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 ( 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:


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

Some Helpful Information To Help YouGet Through The Storm

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October 29, 2012

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October 28, 2012


Any Veteran that is eligible for the 9 / 11 G I Bill can go to Staten Island's #1 Allied Healthcare Training School National Accreditation of Colleges and Schools Approved Bureau of Veterans Affairs and enroll in their programs.

Certified Nursing Assistant / Nurses Aide

Full Medical Assistant


Under Chapter 36, Title 38 & 10, U.S. Code

September 10, 2012

NYCDOT- St. George Ferry Terminal Ramps Rehabilitation- Ramp C Traffic Shift

NYCDOT Division of Bridges is rehabilitating the ramps leading into the St. George Ferry Terminal with stimulus funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

Beginning on or about the week of Monday, August 20, work operations will begin on the south half of Ramp C (the current entrance ramp to the Kiss & Ride and South Municipal Parking Lot). As a result, traffic using Ramp C

will shift approximately twenty feet to the north. Motorists should be mindful of the change in the traffic pattern when entering the ferry terminal.

August 14, 2012
July 19, 2012

For all of those interested in traffic updates, the State of New York has a new statewide web mobile app.

New statewide Web site, mobile app will provide real-time traffic updates

Published: Tuesday, July 10, 2012, 2:35 PM

By Stephanie Slepian/Staten Island Advance Staten Island Advance

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- There's a new way to avoid traffic delays and construction projects on the state's roadways and bridges -- a Web site and mobile app that offer real-time updates and alerts, personalized maps, alternative routes, camera views and weather forecasts.

It can all be found at, part of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's plan to keep New Yorkers informed as statewide infrastructure projects get under way.

July 10, 2012

Fleet Week 2012 Schedule Of Events

Published: Tuesday, May 22, 2012

By Staten Island Advance

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. - Here is the schedule of events for Fleet Week 2012:


8:30 a.m. to noon: Parade of Ships at the Hudson River starting under the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge


8 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Free ship tours at The Sullivans Pier (formerly the home port) in Stapleton


8 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Free ship tours at The Sullivans Pier


8 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Free ship tours at The Sullivans Pier

May 23, 2012

State Senator Diane Savino’s Staten Island Rapid Transit Report Card

Thank you for taking the time to fill out the “Staten Island Rapid Transit Report Card”. Your opinions matter! Please mark the answers to the questions as indicated and click submit.

May 21, 2012