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GOVERNOR CUOMO ANNOUNCES FEMA DISASTER ASSISTANCE DEADLINE EXTENDED

Residents of thirteen declared counties may apply for FEMA disaster assistance through March 29, 2013

 

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that the deadline for residents living in one of the thirteen disaster-declared counties to register for FEMA assistance has been extended to March 29, 2013. The previous deadline was February 27, 2013.

 

Federal disaster assistance for individuals and families can include money for rental assistance, essential home repairs, personal property losses and other serious disaster-related needs not covered by insurance. Residents in the following counties are eligible for assistance: Bronx, Kings, Nassau, New York, Richmond, Rockland, Westchester, Suffolk, Queens, Orange, Putnam, Sullivan and Ulster.

February 26, 2013
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PEDIATRIC CANCER FOUNDATION TO INTRODUCE STUDENTS SELECTED TO BE HEROES

Elected officials will join the Francesco Loccisano Memorial Foundation, at a press event set for Monday, February 25, 2013, at 12:00 p.m., at the Dyker Golf Course located at 86th Street and 7th Avenue in Brooklyn, to introduce fourteen students selected as “Frankie’s Heroes”.

 

The outstanding youngsters, who will be in attendance, each have an inspiring story of community service or personal health achievement. A luncheon event honoring these students is being planned for March..

 

The proceeds of the fundraising luncheon will benefit the Francesco Loccisano Memorial Foundation, established to assist the pediatric cancer community. Bay Ridge Toyota is a major event sponsor. For more information on the foundation, visit www.frankiesmission.org

February 21, 2013
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Verdi Gala 10th Season, Brooklyn's Metro Chamber Orchestra Saturday, February 23, 2013, 8pm

As the Brooklyn Renaissance continues, three local music groups will get together to celebrate the 200th birthday of Italy’s favorite musical son. The Metro Chamber Orchestra, the Brooklyn Conservatory Chorale and the Brooklyn Wind Symphony will join together on Saturday, February 23rd, at 8:00 p.m., to celebrate the 200th birthday of the great Italian master Giuseppe Verdi, in the landmark sanctuary of St. Anne and the Holy Trinity, 157 Montague St. Brooklyn.

 

125 performers will join for the grand finale, the Triumphal Scene from the grandest of grand operas, Aida.

 

February 14, 2013
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NYC DOE: Education Council application period starts TOMORROW

The application period for the 2013 Education Council Selection Process begins tomorrow, February 13, and ends March 13, 2013. Parents interested in applying to serve on a Citywide or Community Education Council can apply online or submit a paper application. We encourage you to inform as many parents as you can about this exciting opportunity to take part in supporting the schools in your community.

 

The Division of Family and Community Engagement will accept online and paper applications beginning February 13 until March 13 at 11:59 p.m.

 

§ Parents can apply online at www.NYCParentLeaders.org starting February 13.

 

February 12, 2013
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SENATOR GOLDEN TO MEET WITH COMMUNITY IN THE WAKE OF SANDY

Brooklyn- State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn), a member of the New York State Senate Bipartisan Task Force on Hurricane Sandy Recovery, will host a town hall meeting with residents affected by the storm, tomorrow, Wednesday, February 13, 2013, at 7 pm at the Sheepshead Bay Yacht Club located at 3076 Emmons Avenue in Brooklyn.

 

Senator Golden has regularly hosted such meetings as a way for people in his district recovering from Sandy, to speak with and meet with City, State and federal agencies directly. The Federal Emergency Management Agency will be among the presenters at the meeting.

 

Members of the media are welcome to attend.

February 12, 2013
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GOLDEN: SENATE CRACKS DOWN ON HIT AND RUN DRIVERS

Albany- The New York State Senate today voted to approve legislation sponsored by State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn), S. 2503, that will increase the penalties for leaving the scene of an accident where property damage, serious personal injury or death occurs.

 

This bill increases the penalties for drivers who leave the scene of an accident without stopping and/or reporting it, causing property damage, from a Class A Misdemeanor to a Class E Felony. The penalty for repeat hit and run drivers who cause property damage or personal injury, would be elevated from a Class E Felony to a Class D Felony. Drivers who flee from the scene of an accident where someone was killed would now face Class C Felony.

 

February 11, 2013
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MALLIOTAKIS, GOLDEN RALLY FOR AFFORDABLE LONG-TERM CARE

Lawmakers advocate for right of spousal refusal

 

Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R,C,I-Brooklyn, Staten Island) and Senator Martin Golden (R,C,I-Brooklyn) recently held a press conference calling for the preservation of spousal refusal, a provision in state law that helps care-giving individuals afford long-term care for their spouses, in this year’s budget. For the second consecutive year, Governor Cuomo has sought to eliminate the protection in his Executive Budget.

 

February 7, 2013
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LOCAL ELECTED OFFICIALS RECOGNIZE DISTRICT 20 INNOVATIVE ESSAY CONTEST WINNERS

BROOKLYN, NY – State Senator Martin J. Golden and Councilman Vincent J. Gentile, along with Superintendent of District 20 Karina Costantino, gathered at IS 201 today to congratulate 8th Grade students Jessica Moran & Nicholas Pilacinski on winning the 2013 8th Grade Essay Contest. The winners, who wrote about how to combat prescription drug abuse and how to combat littering, were selected based on their imagination and writing skills.

Jessica Moran, who wrote about prescription drug abuse, has won an internship with Senator Golden’s office and Nicholas Pilacinski, who wrote about inventive ways to combat littering, has won an internship with Councilman Gentile’s office.

February 7, 2013
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Winter Storm Precautions from the 68th Precinct and Community Council

Dear Friends:

By now everyone knows that there is a possibility of a severe winter storm, heading our way late tonight/early tomorrow, with predictions of large accumulations  accompanied by high winds.

 This storm can pose serious safety hazards and precautions should be taken.

If the storm hits as predicted the roads can be treacherous.  Please do not drive unless it is an emergency.  The less cars on the road the lesser the chance of accidents and the easier it will be for snow plows and emergency vehicles to navigate.

February 7, 2013
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NYC College Line launch Feb. 6

Dear Parent Leaders,

 

We’re excited to announce NYC College Line, a new web resource to provide city-specific information on the college process. As a free, online community—available at NYCCollegeLine.org—NYC College Line will allow you, your students and families to get rapid responses to all of your NYC-college-related questions, from finding local programs, to admissions and application procedures, to tips on completing college successfully.

 

February 7, 2013
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BROOKLYN BOY PIETRO SCARSO, FIGHTING DMD, JOINS SENATOR GOLDEN IN ALBANY TO RAISE AWARENESS SO TO FIND A CURE

GOLDEN SENDS LETTER TO FDA TO EXPEDITE REVIEW OF INVESTIGATIONAL DRUG ETEPLIREN, FOR TREATMENT OF DMD

 

Albany- State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) today is announcing that the New York State Senate yesterday adopted Senate Resolution J. 243, which he introduced, recognizing the Scarso Family from Brooklyn, and their son Pietro, for their efforts in their fight to find a cure for Duchenne Muscular Dystropy (DMD).

 

Senator Golden has also sent a letter to Dr. Russell Kats of the Food and Drug Administration urging him to expedite the review of the investigational drug ETEPLIREN for treatment of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.

 

February 6, 2013
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Senate Republicans Call on Governor To Remove Utility Tax Surcharge Extension From Executive Budget

Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos and members of the Senate Republican Conference were joined today by leaders of statewide business organizations to urge Governor Cuomo to remove the proposed extension of the utility tax surcharge from his Executive Budget. The 18-a surcharge, which has increased utility bills for every ratepayer in the state, is scheduled to expire on March 31, 2014. The Governor’s proposed five-year extension would cost businesses and consumers a total of almost $3 billion.

 

February 5, 2013
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SENATE BIPARTISAN TASK FORCE ON HURRICANE SANDY RECOVERY RELEASES PRELIMINARY REPORT OUTLINING RECOMMENDATIONS ON STORM RELIEF, CONTINGENCY PLANNING, AND DISASTER MITIGATION

After touring New York’s hardest hit areas and hosting stakeholder roundtables across the NYC metro area, the Bipartisan Task Force issued its first report with 10 preliminary recommendations to aid recovery efforts and assist in future disaster planning

 

February 5, 2013
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NYFed's Sandy Clinic on Feb 6

Overview

The New York Fed, in partnership with government and non-profit organizations, will provide free one-on-one assistance for Brooklyn homeowners, residents and businesses affected by Sandy.

 Date and Time

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

5 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Location

Gargiulo’s Restaurant

2911 West 15th Street (at Mermaid Avenue)

Brooklyn, NY 11224

Receive free one-on-one counseling sessions on:

FEMA and SBA claims

Insurance

Loans

Legal questions

Emotional support for individuals and families

Mortgage modifications and questions

Drop-in and get answers from experts to your questions about:

Rebuilding

February 5, 2013
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SENATE BIPARTISAN TASK FORCE ON HURRICANE SANDY RECOVERY TOURS BROOKLYN AND STATEN ISLAND

Senators View Damaged Communities and Meet with City Leaders About Recovery Efforts

 

The New York State Senate’s Bipartisan Task Force on Hurricane Sandy Recovery today visited hard-hit communities in Brooklyn and Staten Island to tour storm damage and speak with local officials, business leaders, and individuals about the progress and challenges of the ongoing recovery efforts.

 

January 31, 2013
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Elevating your home above future flooding

NEW YORK – Hurricane Sandy survivors repairing their homes with an eye toward avoiding damage from future storms can take several steps to rebuild stronger and safer.

 

If you’re rebuilding in a high risk flood area, you may have to elevate your home to meet your community’s minimum elevation regulations for construction. This will avoid future severe weather damage.

 

What are the rules for elevation?

You must follow local building codes and get the proper permits when rebuilding. This will not only make your home safer but will save money on federal flood insurance.

 

January 30, 2013
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Retirement Plans Can Make Loans, Hardship Distributions to Sandy Victims

IR-2012-93, Nov. 16, 2012

 

WASHINGTON — As part of the administration’s efforts to bring all available resources to bear to support state and local partners impacted by Hurricane Sandy, the Internal Revenue Service today announced that 401(k)s and similar employer-sponsored retirement plans can make loans and hardship distributions to victims of Hurricane Sandy and members of their families.

 

January 29, 2013
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GOVERNOR CUOMO ANNOUNCES HOUSING AND INDIVIDUAL ASSISTANCE EXTENSION FOR HURRICANE SANDY VICTIMS

Transitional Sheltering Assistance Program Extended in NY for an Additional 14 Days; Individual Assistance Program Extended 30 days

 

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), at the request of the State of New York, has approved a 14-day extension to the Transitional Sheltering Assistance (TSA) program and a 30-day extension for the Individual Assistance (IA) program. This action will allow eligible survivors from Hurricane Sandy who cannot return to their homes to stay in participating hotels or motels and enable eligible individuals the ability to receive federal assistance for repairing their damaged properties.

 

January 25, 2013
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SENATOR GOLDEN DELIVERS TAX RELIEF FOR CONDO AND CO-OPS FOR NYC

Albany – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn), the sponsor of S. 2320 which authorizes the City of New York to offer property and personal income tax benefits for condominiums and cooperatives, has issued this statement following the bill’s passage today:

 

“The State Senate has restored the property tax abatement program designed originally for New York City residents who are co-op and condo owners. This program also will provide tax exemptions to repair fire and health hazards in multiple dwellings. Today’s legislative action will further authorize New York City to adopt legislation that creates a personal income tax credit for residential shareholders of entities that pay the City’s general corporation tax.

 

January 24, 2013
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Important Message from the American Italian Cancer Foundation

Happy Valentine’s Day

Love yourself, love your life.

Early detection saves lives.

This February we want to help NYC women celebrate the month of love with a special no-cost gift. The American-Italian Cancer Foundation (AICF) will be providing no-cost digital mammograms, clinical breast exams, and educational materials to medically underserved women on its Care Clinic in Brooklyn, the Bronx, Manhattan, and Queens on Wednesdays through Sundays. We serve women who are at least 40 years old, live in NYC, and have not had a mammogram within the past 12 months.

To make an appointment for a no-cost breast cancer screening in your neighborhood, call 1-877-628-9090.

January 24, 2013
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