Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) today is announcing that he is kicking off his partnership to support the annual Toys for Tots campaign and is asking residents to consider donating new, unwrapped, toys to brighten the holidays for military children. Senator Golden is also continuing collections of toiletries and cleaning supplies to help those effected by Hurricane Sandy.
Senator Golden stated “Since Hurricane Sandy badly damaged communities throughout Southwest Brooklyn, many people have brought forth donations to help these families rebuild. I know that this community will continue to show tremendous support for both of these collections, including the annual Toys for Tots campaign, as we continue to witness the best of people.”
Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) today is announcing plans to host a community meeting for the residents affected by Hurricane Sandy in the Gerritsen Beach, Sheepshead Bay and Manhattan Beach communities on Wednesday, November 28, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. at Public School 277 at 2529 Gerritsen Avenue.
Senator Golden will welcome New York State Financial Services Superintendent Ben Lawsky and staff, Mayor’s Community Affairs Unit Commissioner Nazli Parvizi and representatives of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, the Small Business Administration, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, National Grid and Con Edison.
Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) today is commending the work of the New York City Police Department who has arrested and charged Salvatore Perrone with the killing of 3 Brooklyn shop owners.
Senator Marty Golden stated, “I applaud the efforts of Police Commissioner Ray Kelly and the men and women of the NYPD who have devoted countless hours to this investigation. I know that solving these murders has been a priority since the first shooting this summer in Bay Ridge, near where Salvatore Perrone was arrested yesterday.”
Today Mayor Bloomberg announced plans for a new temporary ferry service from Staten Island to Manhattan. The new service is designed to bring immediate relief to and ease the commutes of residents in Great Kills, Midland Beach, Tottenville and other impacted Staten Island neighborhoods. Storm damage to vehicles and ongoing transportation impacts around the city have lengthened daily commutes for thousands of New Yorkers in these areas. The Department of Transportation today issued a request for bids from New York-area ferry service operators with an expectation that service would begin by November 26th. This follows the City’s work to establish a ferry route from the Rockaways and increase express bus service from Staten Island.
Brooklyn – Councilman David G. Greenfield and State Senator Martin Golden have increased to $40,000 the reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the man suspected of killing three local store owners over the past four months, including a merchant on Flatbush Avenue on Friday.
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.