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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
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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
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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
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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
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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

http://www.mikebloomberg.com/index.cfm?objectid=D197C573-C29C-7CA2-F18F9...

November 5, 2012
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Snug Harbor Cultural Center Will Be Providing A Daytime Warming/Chariging/Free WiFi Center

UPDATE:

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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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HURRICANE SANDY – UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE INFORMATION

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
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Some Helpful Information To Help YouGet Through The Storm

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http://www.nyc.gov/html/oem/downloads/pdf/zoneA_evac_centers_102612.pdf

October 29, 2012
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Mayor Bloomberg ordered a mandatory evacuation of Zone A and other low-lying coastal areas

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quickly and this morning Mayor Bloomberg ordered a mandatory
evacuation of Zone A and other low-lying coastal areas is necessary. 
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October 28, 2012
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APRROVED NYSED VETERANS AFFAIRS POST 9/11 G I BILL‏ FREE TRAINING‏

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

ENROLL VETERANS OR ELIGIBLE PERSONS

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

www.gibill.va.gov

September 10, 2012
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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
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July 19, 2012
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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 www.511NY.org, part of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's plan to keep New Yorkers informed as statewide infrastructure projects get under way.

July 10, 2012
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