visit the website at http://www.fema.gov/news/event.fema?id=15533

September 2, 2011
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THE BUFFALO NEWS: Puerto Rican Day Parade kicks off with flag-raising event in City of Buffalo

A flag-raising event was recently held in Niagara Square as a lead-up to the Puerto Rican Day Parade to be held Sept. 10.

The ninth annual parade, put on by the Puerto Rican Day Parade of Western New York Association, kicks off from the steps of City Hall at 1 p.m. that Saturday.

The parade will head north on Niagara Street to Porter Avenue where an after-parade event will be held — including amusement rides, music and food — from 3 to 9 p.m. in LaSalle Park.

Activities will continue in the park from noon to 7 p.m. Sept. 11.

http://www.buffalonews.com/city/communities/downtown/article541457.ece

September 2, 2011
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SENATOR GOLDEN REMINDS BACK TO SCHOOL SHOPPERS OF SALES TAX EXEMPTION

Brooklyn –As Brooklyn families continue to prepare to head back to school this fall, State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, 22nd District) is reminding all consumers that clothing and footwear purchases under $55 per item are exempt from the New York State portion of the sales tax. The 4% state portion of the sales tax was eliminated in an effort to help consumers save money while bringing in additional revenue to stores throughout the State.

 

September 2, 2011
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Tax Free Shopping Is Back In New York State

As Long Island families continue preparing to head back to school this fall, Senator Jack Martins wants to make sure that all consumers know that clothing and footwear purchases under $55 per item are again exempt from the New York State portion of sales tax.  The 4% state portion of the sales tax was eliminated in an effort to help consumers save money while bringing in additional revenue to stores throughout the state.  In addition, the 3/8% MTA portion of the sales tax was also eliminated for the areas affected, which includes both Suffolk and Nassau Counties.According to a memo released by New York State Department of Taxation and Finance, the exemption

September 2, 2011
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Benjamin M. Lawsky, Superintendent of the New York State Department of Financial Services will be in West Nyack to help residents with Insurance related questions.

 

Senator David Carlucci has arranged for Benjamin M. Lawsky, Superintendent of the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) to be at the West Nyack Post Office/Hamlet Green Park, 720 West Nyack Road, West Nyack today at 2:00 PM to assist residents with insurance related information and claim forms in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene.

 

 

September 2, 2011
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