Owen H. Johnson's posts related to Hurricanes

GOVERNOR CUOMO ANNOUNCES HOMEOWNERS WILL NOT HAVE TO PAY HURRICANE DEDUCTIBLES

GOVERNOR CUOMO ANNOUNCES HOMEOWNERS WILL NOT HAVE TO PAY HURRICANE DEDUCTIBLESDepartment of Financial Services Working Closely with Insurers to Speed Response to Homeowners Who Experienced LossesNew Yorkers Can Call DFS Disaster Hotline for HelpGovernor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that New York homeowners will not have to pay potentially large hurricane deductibles on insurance claims stemming from damage caused by Monday’s storm.The New York State Department of Financial Services has informed the insurance industry that hurricane deductibles should not be triggered for this storm. This will prevent coastal homeowners from having to pay deductibles in their insurance policies.

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Absentee Ballot Application Deadline Extended For Tuesday General Election

Absentee Ballot Receipt Deadline also ExtendedALBANY, NY (11/01/2012)(readMedia)-- The State Board of Elections met in an emergency meeting late yesterday and approved an extension of the deadline for absentee ballot applications as New Yorkers continue to deal with the fallout of Hurricane Sandy. The original deadline for applications transmitted by mail, fax or letter was October 30th, it is now Friday, November 2nd. This extension applies statewide.Voters may still go to their local board of elections and cast an absentee ballot in person up to Monday, November 5th.

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Hurricane Disaster Relief: FAQs and Important Contact Information

Please refer to the following information for answers to frequently asked questions and important contact telephone numbers and links.

Frequently Asked Questions 

Q. A resident is running out of food and water; what can he/she do?A. Call 311 or 211 for food and water, or seek a member of the Police or Fire Department, a member of the National Guard, or go to a shelter for supplies.

Q. When will power be restored?A. LIPA is reviewing damage, there is no definitive way to know how long. Check the following link for outages: http://www.lipower.org/stormcenter/outagemap.html

Q. When will the LIRR be up and running?A. LIRR service has been partially restored and is free for users through Friday 11/1/12. For more information http://www.mta.info/lirr/

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Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Announces Temporary Housing Rental Assistance Increase in New York and New Jersey

U.S. Department of Homeland SecurityFederal Emergency Management AgencyIntergovernmental Affairs Division Intergovernmental Affairs AdvisoryNovember 7, 2012 WASHINGTON, D.C. - As part of ongoing efforts to ensure families and individuals impacted by Hurricane Sandy get the support they need, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today that the agency is increasing the amount of rental assistance that it may provide eligible disaster survivors in New York and New Jersey.  The rental amount, based on existing HUD Fair Market Rates (FMR) for fiscal 2013, is being increased by an additional 25 percent.   

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GOVERNOR CUOMO CHANGES INSURANCE RULES SO NEW YORKERS CAN QUICKLY DOCUMENT DAMAGE AND DISCARD DANGEROUS DEBRIS WITHOUT AFFECTING INSURANCE CLAIMS

For Immediate Release: November 5, 2012 Asks Local Governments to Move Quickly to Remove Debris before Second Storm Hits Region on WednesdayImposes 30-Day Moratorium on Insurance Companies Cancelling Policies

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GOVERNOR CUOMO ANNOUNCES EXTENSIONS FOR STATE PERMITS, LICENSE RENEWALS AND PAYMENTS FOR BUSINESSES IMPACTED BY HURRICANE SANDY

For Immediate Release: November 7, 2012

Extensions by State Liquor Authority and Department of Environmental Conservation Help Businesses Meet Deadlines

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GOVERNOR CUOMO SIGNED EXECUTIVE ORDER MANDATING THE REMOVAL OF DEBRIS CAUSING PUBLIC NUISANCES IN REGIONS AFFECTED BY HURRICANE SANDY

For Immediate Release: November 6, 2012 Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed an Executive Order that declared certain conditions caused by Hurricane Sandy to be public nuisances that pose a public health hazard and ordered the relevant local officials to remove the debris.

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EXTENSIONS FOR HOUSEHOLDS TO RECERTIFY FOR SNAP BENEFITS AFTER HURRICANE SANDY

For Immediate Release: November 6, 2012

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that New York State has received approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to extend certification periods for households that are receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, formerly known as Food Stamps, so that these families do not lose their benefits due to Hurricane Sandy.

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Verizon Wireline Employees Continue Round-the-Clock Progress in Restoring Voice, Data, Internet and TV Services in Northeast; Keeping Watchful Eye on Impending Nor’easter

BASKING RIDGE, N.J. – Verizon wireline employees continue to reconnect consumers, businesses and government clients in parts of the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast, while challenges remain in New Jersey and New York due to extended commercial power outages and heavy damage to company facilities. In addition, the company is preparing for a nor’easter that may begin affecting the Northeast on Wednesday (Nov. 7). 

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MAJOR STATE BANKS AND MORTGAGE SERVICERS OFFERING RELIEF FOR HOME MORTGAGE BORROWERS IN AFTERMATH OF SANDY

For Immediate Release: November 7, 2012

Relief includes no foreclosures or late fees for 90 daysGovernor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that several major state-chartered banks and mortgage servicers have agreed to offer relief for home mortgage borrowers in the areas affected by Storm Sandy, including, in many cases, no foreclosures and no late fees for 90 days.

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