UPDATE: Please know that I've been working around the clock with federal, state, and local agencies to address the needs of Staten Island at this time. I've been in touch with many out of state companies who will be sending truckloads of whatever supplies we need in the next 24-48 hours. Please know that we have more than enough food, water, clothing and blankets at various locations across Staten...
I would like to extend a heartfelt “thank you” to all of those who donated food, clothing and supplies to my office. I know the people of Staten Island are both proud and grateful to have such wonderful neighbors in this time of need. The response has just been incredible, however, I would like to ask that people refrain from donating any more clothing. We’ve got more than we know what to do with and at this point people are mostly in need of clean-up supplies such as contractor bags, plastic gloves, bleach, mops, buckets, brooms, rakes, plastic storage bins etc. Thank you again for all the generous donations.
The Mayor’s Office and Human Resources Administration (HRA) have set up full-service sites with information about applying for emergency social and economic assistance. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is available to help homeowners apply for loans. Staten Island locations:
The New York State Department of Financial Services (formerly the Insurance Department) has a storm hotline up and running to answer your insurance related questions. They also have a wealth of information for consumers regarding disaster assistance on their website:
If you have become separated from your family, use your family communications plan or contact FEMA or the American Red Cross. If you evacuated, return home only when officials say it is safe. If you cannot return home and have immediate housing needs. Text SHELTER + your ZIP code to 43362 (4FEMA) to find the nearest shelter in your area (example: shelter 12345). F...
Senator Andrew Lanza has opened his district office, located at 3845 Richmond Ave. in Elltingville, to serve as a drop center for food and supplies to be donated to the evacuation centers on Staten Island which are running low on supplies very quickly. Anyone who would like to donate non-perishable food items, toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, clothing, blankets, batteries or any other items for those Staten Islanders who have been displaced from their homes, please drop them to Lanza's district office tonight up until 8:00 p.m.
The office will also be open to collect goods from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday this week for those willing and able to donate.
As you probably know, Hurricane Sandy has wreaked havoc on New York, creating historic damage to our City's transportation systems. Flooding, fallen trees and branches, and a lack of power have devastated the MTA’s infrastructure in every single borough of the city and every single county in the MTA region.
One of the most pressing issues facing all New Yorkers is increasing property taxes. For many, it is the defining factor that contributes to their exodus from our City and State. Now more than ever we need to enact a common sense plan that takes an aggressive stance and puts an end to out of control property tax increases.