Andrew J Lanza's Press releases

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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SENATOR LANZA WARNS STATEN ISLANDERS AGAINST HOME REPAIR SCAMS IN WAKE OF SANDY

Senator Andrew Lanza today warned Staten Islanders to protect themselves from home repair scam artists, who will try to take advantage of unsuspecting homeowners who suffered property damage from Storm Sandy.

December 4, 2012
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IN THE NEWS - Staten Island Advance: Insurance and legal help for Staten Islanders hit by Sandy

By Jillian Jorgensen/Staten Island Advance
on December 03, 2012 at 2:49 PM

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. - Staten Islanders in need of free insurance assistance in the wake of Hurricane Sandy can get help Wednesday at state Sen. Andrew Lanza's hurricane relief headquarters.

Lanza (R-Staten Island) will host the Department of Financial Services at his headquarters to help homeowners, renters and business owners with insurance-related issues that have cropped up after the storm. Representatives from the department can help people contact their insurance companies if they haven't been able to reach them, and can answer questions about homeowners', renters' and business owners' insurance coverage, according to Lanza's office.

December 4, 2012
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SENATOR LANZA PARTNERS WITH DEPARTMENT OF FINANCIAL SERVICES (DFS) TO OFFER FREE INSURANCE ASSISTANCE TO STATEN ISLAND STORM VICTIMS

DFS Representatives Available To Assist Homeowners, Renters & Business Owners With Insurance Questions At Senator Lanza’s Hurricane Relief Headquarters Wednesday, Dec. 5th, 9 A.M. To 5 P.M.

Senator Andrew Lanza is hosting the Department of Financial Services at his Hurricane Relief Headquarters to help to homeowners, renters and business owners with insurance-related issues stemming from damage caused by Storm Sandy. Department representatives will help citizens contact their insurers if they have been unable to do so and answer questions about homeowners’, renters’ and business owners’ insurance coverage.

December 3, 2012
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SENATOR LANZA ANNOUNCES NEW ACTIONS TO EXPEDITE SANDY-RELATED INSURANCE CLAIMS AND NEW ONLINE REPORT CARD SYSTEM FOR INSURANCE COMPANIES

 

DFS to Publish Online Report Cards Detailing Each Insurance Company’s Performance

New Rules Will Significantly Cut Time Allowed to Investigate Claims, Put More Adjusters in the Field to Help Homeowners

November 29, 2012
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Recovering From a Disaster - Health Tips & Emotional Phases of Disaster Response

Recovering from disaster is usually a gradual process. Safety is a primary issue, as are mental and physical well-being. If assistance is available, knowing how to access it makes the process faster and less stressful.

Your first concern after a disaster is your family’s health and safety. You need to consider possible safety issues and monitor family health and well-being.

Health

Be aware of exhaustion. Don’t try to do too much at once. Set priorities and pace yourself. Get enough rest.
Drink plenty of clean water. Eat well.
Wear sturdy work boots and gloves.

November 29, 2012
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Hurricane Sandy Business Recovery Centers

New York

 

Kings

The NYC Business Solution Brooklyn Center

9 Bond Street (btwn Livingston & Fulton St)

5th Floor

Brooklyn, NY  11201

 

Richmond

College of Staten Island

(The City University of New York)

Main Admin Building in Bldg 1A-102

2800 Victory Boulevard

Staten Island, NY  10314

 

Nassau 

Farmingdale State College

SBDC Training Center

2350 Broad Hollow Road

Farmingdale, NY  11735

 

Queens

LaGuardia Community College/ CUNY

30-20 Thompson Ave

Suite BA02

November 29, 2012
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NEW YORK TO TRACK HURRICANE SANDY-RELATED FUNDRAISING AND SPENDING OF 75 CHARITIES

Info Requested From Nonprofits Raising Funds For Hurricane Sandy Relief And Reported  Online To Promote Transparency & Ensure That Funds Raised For Sandy Relief Are Used For That Purpose 

November 28, 2012
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Hotel Availability through NYC & TSA

Transitional Sheltering Assistance (TSA)

The Transitional Sheltering Assistance (TSA) helps survivors stay in hotels/motels if their homes were damaged from Hurricane Sandy. FEMA has a dedicated toll free number for survivors who are eligible for TSA to call and find a hotel and request accessible transportation (if needed) from their shelter to the hotel. Please note: Hotels participate in the TSA program independently and may have to honor previous reservations.

The number is 866-863-8673. Hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. EST, seven days/week.  

City Hotel Program

November 28, 2012
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Information about FEMA Determination Letters

If survivors receive a letter from FEMA saying that they are ineligible for assistance, make sure they read the letter very carefully.  They may need to provide further information or documentation in order to qualify. The letter will explain exactly what additional information is needed. They may still be approved for help from FEMA.  They may also receive a letter from FEMA stating they were ineligible simply because they did not yet received a settlement from their insurance carrier.

If a determination letter is received stating that they are ineligible and they believe an error was made, they have the right to file an appeal. 

Appeals may be made on any decision within 60 days of the date listed on the last decision letter.  

November 28, 2012
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INFORMATION ABOUT NYC RAPID REPAIRS

What is NYC Rapid Repairs?

NYC Rapid Repairs is a FREE program to help residential property owners affected by Hurricane Sandy make emergency repairs. These emergency repairs will allow residents to stay in their homes so that they can complete more permanent repairs and finishes. Emergency repairs include permanent or temporary restoration of heat, power and hot water, and other limited repairs to protect a home from further significant damage. A homeowner must first register for NYC Rapid Repairs. The City will then schedule an appointment for a qualified NYC Rapid Repairs Team to make certain repairs for all eligible homeowners.

November 28, 2012
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LATEST LIST OF DISASTER RECOVERY CENTERS (DRC) OPERATING ON STATEN ISLAND:

Miller Field New Dorp Lane                                                                             600 New Dorp Lane8 am to 6 pm             Mon-Sun        

Corner of Father Capodanno Blvd & Hunter Ave8 am to 6 pm             Mon-Sun  

November 27, 2012
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Have a great idea for a community improvement project? Apply for a grant!

Citizens Committee for New York City awards grants of $500 to $3,000 to resident-led groups to work on community and school improvement projects addressing issues that they identify as important to them.

From East Tremont in the Bronx to West Brighton on Staten Island, the groups they support are carrying out projects as varied as community gardening, theater and fine arts, nutrition awareness, composting, beautification, tenant organizing, youth education, physical fitness, public safety, and more! For the application or for more information open the attached flyer or contact:

www.citizensnyc.org/programs/grants.html

grants@citizensnyc.org

212-822-9580/9568

November 27, 2012
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SENATOR LANZA ANNOUNCES $27 MILLION FEDERAL GRANT TO PUT MORE THAN 5,000 UNEMPLOYED NEW YORKERS TO WORK ON HURRICANE SANDY CLEAN UP

Funds Will Help Localities Hire Young People and the Unemployed to Work on Hurricane Sandy Clean-Up Efforts

November 26, 2012
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SENATOR LANZA ANNOUNCES LOWE'S TO DISTRIBUTE THANKSGIVING MEALS TO STATEN ISLAND FAMILIES IMPACTED BY HURRICANE SANDY

Senator Lanza today announced that Lowe’s will be distributing more than 22,000 traditional, family-style Thanksgiving meals from Boston Market to families in the hardest hit communities of Hurricane Sandy. These heat-and-serve dinners will be distributed on a first come, first served basis on Wednesday, November 21 beginning at 11:00 AM. The dinners will be distributed at 35 Lowe’s stores located closest to the most impacted communities in New York and New Jersey. Thirteen of these stores are in New York and two on Staten Island. Each store location will have approximately 500 meals to distribute.

November 21, 2012
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SENATOR LANZA ANNOUNCES FAST FERRY SERVICE FROM GREAT KILLS TO LOWER MANHATTAN TO AID STATEN ISLAND

Senator Andrew Lanza today joined Mayor Bloomberg and New York City Department of Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan in announcing a request for bids from New York-area ferry service operators for a new, temporary service from Great Kills, Staten Island to Manhattan that will serve communities that saw some of the worst damage from Hurricane Sandy. The new service is designed to bring immediate relief to and ease the commutes of residents in Great Kills, Midland Beach, Tottenville and other impacted Staten Island neighborhoods.

November 21, 2012
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Staten Island's Six FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers Open Thanksgiving Day

Staten Island's six FEMA disaster recovery centers will be operating from 8 a.m. to noon on Thanksgiving Day.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency  disaster recovery centers (DRCs) include a myriad of services for those who suffered losses during Hurricane Sandy. They include:

•Clarification of any written correspondence received.

•Answers to questions, resolution to problems and referrals to agencies that may provide further assistance.

•Small Business Association (SBA) program information if there is a SBA representative at the particular location.

•Guidance regarding disaster recovery.

•Housing assistance and rental resource information.

•Status of applications being processed by FEMA.

November 21, 2012
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DEPARTMENT OF FINANCIAL SERVICES OFFERING INSURANCE ASSISTANCE ON STATEN ISLAND ON MONDAY & TUESDAY

Department Representatives Available to Answer Insurance Questions from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 19 & Tuesday, Nov. 20Storm Hotline Also Being Staffed to Help Storm Sandy Victims

November 19, 2012
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