Governor Cuomo has announced that New York State has received $27.7 million in federal Disaster National Emergency Grant (NEG) funds.
The grant will be used to hire workers to help clean up communities affected by Hurricane Sandy in Bronx, Kings, Nassau, New York, Orange, Putnam, Queens, Richmond, Rockland, Suffolk, Sullivan, Ulster and Westchester counties.
Workers who lost their jobs as a direct result of Hurricane Sandy or workers who were unemployed prior to the storm are eligible to apply for temporary positions. The New York State Department of Labor will work with local officials to recruit and hire workers.
Senator Martin Malave Dilan, Senate Transportation Committee ranker will join Councilmember Stephen Levin, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, New York State Senator Daniel Squadron, Assemblymember Joe Lentol, the NYC Department of Transportation and the 94th Police Precinct to co-host a Greenpoint Transportation and Traffic Safety Town Hall on Monday, November 19.
Rent credits will be issued for any days of the month in which residents were without essential services (electric, elevators, heat or water) as a result of Hurricane Sandy storm damage.Rent credits will be included in the January 2013 rent bill. NYCHA asks that residents continue to pay their normal rents until the credits are reflected on their rent bill. NYCHA residents will receive additional information in their December rent bill.
The federal Small Business Administration is offering loans of up to $2 million in disaster areas. They are available to businesses of any size. Interest rates on the 30-year terms are typically 4 percent for businesses and 3 percent for nonprofits. Apply online at DisasterLoan.SBA.gov or download a application form at SBA.gov.
After spending yesterday touring the district it appears our neighborhoods in Northern Brooklyn were spared the worst of Sandy's devastation. My thoughts are with those who were not as fortunate. Thank you to our first responders who braved Monday’s storm, and continue to help those in need throughout the city.If you would like to help your fellow New Yorkers, email email@example.com with your name, email address and borough. There will be ways to volunteer today and over the next week as opportunities arise.
As Emergency Responders and utility crews make their way through our communities it is imperative that people stay inside and off the roads. Unneccesary travel can put you at risk and create major obstacles for emergency services vehicles to get to those in immediate need.Use 911 in an emergency where life/safety is threatened. 311 Online and calling 311 should be used in all other circumstances.
As a precaution, ConEd shut off electrical service to portions of South Brooklyn yesterday to facilitate quicker service restorations in the coming days. If you are without power as a result of yesterday's hurricane, ConEd has provided the following service to report outages and check in on service restorations. To report outages, Customers can report downed power lines, outages, and check service restoration status by computer or mobile device at www.conEd.com.
Hurricane Sandy is expected to make landfall this evening, with high winds continuing through the night. While New York City has already made preperations for the high winds and storm surges the hurricane will produce, families and individuals should also make preperations, keep informed and stay safe.Sandy's heavy rains and extremely high winds pose very serious risks throughout Kings County. The potential for flooding, deadly storm surges, widespread power outages, and downed power lines is very real.The New York State Division of Homeland Security is reccomending that everyone should move to, and remain in a place of safety. Ensure all windows and doors are secure, stay away from windows throughout the duration of the storm.
Congratulations and thanks to Kings County DA Charles Hynes and NYPD Commissioner Raymond Kelly on yesterday’s indictment of 11 individuals for the sale of 154 illegal guns. Six of the guns were used to commit crimes in New York City, including two shootings in Brooklyn.
The result of this year-long investigation shows how extensive the illegal gun enterprise is and the damage it has on our communities. I commend DA Hynes, Commissioner Kelly and the NYPD officers involved for a job well done.
The city Department of Education will be hosting a “Planning for Success Workshop: Supporting Transitions through High School to College and Career,” as part of the 2nd annual Parents as Partners Week, being held from October 15 to October 20, 2012.
The workshops are designed to inform parents about higher academic standards and ways parents can get involved in their child’s education, to ensure all students graduate ready for college and careers.
The Brownsville Community Justice Center is seeking a Program Coordinator to run the Brownsville Anti-Violence Project (BAVP), a new initiative geared towards reducing violence in the Brownsville community.
Responsibilities include but are not limited to, developing and maintaining relationships with local service providers and program partners, including law enforcement, faith leaders, and community stakeholders, in order to identify and access resources for individuals at high risk of being gun violence victims or perpetrators.
Senator Dilan stresses the importance of early detection
Senator Martin Malavé Dilan (D-Brooklyn) is urging women to take advantage of free breast cancer support and referral services available throughout New York City this October during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
According to the state Department of Health, one in eight women will develop breast cancer.
S.7189 consolidates bus services provided to pre-kindergarten and early intervention children under the City Department of Education.Allowing this process enables the City DOE to draw on its extensive knowledge of bus contracts and the subsequent negotiating process to ensure that pre-kindergarten and early intervention students are afforded the same process and treatment as all other New York City schoolchildren.
The Region II Federal Partners Council and Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships Subcommittee are hosting a free training workshop for faith-based and community organizations on finding and applying for federal grants on Tuesday, August 28, 2012, from 9 am to 1 pm. at Mt.
Legislation permits optometrists to certify vision related disabilities
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed into law a bill authored by State Senator Martin Malave Dilan (D-Bushwick). The legislation, S.1340A, permits licensed optometrists to certify a vision related disability for the purposes of receiving a handicap license plate from the Department of Motor Vehicles.
Senator Martin Malavé Dilan (D-Bushwick) today praised the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s plan to restore transit services to North Brooklyn that were cut as part of the MTA’s 2009-2010 cost saving actions.“The North Brooklyn communities of Greenpoint and Williamsburg lost some vital transit services as part of the 2010 reductions. Today, not only are some of these services returning, but are being expanded to meet growing demand. I commend MTA Chairman Lhota for making a little go a long way and responding to the needs of our growing Brooklyn communities,” said Senator Dilan, ranker Senate Transportation Committee.