Senator James L. Seward said today that state and federal officials report that more than $56 million in disaster assistance has been approved for New Yorkers affected by the June flooding.More than 11,300 persons have registered for aid from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) designed to assist flood victims with temporary housing, home repairs and other serious disaster-related needs as they begin rebuilding their lives. More than $18.3 million has been approved for housing, and more than $4 million has been approved for serious disaster-related needs.
State Senator James L. Seward says he will initiate a campaign to revoke New York City's filtration avoidance determination (FAD) from the EPA if the city won't step up to the plate and pay for Schoharie County's expenses related to emergency preparedness. Seward announced his intention in a letter to Mayor Michael Bloomberg. The FAD allows the city to avoid building an expensive water filtration facility.
State Senator James L. Seward has asked the state emergency management office (SEMO) for its intervention and assistance with the continued high water and flooding at Canadarago Lake. Seward wrote to SEMO Director John Gibb to request his agency's help at the lake, where properties are still flooded."I would like to see SEMO organize an emergency dredging program and coordinate removal of silt and debris which are contributing to a high lake level," Seward said.
New Yorkers affected by the June flooding have only 30 more days to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for possible federal disaster assistance, Senator James L. Seward said today.August 1 marks the halfway point in the 60-day registration period. It’s important that those who may need to register for aid do so as soon as possible, Seward added.
New Yorkers who receive disaster grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency or New York State will not pay additional taxes, lose their Social Security benefits or other government benefit programs, Senator James L. Seward said today.Disaster assistance for temporary housing, home repair, to repair or replace personal property, or for other serious needs does not count as income and will not be taxed.
State lawmakers across a wide swath of central New York targeted by New York Regional Interconnect for a 200 mile long electric power line have urged the governor to sign legislation (S. 8349-A) that would restrict the use of eminent domain by private companies when siting certain electric or gas transmission lines, Senator Seward said today in releasing the text of the letter. "A coalition of state legislators from both parties worked together with our constituents to get this bill passed to reform the use of eminent domain in New York," Senator Seward said.
The governor has signed legislation into law that would ensure the continued availability of health insurance through local chambers of commerce for sole proprietor business owners, Senator James L. Seward, chairman of the Senate Insurance Committee, said today. Senate bill 6015-B limits the premium differential for sole proprietors to 15 percent of the rate established for group coverage if they purchase group health insurance through chambers of commerce and other associations.
State Senator James L. Seward (R-C-I, Milford) announced empire zones today for three counties in his senatorial district -- Greene, Schoharie and Tompkins Counties. The empire zones were created by the legislature and governor last year for the remaining 12 counties in the state without zone designations. They are being named over a period of three years, with the final round beginning in 2007."This is great news and the fruit of a lot of work by local officials, business groups and area legislators," Seward said.
Senator James L. Seward andFederal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) officials today offered frequently asked questions about disaster aid.Commonly asked questions about disaster aid: Q: Does FEMA charge a fee for a home inspection?A: No. FEMA never charges for an inspection.Q: I have applied for disaster assistance before, do I need to apply again?A: Yes. Even if you applied for assistance for a previous disaster, you must apply again for this disaster.Q: Will FEMA assistance affect my Social Security check?A. No.
More than $1.7 million in low-interest loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration is going to NewYorkers who suffered damages from the record-setting June floods, Senator James L. Seward said today.Seward said low-interest loans from the U.S.
Senator James L. Seward today announced a special number for those who have already applied for state disaster assistance and would like to check the status of their applications. Persons may call the following number:
Individual & Family Grants (IFG): 1-888-329-7540: This number is for those who have applied for the New York State Individual and Family Grants Program under Governor George E. Pataki’s flood relief program. The helpline will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Senator James L. Seward said today the goal of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) disaster housing program is to provide financial assistance to aid flood victims in addressing their needs for temporary housing and home repairs. "Flooding victims should take every opportunity to ensure they are getting the most aid possible," Seward said. Temporary Housing: Rental assistance for temporary housing may be available if the home is uninhabitable because of the disaster.
State Senator James L. Seward and New York State Agriculture Commissioner Patrick H. Brennan today reminded farmers in flood-affected counties to make use of government assistance that may be available to them.
Senator James L. Seward said today thatthose who live onfarms or ranches and theirprimary residences were damaged by the severe flooding that began on June 26 canregister for state and federal disaster aid. Farmers and ranchers, who suffered damages to their homes and personal property, are encouraged to call and register for disaster aid with the state and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)."Some farmers couldn't get their milk to market because roads were closed and had to dump milk," Senator Seward said.
ALBANY -- Senator Raymond A. Meier, (R-C, Western) and Senator James L. Seward (R-C-I, Oneonta) announced today that a second hearing of the Senate Energy and Telecommunications Committee on the proposed NYRI power line project will be held Monday, July 17, 2006, from 6-9 p.m., at the New Hartford High School auditorium, 33 Oxford Road in New Hartford.
Senators Meier and Seward serve as members of the Senate Committee on Energy and Telecommunications. Meier represents Oneida County, where the line is proposed to begin.
Senator James L. Seward has offered sometips to speed disaster aid for those recovering from the floods of June 26-28.1. Register by telephone or online as soon as possible. Homeowners, renters, and business owners who had flood losses should call the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) registration line at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) to apply for assistance. Individuals with hearing or speech impairments should call (TTY) 1-800-462-7585. The lines are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., daily. You can also register online at www.fema.gov.
Senator James L. Seward and Governor George E. Pataki today announced that an additional $25 million in new aid would be made available to residents and small and large businesses affected by the devastating flooding that occurred last week in Broome, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Herkimer, Montgomery, Oneida, Orange, Otsego, Schoharie, Sullivan, Tioga and Ulster counties. The new aid package would build on the $35 million State Disaster Relief Program announcedlast week.
State Senator James L. Seward today said a $35 million flood relief plan announced by the governor today will be critically important to the flood-ravaged areas of his district. The plan, announced by the governor today, includes help for local governments, families and businesses.Of the $35 million, $25 million will fund assistance for individuals and families and $10 million will fund what is usually local governments' share of two key FEMA relief programs -- public infrastructure and hazard mitigation.