Issues: Miscellaneous

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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Senator Gallivan To Sponsor UNYTS Blood Drive At Transit Road Office

Blood drive in Lancaster on Tuesday, September 13

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-59th District) is calling on Western New Yorkers to do their part to keep the blood supply strong this fall. Area residents will have an opportunity to donate blood next week at a Upstate New York Transplant Services (UNYTS) blood drive being sponsored by Senator Gallivan.

The blood drive runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m on Tuesday, September 13, taking place outside Senator Gallivan’s District Office at 4729 Transit Rd, Suite 7 in Depew.

September 2, 2011
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NYSEG POWER RESTORATION SEPTEMBER 2, 2011 – 7 A.M.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 2, 2011 – 7 a.m.

September 2, 2011
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BALL PRESS CONFERENCE ON HURRICANE RESPONSE SAT 9/3 AT 2 PM

Senator Ball is requesting your support and your attendance in joining him for a press conference on this coming Saturday, September 3rd at 2 PM in Putnam Valley to announce that he will be holding a hearing on the response times and communication failures following Hurricane Irene. Senator Ball will also be calling on the full support of the Federal government through FEMA to support all of NY’s our towns and our citizens in response to this hurricane.

Please see the details of the press conference below and attached and please confirm your attendance and support.

September 1, 2011
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***Important Information for Residents***

 

Mobile New York State Insurance Van Will Be in Rockland Tomorrow

 

Senator David Carlucci (D-Rockland/Orange) has arranged for the New York State Insurance Department mobile van to be in Rockland county tomorrow, Friday, September 2nd  to answer any insurance related questions in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene, and to help residents fill out their insurance claim forms.

The van will be in the following locations at the following times:

10AM-1PM    1 Lonergan Drive, Suffern NY 10901 Squires Gate Development

2PM- 6PM     720 West Nyack Road, West Nyack, NY 10994  West Nyack Post Office/Hamlet Green Park

September 1, 2011
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Alice Fitzgerald's Farewell Luncheon

Senator Golden stops by the Greenhouse Cafe to wish the former President of the St. Anselm's Golden Age Club, Alice Fitzgerald the best of luck on her move.

September 1, 2011
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PRESS RELEASE: NYSEG POWER RESTORATION UPDATE: 3P.M.

 

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 September 1, 2011 – 3 p.m.

September 1, 2011
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WESTFIELD’S HELEN BARAN NAMED ‘WOMAN OF DISTINCTION’

WESTFIELD – Westfield’s Helen Baran, co-owner of Baran Vineyards, President of the Concord Grape Belt Heritage Association, and successful area realtor, was named a 2011 Woman of Distinction Thursday, an honor bestowed by the New York State Senate.

Helen was nominated for the honor by Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I – Olean) who hosted a special ceremony attended by family and friends on Thursday at Noble Winery in Westfield.

“People like Helen Baran make our communities a better place and help others become successful in their lives. She enthusiastically supports her community, and is an effective ambassador for many worthy causes. Her hard work and determination has earned her this recognition and I can’t think of anyone more deserving,” said Senator Young.

September 1, 2011
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MARCELLINO CALLS ON PRESIDENT TO EXPAND DISASTER ASSISTANCE FOR SUFFOLK COUNTY - FEDERAL DISASTER AID APPROVED FOR NASSAU

Senator Carl L. Marcellino today announced that Federal disaster assistance has been expanded to include homeowners, renters and small businesses in Nassau County as a result of damages incurred by Hurricane Irene.

He called on President Obama and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to expand federal disaster assistance to Suffolk County so home and business owners can also apply for federal assistance.

September 1, 2011
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GOVERNOR CUOMO ANNOUNCES FEDERAL DISASTER AID APPROVED FOR NASSAU, WESTCHESTER AND RENSSELAER COUNTIES

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that federal disaster assistance is now available for homeowners, renters and small businesses in Nassau, Westchester and Rensselaer counties as a result of damages incurred by Hurricane Irene.

September 1, 2011
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LOHUD: BALL QUESTIONS FELLOW REPUBLICAN’S STANCE ON DISASTER AID (UPDATED)

 

Posted by: Joseph Spector

Sen. Greg Ball, R-Patterson, Putnam County, said today he plans to hold a hearing on the state and federal response to Tropical Storm Irene and questioned Rep. Nan Hayworth’s stance that disaster aid needs to be tied to cuts in federal spending.

September 1, 2011
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