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The New York State Summer Reading Program

Please visit www.nyread.com to learn more about the New York State Summer Reading Program.

May 20, 2013

Patient Advocates & Health Care Professionals Rally for Medical Marijuana Bill


Patient advocates – including patients who use marijuana for medical purposes – and health care professionals rallied on the steps of City Hall today to support legislation allowing medical use of marijuana in New York. Patients suffering from severe debilitating or life-threatening conditions could be treated with medical marijuana under legislation introduced by Assembly Health Committee Chair Richard N. Gottfried and Senator Diane J. Savino. New York’s bill A. 6357/S.4406 is co-sponsored by 68 other legislators. The bill was recently reported from the Assembly Health Committee by 21-4, including 3 of the Committee’s 7 Republicans voting in favor.

April 25, 2013


Senator Diane Savino (D- 23rd District) announced today that the New York Conference of Italian-American State Legislators is now accepting applications for four $1,500 scholarships to be awarded June 10th at their Annual Legislative Conference Day. Scholarship winners must be present to receive their awards.

“Given the high costs of college, every opportunity must be made by local students and their working families to meet their required expenses with scholarships as well as with student loans, available financial aid, and personal contributions,” said Senator Savino. “I highly recommend that our area’s students apply to the Conference for these prestigious scholarships so that they may hopefully secure as much extra help with their expenses as possible.”

April 16, 2013

Old South Ferry Station Set To Open Next Week For Staten Island Ferry Riders

The lesson here is never to give up on a good idea. The station is old and it only serves the first five cars, but, it beats having nothing until the new South Ferry Station reopens. Thanks to MTA interim President Thomas Pendergast and the Governor for hearing my call to help tens of thousands of Island commuters.

Staten Island Advance Article, March 28, 2013

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Get ready to move to the first five cars of the 1 Train, Staten Island.

March 28, 2013

State to offer insurance assistance to Staten Islanders on Thursday

Staten Island Advance

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Representatives from the state Department of Financial Services will be on Staten Island on Thursday to offer insurance assistance to residents impacted by Hurricane Sandy.

The agency will set up a mobile command center at Miller Field from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Agency representatives will help Islanders contact their insurers if they have been unable to do so, and answer questions about homeowners', renters' and business owners' insurance coverage.

Those unable to attend can call the agency's storm hotline at 1-800-339-1759 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., Monday through Friday, or from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends.

November 8, 2012

Frequently Asked Questions on Storm Cleanup Provided By The New York City Department of Buildings

Q: What does the colored sticker found on my property mean?

A: In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, the New York City Department of Buildings is conducting an inspection of structures affected by the storm. Department issued inspection stickers have been placed on inspected properties as follows:

GREEN: No restriction. No apparent structural hazard was observed; you are not restricted from entering and re-occupying your building.

YELLOW: Restricted use. Property is damaged; entry limitations are specified on each posting.

RED: Unsafe. Property is seriously damaged and is unsafe to enter or occupy.

Q: Does a red sticker mean I cannot enter my building?

November 7, 2012

Some Helpful Information from the Department of Buildings - Getting Back Into Your Home After Hurrican Sandy

Q: What do I do based on the placard posted on my home?

A: The Department is inspecting buildings affected by Hurricane Sandy and placing green, yellow or red placards to let

residents know about the conditions of their buildings. All placards must remain in place until the Department announces

that they can be removed. Below are meanings of the different placards:

 Green: No apparent structural hazards were observed; you are not restricted from entering and re-occupying your

building. However, inspectors might not have been able to gain access to all parts of your building, and some

hazardous conditions may still exist, such as flooding. If you have evidence that damage to your building is significant,

November 7, 2012

New York City School Information for Parents from the Department of Education

Hurricane Sandy FAQ for Families

1. General Questions

Q: When are schools reopening? A: The majority of schools reopened to students on Monday, November 5. However, some schools that were being used as shelters or that did not yet have electricity as of Monday are being reopened on Wednesday, November 7. In addition, a number of our schools sustained severe damage and will be unable to open for some time. Students from these schools will be directed to new school buildings beginning as soon as possible this week. You can check the status of your school and find information on temporary relocation for damaged schools and the buildings that will host them on the DOE website.

November 7, 2012

Mobile Medical Vans Providing Care and Prescription Drugs

Mobile Medical Vans Providing Care and Prescription Drugs at Locations in Coney Island and Rockaways; Staten Island Service Begins Tomorrow


November 5, 2012

Snug Harbor Cultural Center Will Be Providing A Daytime Warming/Chariging/Free WiFi Center


SNUG HARBOR will provide a daytime warming/ charging/ FREE WIFI CENTER at 1000 Richmond Terrace, Building P this week from 9am to 4pm. We have food, water, radio, internet and electricity.

Please access through the West Gate on Snug Harbor Road. Building P is located next to the Tuscan Garden/ Heritage Farm.

Currently the Snug Harbor phone lines are DOWN.

Please check our website frequently (www.snug-harbor.org) for updates.


November 5, 2012

Staten Island Railway Resumes With Limited service

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- The MTA is reporting that among renewed subway and train service, limited Staten Island Railway service has resumed in both directions from the St. George Station and the Tottenville Station. The Staten Island Railway began limited hourly service at 10 a.m. as well, and service is expected to become more frequent throughout the weekend.

The Railway had been out of service due to severe damage in the Clifton station sustained during Hurricane Sandy and power outages, and track debris.

Other major restorations of the MTA New York City Transit subway system will have more than 80 percent of the system's track miles in service by the end of Saturday.

November 3, 2012

Food Assistance Information for Victims of Hurrican Sandy

Current SNAP recipient households that have lost food purchased with SNAP benefits due to a disaster are entitled to a replacement issuance of benefits provided that the loss is reported within 10 days of the event and the household returns a signed and completed form LDSS-2291, “Request for Replacement of Food Purchased with Food Stamp Benefits,” by close of business on Thursday, November 8, 2012.


Form LDSS-2291 is available at: http://otda.ny.gov/programs/applications/2291.pdf.


November 2, 2012

DMV extends renewal deadlines due to Hurricane Sandy

The State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) announced today that due to the impact of Hurricane Sandy, all driver licenses, learner permits, non-driver identification cards and vehicle registrations scheduled to expire on or before Tuesday, November 13, 2012 are extended until Wednesday, November 14, 2012.

This extension applies only to residents of New York City, and the counties of Westchester, Nassau and Suffolk. It does not apply to insurance coverage requirements. Motor vehicle liability insurance coverage must be maintained at all times during this extension period.

November 2, 2012

Insurance Information for Victims of Hurricane Sandy

The NYS Department of Financial Services urges homeowners who experienced property losses to file insurance claims with their insurers promptly and as soon as possible after losses occur. It is important to provide policy numbers and all information relevant to the loss. To best document losses, homeowners should to take photos or videos showing the extent of the losses before cleaning up damage.

Homeowners should make only necessary repairs to prevent further damage to property, like covering broken windows. Permanent repairs should not be made until after insurers have inspected losses. Damaged personal property should be kept until after an insurance settlement has been reached.

November 2, 2012


For those currently on unemployment:

Claimant Extension Date

Because of the loss of power and phone service in the storm impacted areas, many Unemployment Insurance claimants were unable to certify for their weekly benefits. The Department of Labor will extend the date of certification of unemployment benefits for individuals impacted by Hurricane Sandy from November 3, 2012 to November 10, 2012. These individuals will need to call 1-888-209-8124 and speak to an agent to receive benefits for the prior week. If you are unable to access a phone to obtain benefits, individuals can visit any of the agency’s career centers.

For those needing to apply due to job loss as result of hurricane:

November 2, 2012