Martin J. Golden's Press releases

Statement on Volunteer Efforts During Hurricane Irene

Senator Golden stated "It is with honor that I commend the hard work of the many volunteers that came out during Hurricane Irene, in both preparation for and the aftermath of this natural disaster. CERT 1 NYC, CERT Brooklyn Community Board 15 and Marine Park, the Gerritsen Beach Volunteer Fire Department, BRAVO Volunteer Ambulance, Flatlands Volunteer Ambulance and Bensohurst Volunteer Ambulance kept us safe here in Southwest Brooklyn. The tireless efforts of these volunteers help to make our communities as strong as they are. I would like to extend my appreciation to everyone who helped out during this crisis situation and share my happiness over the neighborly acts that we have seen throughout Hurricane Irene's impact!"

August 30, 2011
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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION TO OPEN REGISTRATION CENTERS ACROSS THE CITY THIS WEEK FOR NEW STUDENTS

Annual Late Summer Registration Effort for New or Re-entering Students Runs

August 31 - September 16

 

The New York City Department of Education today announced that it will open 12 Student Registration Centers on Wednesday, August 31, to enroll new students for the opening of school. Procedures vary across the following categories of students:

 

All new high school students or those re-entering the system after an absence—both general education and special education— should register at a Student Registration Center in their borough of residence.

August 30, 2011
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Here is an update of where MTA services stand as of 11:00 this morning.

Subways:

 

* All service is running with very limited exceptions (such as no express service on some lines). There had been severe flooding in some areas where some pumps had failed, but these issues have been resolved and all stations are getting service.

 

 

 

Buses:

 

* All routes are running in NYC and Nassau County. Some routes may have detours around some fallen trees, but these are minor.

 

 

 

Paratransit:

 

* Access-A-Ride and Able Ride will be operating normally by noon today. This morning, they are focusing on returning evacuees to hospitals, nursing homes, and residences.

 

 

 

LIRR:

 

August 29, 2011
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Governor Cuomo: Immediate Steps New Yorkers Should Take Regarding Hurricane Property Losses and Insurance Claims

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today provided advice to New Yorkers on what to do if they suffered property damage from Hurricane Irene.

 

 

"The days following a natural disaster can be confusing and stressful, but it is important for those who have suffered property damage to file an insurance claim as quickly as possible to help protect their financial future," Governor Cuomo said.

 

 

August 29, 2011
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Airport Update from Notify NYC

JFK and Newark Liberty International Airports, arrivals have resumed as of 06:00 AM this morning. Departures will resume today at noon. LaGuardia Airport, arrivals and departures have resumed service. Check with your carrier before going to the airport to confirm your flight information.

August 29, 2011
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August 29, 2011 10:00 a.m. Con Ed Conference Call Highlights

175 Con Edison crews

177 Mutual Aid Crews

188 tree crews for clearing

 

Brooklyn still has 5,300 still without power

weather is cooperating and allowing crews to work safely

 

anticipating that by 11:59 p.m. Tuesday (tomorrow night), majority of all repairs will be done

 

another call at 2:00 p.m.

August 29, 2011
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Some updates regarding the MTA and Airports

MTA is resuming bus service since 4:30pm today.  Subway service will resume at 6am with delays.  Access a Ride will resume at noon.  Airports will be open at 6am tomorrow.

August 28, 2011
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Hurricane Irene's Impact on the MTA

Here’s an update on the Hurricane Irene’s impact to the MTA system and what we are doing to restore service. There are widespread impacts of the storm throughout our system, including flooding, down trees and power outages.

 

It is clear that the actions the MTA took before the storm to secure our equipment and make sure that our employees were safe before the hurricane hit were correct. The yards and depots from which we moved equipment are now underwater. Our actions prudently protected our assets and will help us to restore service.

 

August 28, 2011
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THE GREATER NEW YORK RED CROSS RESPONDS TO IRENE-UPDATE

Dear Elected Officials,

Below please find the latest information on the American Red Cross response to Hurricane Irene and important safety information. I encourage you to share the information below with your constituents:

As of 2:00 PM Today:

 

· Hurricane Irene, which made first landfall in New York at approximately 9 am today, bringing significant rain and flooding, is now passing out of the Tri-State region.

· As a result of yesterday’s evacuations of flood-prone neighborhoods in New York City, Long Island, Westchester, the Lower Hudson Valley and Greenwich, Connecticut, the Red Cross has been operating or supporting more than 150 shelters, providing more than 10,000 evacuees with a secure, dry, place to overnight.

August 28, 2011
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2pm Conference Call with Con Edison

Just finished conference call - some points from the call are that there

are 13,683 without power in Brooklyn

 

-Con Edison is moving into the restoration phase at this point and will be

accessing damage and dispatching crews over the next few hours -

 

- locations in Marine Park without power and without traffic lights, as

well as tree down on car on East 36th Street have been reported (some

already were by our office)

 

 

-They are coordinating with Parks and Con Edison regarding trees

-200 tree crews on stand by to clear lines and open roadways

 

-continue to prioritize based on how many people would get power restored -

obviously the more go first

 

August 28, 2011
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Con Ed Updates

Con Edison continues to note that the can not send crews out yet as the

storm has not ended yet and there are many overhead outages - they must

wait for the wind to slow

 

-105,000 citywide without power

 

-11,750 in Brooklyn

 

Con Edison is cautiously optimistic as high tide has passed and bulk of the

rain has moved north -

 

-they will prioritize restorations based on which repairs will restore the

power to the most people

 

-there were no preemptive outages in Brooklyn - restorations could start

early afternoon but it could take several days

 

-there is an outage map on coned.com on the bottom left -"Storm Central"

August 28, 2011
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Hurricane Irene: Saturday 10:30pm Update

Dear Elected Official:

 

 

 

The edge of the hurricane is now upon us and conditions are expected to deteriorate rapidly. Please use the following information to best prepare your constituents for the duration of the storm.

 

 

 

Latest Developments

 

* According to the National Weather Service, tropical force winds can be expected from this point forward.

* In addition, a tornado warning has been issued for the city until 5am on Sunday.

* The time for evacuation is over. Everyone should now be inside -- and be prepared to stay inside -- until weather conditions improve, which likely will not be until Sunday afternoon.

August 28, 2011
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Hurricane Irene: Saturday 10:30pm Update

Dear Elected Official:

 

 

 

The edge of the hurricane is now upon us and conditions are expected to deteriorate rapidly. Please use the following information to best prepare your constituents for the duration of the storm.

 

 

 

Latest Developments

 

* According to the National Weather Service, tropical force winds can be expected from this point forward.

* In addition, a tornado warning has been issued for the city until 5am on Sunday.

* The time for evacuation is over. Everyone should now be inside -- and be prepared to stay inside -- until weather conditions improve, which likely will not be until Sunday afternoon.

August 28, 2011
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GOVERNOR CUOMO ADDS THE THROGS NECK AND BRONX-WHITESTONE BRIDGES TO LIST OF BRIDGES WITH TOLL SUSPENSIONS

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo tonight announced the MTA will add the Throgs Neck and the Bronx-Whitestone bridges to the list of bridges with toll suspensions. Earlier, Governor Cuomo announced that in order to facilitate the mandatory evacuation of residents living in low-lying Zone A areas and the Rockaways, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) will suspend certain fares and tolls.

 

The fare and toll suspension is effective in the following areas:

· Tolls are already suspended at the Cross Bay Veterans Memorial Bridge and the Marine Parkway-Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge.

· Starting at 8:00 PM today, the following changes will go into effect:

August 27, 2011
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CON EDISON PREPARES FOR IRENE’S MOVE ON NEW YORK CITY, WESTCHESTER

Monitoring electric, gas & steam for outages

 

 

NEW YORK – As Hurricane Irene approaches New York, Con Edison is closely monitoring the storm’s progress and preparing for the possibility of extensive outages to electric, gas, and steam customers. The company is urging all New Yorkers to strictly adhere to evacuation orders from local officials.

 

The storm’s high winds have the potential to topple trees and power lines throughout the company’s service area. Con Edison crews are moving extra equipment such as utility poles, transformers, and cable to staging areas throughout the five boroughs and Westchester County to help expedite repairs and restoration of service in the event of outages.

 

August 27, 2011
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IMPORTANT LOCAL NUMBERS:

61st Precinct (718) 627-6611

62nd Precinct: (718) 236-2611

63rd Precinct (718) 258-4411.

68th Precinct: (718) 439-4211

72nd Precinct: (718) 965-6311

Bravo Volunteer Ambulance: (718) 680-1111

Bensonhurst Volunteer Ambulance: (718) 256-1211

Gerritsen Beach Vollies: (718) 332-3333

Flatlands Volunteer Ambulance: (718) 338-0444

Report any power outages to Con Ed at 1-800-75-CONED

Call 911 in an emergency and 311 for other needs from the City 

August 27, 2011
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BISHOP NICHOLAS DIMARZIO LIFTS OBLIGATION TO ATTEND MASS IN AREAS FACING MANDATORY EVACUATION

Brooklyn, N.Y., Aug. 26, 2011 – Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio said today in a statement regarding Hurricane Irene:

“In light of the serious threat posed by Hurricane Irene, which is due to hit our area over the weekend, I urge the faithful of the Diocese of Brooklyn to use caution and prepare for this dangerous storm. 

It goes without saying that for those areas of the Diocese under mandatory evacuation, the obligation to attend Mass this Sunday has been lifted, as well as for those areas where travel is considered dangerous due to weather conditions, age, or infirmity. The Sunday obligation remains in place for all those who can reasonably attend services this weekend. 

August 27, 2011
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GOVERNOR CUOMO ANNOUNCES SUSPENSION OF CERTAIN MTA FARES AND TOLLS TO FACILITATE EVACUATION

MTA working to ease evacuation for residents in Zone A and the Far Rockaways

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that in order to facilitate the mandatory evacuation of residents living in low-lying Zone A areas and the Far Rockaways, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) will suspend certain fares and tolls.

"The only approach to a storm of this magnitude is to act preemptively. Waiving fares may be the factor that convinces some people to leave promptly when they might otherwise be tempted to stay and confront this hurricane," Governor Cuomo said.

The fare and toll suspension is effective in the following areas:

· Tolls are already suspended at the Cross Bay Veterans Memorial Bridge and the Marine Parkway-Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge.

August 26, 2011
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GOVERNOR CUOMO ADVISES NEW YORKERS TO PREPARE FOR PROPERTY DAMAGE AND LOSSES AS HURRICANE IRENE APPROACHES

Encourages New Yorkers to Review Insurance Information, Keep Emergency Claim Numbers Readily Available, Watch out for Scams

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today urged homeowners to prepare for the potential economic impact of Hurricane Irene by reviewing their insurance policies, gathering emergency claim numbers, securing insurance information and watching out for potential scam artists looking to take advantage of the potential disaster.

August 26, 2011
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CON EDISON ON HIGH ALERT AS HURRICANE IRENE HEADS FOR NEW YORK

NEW YORK – As Hurricane Irene approaches New York, Con Edison is closely monitoring its progress and is preparing for the possibility of extensive outages to electric, gas and steam customers.

The company is taking all the necessary steps to prepare for the potential impacts of this storm. The storm’s high winds have the potential to topple trees and power lines throughout the company’s service area.

August 25, 2011
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