Andrew J Lanza's Press releases

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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Hurricane Sandy Service Update from Verizon

Hurricane Sandy Service Update from Verizon:

Verizon’s Steady Service Restoral Continues for New Jersey, New York City, Long Island Customers 

Company Technicians Have Completed 411,000 Repairs Since Sandy’s Oct. 29 Landfall 

Verizon Providing Credits for Landline Customers Who Have Reported Out-of-Service Condition Related to Hurricane Sandy

November 17, 2012
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POWER OUTAGE CHECKLIST: Minimize Food Loss and Keep Your Household as Comfortable as Possible During Prolonged Power Outages

 

For steps you can take to minimize food loss and keep all members of your household as comfortable as possible during prolonged power outages open the attached document or click here

 

November 17, 2012
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Repairing Your Flooded Home

The attached book gives step-by-step advice you can use to clean up, rebuild, and get help after a flood.

November 17, 2012
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Returning Home After a Hurricane or Flood

Getting prepared to return home after evacuating will keep you safer while inspecting and cleaning up the damage to your home.  Before returning to your home, ensure local officials have declared that it’s safe to enter and that you have the supplies you will need. Click here or open the attached document for important tips on returning to, inspecting and cleaning your home. 

 

November 17, 2012
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AMERICAN RED CROSS FIXED AND MOBILE SERVICE LOCATIONS ON STATEN ISLAND

See the lists below to find fixed feeding locations, fixed bulk distribution locations, and neighborhoods for mobile feeding and distribution.  Locations for mobile distribution of any kind are general areas; the vehicles will move throughout and identify where there is need.

November 17, 2012
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LOCATIONS OF RED CROSS EMERGENCY RESPONSE VEHICLES (Distributing meals, water & comfort kits)

The American Red Cross has Emergency Response Vehicles on the ground at various locations across Staten Island providing urgently needed meals, water and comfort kits to residents in need. Click here to find the list of Emergency Response Vehicle locations.

 

November 17, 2012
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Red Cross Distributing Emergency Materials on Staten Island Saturday & Sunday

The American Red Cross is mobilizing hundreds of volunteers this weekend to hand out tens of thousands of bags containing emergency relief supplies to families in New York City affected by Hurricane Sandy.

November 16, 2012
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LANZA'S HURRICANE RELIEF HEADQUARTERS PROVIDING HOT MEALS EVERY DAY AT NOON BEGINNING TOMORROW (11/17 - 11/21)

Senator Lanza's Hurricane Relief Headquarters, located at 4212 Hylan Blvd., will be distributing hot meals, provided by the American Red Cross, beginning tomorrow, Saturday, Nov. 17th and continuing through Wednesday, Nov 21. Stop by any time after 12 noon to pick up a hot meal.

November 16, 2012
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Help Bring Tide's Mobile Laundromat Service to Staten Island

It has come to my attention that Tide is helping those affected by Hurricane Sandy through their wonderful “Loads of Hope” program.

November 16, 2012
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Red Cross Efforts on Staten Island

I received the following update from The Red Cross today: The Red Cross has provided the following services in Staten Island:

Tuesday, November 13:

24,841             meals and snacks served to residents            

November 15, 2012
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