WHAT: Senator Andrew J. Lanza is partnering with Be The Match® (the National Marrow Donor Program® (NMDP) Registry) to help find a life-saving donor for Staten Island resident Stephen Curatolo (and other patients with life-threatening blood diseases). Curatolo is battling Stage 4 Hodgkin's Lymphoma. Thanks to reporting by the Staten Island Advance, Senator Lanza was alerted to the plight of Mr. Curatolo and will host a donor drive at his district office on Saturday, February 16th. Be The Match® offers the unique opportunity to give a life-saving marrow transplant to someone in need.
With a severe winter storm on the way that some weather forecasters already are calling a storm of historic proportions, National Grid has started preparing for widespread, prolonged power outages that could result from the predicted blizzard-like conditions. Although the path of the storm is still being monitored, we are taking steps to ensure we are prepared for this storm and we want to make sure that you are too.
Be prepared by creating an emergency kit:
Water. The American Red Cross recommends one gallon of water per person per day
Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
Con Edison Prepares for Winter Storm, Urges Customers to Place Safety Erika First
NEW YORK – Con Edison is monitoring the storm that is expected to dump snow and freezing rain on the New York area starting Friday afternoon and is preparing to respond to any outages that occur. The company reminds customers to take safety precautions and avoid any downed power lines.
2,157 Miles of Road Repairs, Finished On Time and Within BudgetIncluded Improvements to Staten Island's Infrastructure
Senator Andrew Lanza today announced the completion of all highway paving projects funded through the NY Works program. The program included replacing pavement at 172 sites across New York State, including approximately 2,157 miles of state roadways, as part of $229.9 million in contracts.
The NYC Department of Finance has extended the deadline for property owners who suffered severe damage to their property by Hurricane Sandy to submit the "Property Damage Reporting Application". Property owners must submit applications to the Department of Finance know by February 15th if they want Finance to consider it in time for the property assessment used to determine property taxes for the 2013-2014 tax year. Property owners should submit the survey if: 1) their buildings are leaning, have collapsed, or are off the foundation; 2) the walls have buckled; or 3) the basement, roof, boiler, elevator, transformer, or air conditioning have been destroyed.
After touring New York’s hardest hit areas and hosting stakeholder roundtables across the NYC metro area, the Bipartisan Task Force issued its first report with 10 preliminary recommendations to aid recovery efforts and assist in future disaster planning
Department Representatives Available to Answer Insurance Questions
Storm Hotline Also Being Staffed to Help Storm Sandy Victims
Senator Andrew Lanza announced that representatives of the Department of Financial Services will be on Staten Island this week to help homeowners, renters and business owners with insurance-related issues stemming from damage caused by Storm Sandy.
Senators View Damaged Communities and Meet with City Leaders About Recovery Efforts
The New York State Senate’s Bipartisan Task Force on Hurricane Sandy Recovery, Co-Chaired by Senator Andrew Lanza, today visited hard-hit communities in Brooklyn and Staten Island to tour storm damage and speak with local officials, business leaders, and individuals about the progress and challenges of the ongoing recovery efforts.
Senate Task Force on Hurricane Sandy RecoveryCo-Chairs: Senator Andrew J. Lanza and Senator Malcolm A. SmithRoundtable: To help communities recover from Hurricane Sandy and review recommendations for a legislative agenda to help improve New York’s ability to prepare for and respond to future stormsPlace: 250 Broadway, 19th Floor, New York, New YorkTime: 2:30 P.M.Contact: John Turoski (518) 455-3215 or Dana Carotenuto (518) 455-3595Media Contact: Nancy Probst (518) 455-3215, (518) 573-6620 or Eric Soufer (718) 822-2049ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY
Senator Lanza today announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), at the request of the State of New York, has approved a 14-day extension to the Transitional Sheltering Assistance (TSA) program and a 30-day extension for the Individual Assistance (IA) program. This action will allow eligible survivors from Hurricane Sandy who cannot return to their homes to stay in participating hotels or motels and enable eligible individuals the ability to receive federal assistance for repairing their damaged properties.
Effective January 19th, a new state law that I supported will enhance the fight against breast cancer.
The new law requires that all mammography reports provided by doctors must now include a notification to patients when it is determined that they have dense breast tissue. Patients also must be informed about the importance of discussing additional screening options with their doctor.
Research shows that dense breast tissue can make it more difficult to find cancer on a mammogram and may be associated with an increased risk of breast cancer. But according to a recent poll, 95% of women are unaware of their own breast density.
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.