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LaValle Calls on President to Expand Disaster Assistance For Suffolk County

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle today called upon President Obama and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to expand federal disaster assistance available to  Suffolk  County so that home and business owners can apply for federal assistance.

While localities in Suffolk will be eligible to receive federal assistance to pay for storm related road, bridge and infrastructure repairs, home and business owners were not included on the list for disaster assistance.

“Some residents of Suffolk have extensive damages from the storm,” Senator LaValle said.  “I am urging the federal government to provide whatever assistance is needed to help people recover.”

September 1, 2011
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Senator Owen Johnson Calls on President to Expand Disaster Assistance for Suffolk County

Senator Owen H. Johnson (4th Senate District, Babylon) today called on President Obama and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to expand federal disaster assistance available to Suffolk County so home and business owners can apply for federal assistance.

While localities in Suffolk County will be eligible to receive federal assistance to pay for road, bridge and infrastructure repairs related to the storm, home and business owners were not included on the list for disaster assistance.

September 1, 2011
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Senator Farley Calls on President to Expand Disaster Assistance for Montgomery County

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) called on President Obama and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to expand federal disaster assistance available to Montgomery County so home and business owners can apply for federal assistance.

While localities in Montgomery County will be eligible to receive federal assistance to pay for road, bridge and infrastructure repairs related to the storm, home and business owners were not included on the list.

September 1, 2011
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NYSEG PRESS RELEASE: NYSEG CONTINUING TO MAKE GOOD PROGRESS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

August 31, 2011 – 7 p.m.

August 31, 2011
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NYSEG: 82% OF INTERRUPTED SERVICES RESTORED

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 31, 2011 – 3 p.m.

 

>> Dry ice and bottled water locations: http://www.nyseg.com/Outages/default.html

August 31, 2011
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THE PATCH: HOCHMAN GIVES UPDATES ON IRENE IMPACT ON BEDFORD SCHOOLS

It was announced that the opening of the 2011-12 school year could be delayed if power does not return soon to affected district buildings.

August 31, 2011
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FEMA Designation Update

Update: The Governor’s Office called this afternoon asking residents to be reassured the FEMA disaster designation process for this region is not over. Again, strong concern was communicated to him that Montgomery County was left off the initial list and that residents and businesses were hit hard and are in desperate need.

August 31, 2011
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SENATOR BONACIC VISITS FOUR COUNTIES

SENATOR BONACIC VISITS FOUR COUNTIES Urges MTA to Expand Bus Service; Urges President Obama to Declare Orange and Sullivan Counties a Disaster Area  

August 31, 2011
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August 31, 2011
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Additional Information on Dealing With Flood Recovery

 

Helpful Phone Numbers:

Here is contact information for organizations which can provide assistance to affected persons.

American Red Cross of Northeastern New York (Montgomery, Schenectady and Fulton Counties): 458-8111 or (800) 831-0927

Salvation Army (Amsterdam): 842-9941

Salvation Army (Fulton County): 725-4119

Catholic Charities (Fulton County): 762-8313

Catholic Charities (Saratoga County): 587-5000

Regional Food Bank: 786-3691

Schenectady City Mission: 346-2275

Valley Alliance Church (Montgomery County): 993-3458

Franklin Community Center (Saratoga Springs): 587-9826

August 31, 2011
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Sen. Farley Statement on FEMA Designation for Schenectady and Montgomery Counties

I am glad Schenectady County was included in the expedited declaration of being a disaster zone and being eligible for FEMA aid. However, I am deeply concerned that Montgomery County was not included in the initial round. Montgomery County residents and businesses were hit hard and are in desperate need of help. I understand that federal officials will be taking a closer look at other affected communities, like Montgomery County. I fully expect that Montgomery County will receive federal disaster designation, and I am strongly urging State and Federal agencies to act quickly to make Montgomery County eligible for federal assistance.

August 31, 2011
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Senator Little assesses North Country storm damage

       Senator Betty Little talks with Jim Morganson, President of the Northern ADK Building Officials Chapter, next to the destroyed Keene Vounteer Fire Station.  Little joined Governor Andrew Cuomo, Congressman Chris Gibson, Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward and dozens of state, county and town officials for a tour of Keene, NY on Tuesday, August 30 to assess the massive amount of damage in the wake of Tropical Storm Irene.

         Following the news conference, Little accompanied New York Army National Guard Adjutant Maj. Gen. Patrick Murphy and State Agriculture Commissioner Darrel Aubertine on a helicopter tour of the Adirondacks for an aerial view of the widespread damage.

 

August 31, 2011
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MAJOR FEDERAL DISASTER DECLARED FOR NINETEEN NEW YORK COUNTIES HIT BY IRENE

The President has declared a major disaster in the following counties:

Delaware
Orange
Sullivan
Ulster
Albany
Clinton
Dutchess
Essex
Greene
Montgomery
Nassau
Rensselaer
Rockland
Saratoga
Schenectady
Schoharie
Suffolk
Warren
Westchester

This qualifies residents and businesses in these counties for direct federal assistance with basic necessities, cleanup and rebuilding efforts. For more information on the available programs please visit http://www.fema.gov/news/newsrelease.fema?id=57534. To begin applying for assistance you can visit www.DisasterAssistance.gov or call 1-800-621-FEMA(3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) for the hearing and speech impaired. The toll-free numbers will operate from 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM seven days a week until further notice.

August 31, 2011
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THE BUFFALO NEWS: Nice to see politicians involved in good cause

Everybody’s Column – The Buffalo News – August 31, 2011

Nice to see politicians involved in good cause

I attended the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis walk in Delaware Park on Aug. 6, and I must say it was a great turnout for a great cause. However, one thing that stood out to me was the lack of local elected officials. The only representative I did see there was Sen. Mark Grisanti from Buffalo. He was walking with his family to support ALS. I even had a chance to meet and talk with him and I could grasp from our conversation that he was very interested in charitable work and has genuine concern for the people.

August 31, 2011
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THE BUFFALO NEWS: Boundaries expanded to develop the Falls

The USA Niagara Development District has expanded by more than 21 acres north of Main Street to include the Aquarium of Niagara and the city’s proposed Cultural District — a move that comes as the aquarium plans to double in size during the next five years.

The board of directors for USA Niagara Development Corp., the local arm of the state’s economic-development agency, voted unanimously Tuesday to expand the boundary at the urging of Assemblyman John D. Ceretto, R-Lewiston, and State Sen. Mark J. Grisanti, D-Buffalo.

August 31, 2011
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NIAGARA GAZETTE: Aquarium's in the zone now

NIAGARA FALLS - The Aquarium of Niagara and roughly 22 acres of property surrounding it off north Main Street are now officially eligible to receive assistance from a state-run agency charged with overseeing development in the downtown area.During a meeting Tuesday, the board of directors for the USA Niagara Development Corp.

August 31, 2011
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