Individuals, Businesses, and Non-profits in Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens, and Staten Island Affected by Hurricane Irene May Be Eligible for Federal Disaster Aid
The New York City Office of Emergency Management today notified New Yorkers that State and federal Disaster Recovery Centers (DRC) are set to open Monday, September 26, 2011 in Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens, and Staten Island. Following Hurricane Irene, the federal government declared the four counties eligible to receive federal disaster aid for individuals, businesses, and non-profits.
The Schenectady County Bar Association emailed me this week asking me to relay to flood victims the announcement of a free clinic on Friday, Sept. 23rd, from 4 to 7 p.m., and Saturday, Sept. 24th, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Rotterdam Square Mall. Please note, this is strictly for those who have legal needs resulting from the recent natural disasters. A similar program is being conducted in Greene County by the New York State Trial Lawyers and this association said it is setting up dates to provide legal assistance to victims of Irene in Montgomery County. As soon as the dates are set, I will post the information.
Yournabe.com wrote on LaGuardia Community College's dedication to an academic hall last Thursday to former state Sen. Serphin Maltese, for whom Senator Gianaris offered kind words.
Educators at LaGuardia Community College dedicated an academic hall last Thursday to former state Sen. Serphin Maltese, a man who worked with lawmakers across the aisle and who has a lot in common with the students at the college.
“Serph Maltese is old-school,” said Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria), who spoke at the dedication. “He goes back to a time when things were bipartisan and cooperative.”
State Senator Patty Ritchie released an email she received from a flood relief coordinator in the Schoharie Valley thanking residents of Northern and Central New York for their generous response to her call for donations for victims of Hurricane Irene.
In her message, relief coordinator Debi Christman said agencies had nearly run out of food and personal items that are so desperately needed by victims of the flooding that wiped out towns, farms and homes.
"You van could not have arrived at a more needed time," Christman wrote. "We're thrilled with the awesome donations contained in that van and assure you that your efforts will greatly benefit the flood victims."
Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R,C-Brooklyn, Staten Island) recently joined Congressman Michael Grimm, Senator Marty Golden and many others at the Holy Cross Greek Festival in Bay Ridge. The festival, which took place from Friday, September 16 through Sunday, September 18, offered Greek food, music, vendors, rides and games, celebrating Greek culture in a family-friendly environment.
Senator Gianaris stands with Marcus Hagenbarth, President of the Board of Trustees of Chocolate Factory; Sheila Lewandowski, Executive Director of Chocolate Factory; and Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer to kick off the Chocolate Factory's new season at the theater's opening reception.
Brewster, N.Y. – (09/22/11) – Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson) is joining President William Jefferson “Bill” Clinton for next week’s meeting of the Spending and Government Efficiency Commission in Albany, N.Y. Senator Ball was appointed by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo as part of the 20-member SAGE Commission team, created to consolidate state government and save New Yorkers money.
Senator Serrano attended Hope Community, Inc.'s 42nd Annual Community Service Awards Gala today, and presented an honorary award to Assemblyman Robert J. Rodriguez. Rodriguez was elected to the New York State Assembly in 2010 and serves the 68th Assembly District. "It's an honor to have the opportunity to present this award to Assemblyman Robert Rodriguez for his distinctive work in the East Harlem community. Having been born and raised in East Harlem, Robert has a keen understanding of the main issues affecting this community. He has demonstrated to not only be a great leader, but a great partner in tackling many of the most important struggles of the community."
On Wednesday, September 21st, Senator Robach joined members of the Greece and Hilton Rotary Clubs to present new dictionaries to third grade students at Quest Elementary School in Hilton. The dictionary project promotes comprehension and literacy and instills at a young age the fun and importance of reading. Dictionaries are presented to 3rd grade students in the Hilton and Greece school districts.
COBLESKILL, 09/21/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today joined officials with National Grid in announcing economic development aid for upstate communities hit hardest by recent storms.
“Our small businesses and farmers, many who have lost everything in the wake of Irene and Lee, are working diligently to rebuild. Small towns and villages are also faced with a monumental task of repairing damaged infrastructure,” said Senator Seward. “With budgets already stretched to the max, financial assistance is needed to help make people whole and I am pleased National Grid is stepping up to help energize the rebuilding effort.”