The Weatherization Assistance Program assists income-eligible families and individuals by reducing their heating/cooling costs and improving the safety of their homes through energy efficiency measures. Energy efficiency measures performed through the program include air sealing (weatherstripping, caulking), wall and ceiling insulation, heating system improvements or replacement, efficiency improvements in lighting, hot water tank and pipe insulation, and refrigerator replacements with highly efficient Energy Star rated units. Both single-family and multi-family buildings are assisted. Household energy use reductions and resultant energy cost savings are significant, with an average savings in excess of 20%.
Prescription drug abuse is a huge problem across the Country and seems to be particularly troublesome on Staten Island. It is important that people clean out their medicine cabinets and get rid of outdated, expired and unwanted prescription drugs to ensure they don’t end up in the wrong hands.
Residents affected by last night’s storm should call 311 to report any damage to their homes or businesses. In order to qualify for disaster relief assistance, New York City must estimate the storm's total effect on city residents and employees. Residents should be prepared to answer questions about the extent of their property damage, and should take photographs, if possible, of any damage prior to debris removal or repair.
Senator Andrew Lanza today honored Staten Island veteran, Lester Modelowitz, upon the occasion of his induction into the New York State Senate Veterans’ Hall of Fame. The New York State Senate Veterans' Hall of Fame was created in 2010 to honor and recognize outstanding veterans from the Empire State who have distinguished themselves both in military and civilian life.
In light of the most recent series of brush fires that have broken out on Staten Island this week, Senator Andrew Lanza is blasting the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) for their lack of action with regards to phragmite removal. For years now elected officials on Staten Island – both Republican and Democrat - have pled with DEC to protect residents from these invasive and combustible weeds which cause dangerous brush fires. Senator Lanza says “Enough is enough.”
Senator Lanza’s bill, S.6238, requires the MTA to offer seniors a 50% discounton bridge and tunnel tolls. “Many of our seniors, who live on fixed incomes, are finding it more and more difficult to makes ends meet,” said Senator Lanza.
The Bloomberg administration is considering making New Yorkers pay for garbage pickup as a way to help solve the city's financial crisis.
Proponents of the idea say it would also cut down on waste.
A former sanitation official says many New Yorkers could end up paying less overall taxes if trash collection is separated from general taxes, and people are charged for what they throw away, not their neighbors.
Paying for trash pickup is widely practiced elsewhere.
State Senators Andrew Lanza (R-Staten Island), Frank Padavan (Queens) and Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn), today are responding to a New York State Comptroller’s report highlighting yet another financial failure of the Metropolitan Transit Authority, that of their failure to collect more than $9 million in back rent from nearly 1,000 commercial tenants.