Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) today is announcing that he has written to Colonel Paul E. Owens of the Army Corps of Engineers regarding damage to the Belt Parkway seawall and has requested an emergency fix and replacement of the entire 2.5 mile section from the Verrazano Bridge to Bay Parkway.
In his letter, Senator Golden wrote “It is imperative that work on the damaged section being immediately to prevent further erosion as well as to protect the safety of the community and use of the Belt Parkway.”
The first program is for those whose homes have a Warning Tag and the gas shut off. Before the gas can be reconnected, you will need to get a plumber to certify that your gas equipment is in proper working order to avoid any additional damage. You will receive a $150 credit from National Grid, applied to your bill, to help defray the cost of that plumbing inspection. You can read a letter from Ken Daly, President of National Grid New York, about this first program.
Today Mayor Bloomberg was in Far Rockaway to unveil NYC Restore, a comprehensive new initiative to provide one-stop locations for City recovery services and federal disaster relief. The seven new Restoration Centers opening across the city this week will connect impacted residents and businesses with financial, health, environmental, nutritional and residential services, as well as FEMA reimbursement processing. These centers will be an essential long-term resource to communities as they recover and rebuild.
Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) today is calling upon the United States Department of Energy to open the 8 New York area petroleum terminals, including the Motiva Terminal in Brooklyn, to help alleviate the gas crisis facing New Yorkers.
Senator Golden is citing a report issued by the Energy Department’s Office of Electricity Delivery & Energy Reliability, issued this afternoon, highlighting terminals shut in Bayonne (HESS), Linden (CITGO), Newark, (HESS AND MOTIVA) Tremley Point (PHILLIPS 66) and Long Island (MOTIVA).
If your building was damaged by Hurricane Sandy, a licensed contractor must certify that your energy equipment has been repaired and inspected before we can reenergize your property.
A simplified process for turn-on requests will speed service restoration to damaged buildings. This process is coordinated through the NYC Department of Buildings. However, while we recover from the storm, the city is allowing building owners to file a Self Certification Form directly with utilities, to restore service faster.
Self Certification is a three-step process:
1. Get your electrical equipment inspected, cleaned, repaired by a licensed electrician.
A Disaster Recovery Center opened in Brooklyn for homeowners, renters and business owners who sustained damage as a result of Hurricane Sandy at Cyclone Stadium, 1904 Surf Avenue in Brooklyn. Hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a week until further notice.
Specialists from the state of New York, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Small Administration (SBA) will be on hand to answer questions about available disaster assistance programs and the registration process. Individuals may register for assistance online atwww.disasterassistance.gov or via web-enabled phone or tablet at m.fema.gov.
Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) today is calling on all New York City licensed electricians and plumbers to help the residents of Brooklyn’s Gerritsen Beach, who are still without electricity and gas, more than a week after Hurricane Sandy, by volunteering to complete the simplified turn-on request process announced this morning.
Senator Golden is inviting all plumbers and electricians to answer the call to help by contacting the Gerritsen Beach Volunteer Fire Department at (718) 332-9292 or visit the Vollies starting today at 43 Seba Avenue. Senator Golden is noting that almost every home needs such inspections so there is a great and urgent need for these licensed professionals.
First and foremost, I pray that you are safe and have been able to resume normal activities following the massive storm that hit our area. As you know, Hurricane Sandy left behind a path of death and destruction. Flooding and downed trees destroyed property across Brooklyn and left hundreds of thousands without power for days.
As businesses across the borough continue to survey the damage, we at the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce are here to help members impacted by the storm. All across the borough, small businesses are trying to pick up the pieces.
· Drinking water---NYC tap water is safe to drink. If you don’t have water, the Department of Environmental Protection has water-on-the-go drinking water stations at six locations in Manhattan and will keep them open from 9am-5pm daily until power is restored:
o West 23rd Street and 8th Avenue
o East 23rd Street and 2nd Avenue
o West 14th Street and 8th Avenue
o Houston Street and 6th Avenue
o Canal Street and Centre Street
o Monroe Street· Food safety--Any food – including packaged food – that was touched by flood water should be thrown away. The flood water may contain sewage or other contamination. Any food that was not consistently refrigerated should be discarded.
Brooklyn- State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) yesterday issued a request to Commissioner Joseph Bruno of the New York City Office of Emergency Management, asking that Brooklyn’s Gerritsen Beach neighborhood, that he represents in the New York State Senate, be reclassified as a Zone A for evacuation declarations.
Senator Golden’s request is that the Office of Emergency Management immediately conduct the necessary review in order that a formal change from a Zone B to a Zone A for flooding evacuation purposes be implemented.
As Sandy continues to move toward the Northeast, with hurricane-force winds extending more than 100 miles per hour from the center, the American Red Cross continues to mobilize resources and workers across the Greater New York Region to help those in our area who are being affected by this massive storm.
In anticipation of Sandy making landfall in our area, the American Red Cross has been mobilizing hundreds of disaster responders, positioning relief supplies and working closely with government and community partners in preparation for a large-scale response.
Last night the Red Cross operated 20 shelters across our region with more than 700 people seeking refuge.
As the day goes on the weather conditions will continue to intensify. There will be heavy rains and heavy winds. It will be dangerous to be outside.
Trees, limbs, and power lines can come down. Debris will be flying around. There could be flooding and there could be power outages.
The 68th Precinct is here to help you- but it is important that everyone acts wisely. Please stay away from the shoreline (69th Street Pier, Shore Road bike/walking path, and the Belt Parkway bike/walking path). The 69th Street Pier is now closed.
Do not go outside unless it is absolutely necessary. Do not drive unless it is absolutely necessary.
I would like to thank everyone for their support and cooperation during the past few days. I would also like to remind everyone that if they know of any critical care patients that may need immediate assistance, please call 911.
I would like to take this opportunity to update the community regarding street closures. Due to the rising water and flooding in the Sheepshead Bay area, Emmons Avenue will be closed in both the east bound and west bound directions. Motorists who must travel will be directed to use the Belt Parkway service roads (Shore Parkway).