Andrew J Lanza's Press releases

Statement from Senator Andrew Lanza on New Unemployment Data

The unemployment data released last week proves that our efforts to make New York more economically competitive are working. According to the state Labor Department, New York added 83,500 new private sector jobs this year and the state’s unemployment rate dropped in November.

Over the past two years, the Senate partnered with Governor Cuomo to reduce business taxes, put the brakes on rising property taxes and provide strategic economic investments across our state to encourage job creation and business growth.  

December 28, 2012
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LAWS TO PROTECT DOMESTIC VIOLENCE VICTIMS AND ENCOURAGE SOLAR ENERGY USE AMONG MEASURES THAT TAKE EFFECT ON JANUARY 1, 2013

        A new sales tax exemption designed to encourage solar energy use and a law to provide new protections for domestic violence victims highlight the list of new state laws that take effect on January 1, 2013.  Other measures that take effect on New Years Day include laws that help craft brewers distribute their products, prohibit the sale of e-cigarettes to minors, and authorize new ways for colleges to provide health insurance for students.

December 28, 2012
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Update on NYC Rapid Repairs for Staten Island - December 31st deadline

Rapid Repairs Signup Deadline – December 31:

·         The deadline for signing up for Rapid Repairs is December 31. 

·         Any homeowner wishing to participate in Rapid Repairs must be registered AND sign the “Right of Entry” form by December 31, 2012.  This deadline was established by FEMA.

·         New registrants can call 311, visit an NYC Restoration Center, or visit nyc.gov to register and obtain the “Right of Entry” form. This form can be returned via email, fax, in person or paper mail. Details can be found here. 

December 28, 2012
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Financial Planning Association of New York Pro Bono Committee - Sandy Disaster Financial Relief Program

SIBOR is partnering with The New York Chapter of the Financial Planning Association, a professional organization comprised mostly of Certified Financial Planners, lawyers, insurance professionals, and other financial advisors. Its pro bono committee is looking to give back to the community. The FPA frequently holds workshops and seminars to teach the public about finances.

Following Superstorm Sandy, the FPA NY Pro Bono committee announced that they will conduct local seminars and hold planning workshops providing individual advice to impacted residents and businesses. Their services are free of charge and there will be no attempt to sell any products or services.

There is an upcoming workshop at:

Location: SIBOR at 1535 Richmond Avenue

December 20, 2012
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College-Bound Students and Families: It’s Time to Complete the FAFSA

The most important tool in securing student financial aid is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, the FAFSA.

“Start Here to Get There,” the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation’s (HESC) campaign for student financial aid awareness, is taking place throughout the month of January 2013 to encourage and help families to complete the FAFSA, the first step in applying for free or low-cost federal and state aid.

Schools, community groups and other organizations will hold FAFSA completion events at which students and families can get help completing the FAFSA online. 

December 19, 2012
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SENATOR ANDREW LANZA & NYLAG OFFER FREE LEGAL HELP TO STATEN ISLAND STORM VICTIMS THURSDAY, DEC. 27th

Senator Lanza is partnering with the New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG) in bringing a legal aid disaster relief program to Staten Island to help victims of the storm deal with a range of legal issues. Senator Lanza secured state funding for NYLAG's Mobile Legal Help Center – a vehicle staffed with lawyers and equipped with private meeting rooms and technology inside, which functions as a full-service office.

December 19, 2012
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Rapid Repairs Staten Island Update & Signup Deadline (December 31)

The deadline for signing up for Rapid Repairs is December 31. 

·         Any homeowner wishing to participate in Rapid Repairs must be registered AND sign the “Right of Entry” form (attached below) by December 31, 2012.  This deadline was established by FEMA.

·         New registrants can call 311, visit an NYC Restoration Center, or visit nyc.gov to register and obtain the “Right of Entry” form. This email can be returned via email, fax, in person or paper mail. Details can be found here. The ROE form is attached.

December 18, 2012
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HOLIDAY TOY STORE SPONSORED BY SENATOR ANDREW LANZA & WHERE TO TURN OFFERS FREE TOYS FOR VICTIMS OF HURRICANE SANDY - OVER 2,000 TOYS DISTRIBUTED IN FIRST WEEK, SANDY VICTIMS ENCOURAGED TO SHOP FOR FREE

The Holiday Toy Store for Sandy Relief opened by Where to Turn and Senator Lanza on December 8th has already distributed over 2,000 toys to families impacted by Sandy.

The store, located at 3948 Amboy Road in space donated by ATU Local 726, will remain open every day through Christmas Eve.

December 18, 2012
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SENATOR LANZA ANNOUNCES FEMA EXTENDS TRANSITIONAL SHELTERING ASSISTANCE PROGRAM IN NY FOR AN ADDITIONAL FOUR WEEKS

Senator Andrew Lanza today announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), at the request of the state of New York, has approved a four-week extension to the Transitional Sheltering Assistance program, which allows eligible survivors from Hurricane Sandy, who cannot return to their homes, to stay in participating hotels or motels.The new extension will allow applicants to remain in participating hotels during the holiday season. FEMA will call applicants eligible for the extension to notify them of the extended four-week period and the checkout date of Jan. 12, 2013.

December 17, 2012
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Statement from Senator Andrew Lanza on Sandy Hook Elementary Massacre

As the father of three young children and the husband of a NYC school teacher I am shocked and heartbroken over the horrific mass murder at Sandy Hook Elementary School this morning in Newtown, Connecticut. My thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims, most of whom were young children. There is never an answer for this type of senseless and depraved act of evil. At this time I ask all Staten Islanders and people of good will throughout the state to stand in support and pray for the victims and families. 

December 14, 2012
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SENATOR LANZA ANNOUNCES FEMA EXTENDS TRANSITIONAL SHELTERING ASSISTANCE PROGRAM IN NY FOR AN ADDITIONAL FOUR WEEKS

Senator Andrew Lanza today announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), at the request of the state of New York, has approved a four-week extension to the Transitional Sheltering Assistance program, which allows eligible survivors from Hurricane Sandy, who cannot return to their homes, to stay in participating hotels or motels.The new extension will allow applicants to remain in participating hotels during the holiday season. FEMA will call applicants eligible for the extension to notify them of the extended four-week period and the checkout date of Jan. 12, 2013.

December 14, 2012
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INFORMATION ABOUT MOLD REMEDIATION

Repairing homes damaged by flooding from Hurricane Sandy requires safe work practices to reduce dust and stop mold growth. Mold can worsen asthma and trigger allergies in sensitive people and is a health risk for those with weakened immune systems. Dust from cleanup and repairs can irritate eyes, nose, throat, and lungs.

December 13, 2012
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Senator Andrew Lanza to Co-Chair New Bipartisan Task Force for Hurricane Sandy Recovery

 

As New York State begins large-scale rebuilding efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, members of the New York State Senate today announced the formation of a bipartisan Senate task force charged with undertaking some of the recovery’s biggest challenges. As federal and state aid begins to materialize, task force members will play a pivotal role in developing the short and long-term plans that will help these communities get back on their feet. Each task force member represents one of New York State’s hardest hit areas and is thus uniquely qualified to pinpoint those neighborhoods and businesses that are most in need. 

December 10, 2012
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Cessation of Pumpout Operations for Damaged Home Heating Oil Tanks

Important Notice for NYC Residents

Dear New York City Resident,

During the initial weeks of the response to the Hurricane Sandy, it was essential for NYSDEC to work rapidly to prevent home heating oil spills from creating additional damage to the environment or presenting threats to public health.

The NYSDEC acted quickly to prevent spills by removing oil from basements and damaged tanks. As of early December, the NYSDEC’s initial emergency response actions have largely been concluded.

December 6, 2012
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NYC BUSINESS SOLUTIONS - Hurricane Sandy Emergency Small Business Recovery Loan Fund

Loan amounts range: $5,000 to $25,000Uses of Loan Funds:

December 5, 2012
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