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.
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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.
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.
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.
UNIQLO’s “United in Warmth” 10 Community Donation Program Distributing Premium Ultra Light Down Coats and HEATTECH Clothing Items at St. Margaret Mary Church and Our Lady Help of Christians Church Saturday, January 5th, 11:00 a.m.
DETAILS: UNIQLO, the global clothing retailer, will join Our Lady Help of Christians Church and Saint Margaret Mary Church to deliver warm clothing donations to hundreds of individuals and families on Staten Island this Saturday.
Dear Neighbor: Below is the latest Rapid Repairs update for Staten Island. While online and 311 registrations are now closed, registration only at NYC Restoration Centers has been extended through January 14, 2013. Homeowners wishing to participate in Rapid Repairs must now be registered AND sign the “Right of Entry” form by January 14, 2013. Please find a flyer with information about the new registration deadline attached. A list of where Rapid Repairs teams are currently working is below.
Rapid Repairs Registration Deadline EXTENDED at Restoration Centers – January 14, 2013:
· Online registration and registration via 311 is now closed.
Senators View Damaged Communities and Meet with Local Leaders About Recovery Efforts
The New York State Senate’s Bipartisan Task Force on Hurricane Sandy Recovery today visited communities on Long Island to tour storm damage and speak with local officials, business leaders, and individuals about the progress and challenges of the ongoing recovery efforts.
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.
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.
· 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.
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.
The most important tool in securing student financial aid is theFree 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.
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.
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.