Andrew J Lanza's Press releases

Be The Match® Donor Drive - Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013: What You Need to Know Before Joining

WHAT: Senator Andrew J. Lanza is partnering with Be The Match® (the National Marrow Donor Program® (NMDP) Registry) to help find a life-saving donor for Staten Island resident Stephen Curatolo (and other patients with life-threatening blood diseases). Curatolo is battling Stage 4 Hodgkin's Lymphoma. Thanks to reporting by the Staten Island Advance, Senator Lanza was alerted to the plight of Mr. Curatolo and will host a donor drive at his district office on Saturday, February 16th.   Be The Match® offers the unique opportunity to give a life-saving marrow transplant to someone in need.

February 11, 2013
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SENATOR LANZA OFFERS TIPS FOR DRIVING DURING STORMS

The National Weather Service has issued a blizzard warning for New York City from 6 AM Friday, 2/8, to 1 PM Saturday, 2/9, with 10-14 inches of snow expected.

February 8, 2013
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National Grid Blizzard Update

With a severe winter storm on the way that some weather forecasters already are calling a storm of historic proportions, National Grid has started preparing for widespread, prolonged power outages that could result from the predicted blizzard-like conditions. Although the path of the storm is still being monitored, we are taking steps to ensure we are prepared for this storm and we want to make sure that you are too.

Be prepared by creating an emergency kit:

Water. The American Red Cross recommends one gallon of water per person per day

Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food 

February 8, 2013
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Con Edison Prepares for Winter Storm, Urges Customers to Place Safety First

Con Edison Prepares for Winter Storm, Urges Customers to Place Safety Erika First

NEW YORK – Con Edison is monitoring the storm that is expected to dump snow and freezing rain on the New York area starting Friday afternoon and is preparing to respond to any outages that occur. The company reminds customers to take safety precautions and avoid any downed power lines.

February 8, 2013
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SENATOR LANZA ANNOUNCES COMPLETION OF NY WORKS PAVING PROJECTS WITH OVER 2,000 MILES OF ROADS REPAIRED

2,157 Miles of Road Repairs, Finished On Time and Within BudgetIncluded Improvements to Staten Island's Infrastructure 

Senator Andrew Lanza today announced the completion of all highway paving projects funded through the NY Works program. The program included replacing pavement at 172 sites across New York State, including approximately 2,157 miles of state roadways, as part of $229.9 million in contracts. 

February 6, 2013
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NYC DEPT. OF FINANCE EXTENDS DEADLINE FOR "PROPERTY DAMAGE REPORTING APPLICATION"

The NYC Department of Finance has extended the deadline for property owners who suffered severe damage to their property by Hurricane Sandy to submit the "Property Damage Reporting Application". Property owners must submit applications to the Department of Finance know by February 15th if they want Finance to consider it in time for the property assessment used to determine property taxes for the 2013-2014 tax year. Property owners should submit the survey if: 1) their buildings are leaning, have collapsed, or are off the foundation; 2) the walls have buckled; or 3) the basement, roof, boiler, elevator, transformer, or air conditioning have been destroyed.

February 5, 2013
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SENATE BIPARTISAN TASK FORCE ON HURRICANE SANDY RECOVERY RELEASES PRELIMINARY REPORT OUTLINING RECOMMENDATIONS ON STORM RELIEF, CONTINGENCY PLANNING, AND DISASTER MITIGATION

After touring New York’s hardest hit areas and hosting stakeholder roundtables across the NYC metro area, the Bipartisan Task Force issued its first report with 10 preliminary recommendations to aid recovery efforts and assist in future disaster planning

February 4, 2013
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DEPARTMENT OF FINANCIAL SERVICES OFFERING INSURANCE ASSISTANCE ON STATEN ISLAND: Wednesday, Feb. 6 – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Department Representatives Available to Answer Insurance Questions

Storm Hotline Also Being Staffed to Help Storm Sandy Victims

Senator Andrew Lanza announced that representatives of the Department of Financial Services will be on Staten Island this week to help homeowners, renters and business owners with insurance-related issues stemming from damage caused by Storm Sandy.

February 4, 2013
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SENATE BIPARTISAN TASK FORCE ON HURRICANE SANDY RECOVERY TOURS BROOKLYN AND STATEN ISLAND

Senators View Damaged Communities and Meet with City Leaders About Recovery Efforts

The New York State Senate’s Bipartisan Task Force on Hurricane Sandy Recovery, Co-Chaired by Senator Andrew Lanza, today visited hard-hit communities in Brooklyn and Staten Island to tour storm damage and speak with local officials, business leaders, and individuals about the progress and challenges of the ongoing recovery efforts. 

February 1, 2013
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SENATOR LANZA & P.S. 5 KICKOFF BULLYING PREVENTION CAMPAIGN “ONE CAN COUNT”

Inspiring Young Students to Stand Up, Be Leaders and Be Counted

January 25, 2013
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SENATOR LANZA ANNOUNCES HOUSING AND INDIVIDUAL ASSISTANCE EXTENSION FOR HURRICANE SANDY VICTIMS

Senator Lanza today announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), at the request of the State of New York, has approved a 14-day extension to the Transitional Sheltering Assistance (TSA) program and a 30-day extension for the Individual Assistance (IA) program. This action will allow eligible survivors from Hurricane Sandy who cannot return to their homes to stay in participating hotels or motels and enable eligible individuals the ability to receive federal assistance for repairing their damaged properties.

January 25, 2013
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Now Effective: New Law Will Help Combat Breast Cancer

Effective January 19th, a new state law that I supported will enhance the fight against breast cancer.

The new law requires that all mammography reports provided by doctors must now include a notification to patients when it is determined that they have dense breast tissue.  Patients also must be informed about the importance of discussing additional screening options with their doctor.

Research shows that dense breast tissue can make it more difficult to find cancer on a mammogram and may be associated with an increased risk of breast cancer.  But according to a recent poll, 95% of women are unaware of their own breast density. 

January 24, 2013
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INFORMATION ABOUT STAR FOR NYC RESIDENTS - Deadline to apply is March 15th, 2013

Please open the attached brochure for information about the STAR program.

January 23, 2013
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NYS2100 COMMISSION RELEASES PRELIMINARY REPORT ON IMPROVING THE STRENGTH AND RESILIENCE OF NEW YORK STATE’S INFRASTRUCTURE

Today, the NYS2100 Commission created after Superstorm Sandy to make recommendations to strengthen and make more resilient the State’s infrastructure released its preliminary report and recommendations. Senator Lanza will be reviewing the recommendations as part of the effort to help protect New York from future storms and natural disaster.

January 17, 2013
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Assistance for High Heating Bills

There are several programs that will provide assistance to people with high heating bills during the winter season and the replacement of gas equipment that might have been damaged during Hurricane Sandy. 

January 16, 2013
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National Grid Offering Hurricane Sandy Recovery Assistance

National Grid is offering assistance for residential customers who have been most seriously impacted by Hurricane Sandy on Long Island and in New York City with a Customer Assistance Program. Eligible customers include property owners whose home has not been declared uninhabitable by the Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA) and National Grid has placed a warning tag on 

January 16, 2013
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Tunnel to Towers Foundation Distributing $250 Home Depot Gift Cards to Eligible Sandy Victims 1/20 - 1/22

Tunnel to Towers Foundation will be distributing $250 Home Depot Gift cards to homeowners whose homes are tagged yellow, red or green.

January 16, 2013
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