Andrew J Lanza's Press releases

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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Flu season is here – find clinics near you

By virtually all accounts, we are currently in the midst of a particularly bad flu season.  With this in mind, I wanted to provide you with some helpful information about the flu, including how and where you and your family can get vaccinated. 

According to the State Health Department, it's not too late to get vaccinated for this year's flu season, and most people 6 months and older are recommended to receive an influenza vaccination each year. The vaccine is especially important for people who run a high risk of developing serious complications. That includes pregnant women, children under 5 years old, adults aged 65 or older, and people of any age with certain chronic medical conditions.

January 15, 2013
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STATE PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY DECLARED IN NEW YORK STATE IN RESPONSE TO SEVERE FLU SEASON

Pharmacists Permitted to Administer Flu Vaccinations to Patients Between Six Months and 18 Years of Age

January 14, 2013
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KEY PRIORITIES AS 2013 SESSION GETS UNDERWAY

Dear Friend,

Please accept my sincere best wishes to you and your family for a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year. I wanted to take this opportunity to highlight some of my key priorities as the new Legislative Session gets underway.

Top-Notch Constituent Service: Throughout the year, please remember that I am always here to serve you, your family and our community.  If you have any problems, questions or concerns -- or if you'd simply like to share your views on an important state governmental issue -- please feel free to call, write, e-mail or visit my district office. My key contact information includes: 

January 11, 2013
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DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AND AMERICAN WATER RESOURCES OFFER HOMEOWNER SERVICE LINE PROTECTION PROGRAMS

Optional Programs Will Shield Homeowners from Unexpected Cost of Repairs to Private Water and Sewer Lines

January 11, 2013
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Prepare Now For A Summer Job As A Pool Lifeguard

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — When it comes to staying in the swim of things on Staten Island and across the Tri-State region, there’s one pool-management firm that remains a top choice of communities and hotels — The Pool Therapist.

“It’s all about safety,” said owner Stuart Roaker, describing the focus of the Travis-based business he founded in 1987.

January 11, 2013
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State of the State: A New Session Brings New Opportunities

Governor Andrew Cuomo has just delivered his State of the State Message, helping to mark the official opening of the 2013 Legislative Session. 

January 9, 2013
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NYC Council for the Humanities 2012-2013 Hurricane Recovery Grants - Applications accepted until February 28, 2013

When downstate New York was hit hard by Superstorm Sandy late last month many of the state’s cultural organizations sustained major damage: libraries lost collections, historic sites were compromised, and museums were forced to close their doors for extensive clean up. To assist in the recovery efforts for these important community assets, the New York Council for the Humanities is offering grants of up to $1,500 to defray costs for staff, paid workers & volunteers working on storm related clean up. 

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January 8, 2013
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REMINDER: APPLICATION FOR FEDERAL DISASTER UNEMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE EXTENDED

Application Deadline Extended To February 4, 2013

Senator Andrew Lanza today announced that New Yorkers who lost their job or income due to Hurricane Sandy now have an extension from December 3, 2012 to February 4, 2013 to apply for federal disaster unemployment assistance (DUA).

Additionally, claimants now have up to 90 days to submit proof of employment or self-employment and will be provided an IRS link to expedite the retrieval of lost or destroyed tax documents.

Disaster unemployment benefits are available to provide financial support to anyone who has lost their job and live or work in the Bronx, Kings, New York, Richmond, Queens, Nassau, Suffolk, Rockland and Westchester counties.

January 8, 2013
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Storm Debris Collections Extended in Neighborhoods Hardest Hit by Sandy until Monday, January 14, 2013

Senator Lanza today announced that the Department of Sanitation will continue to handle special storm debris collections in neighborhoods hit hard by Super Storm Sandy until Monday, January 14, 2013.

January 7, 2013
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