Dear Friends and Neighbors:After careful reflection and deep discussion with my wife Christel and my family, I have decided to not seek re-election to the New York State Senate. Propelled by the support of so many good people, I have enjoyed a fruitful forty year career, but now is the time for me to put my family and health first.
Over 15 mortgage lenders and 8 insurance companies will be coming to meet with their customers who have been impacted by Sandy this Saturday, December 15. This one-time event is an ideal opportunity for people who are dealing with double-endorsed insurance payments; insurance payments going directly to the banks; facing trouble making their mortgage payments because of loss or work and expenses -- some banks are able to lower or stop mortgage payments for up to a year! There will be representatives from the NYS Attorney General, NYS Dept. of Financial Services, FEMA and HUD –approved housing counselors there too.
Newsday: December 10, 2012 9:44 PMUpdated: December 10, 2012 9:53 PMBy PAUL LAROCCO email@example.com A small group of Suffolk war veterans will gather this week to help each other cope with post-traumatic stress disorder -- making the county one of the first to test a new peer-to-peer support program. County officials Monday launched the Pfc. Joseph Dwyer program, named after the Mount Sinai native who died from a drug overdose in 2008, five years after he was immortalized in a widely published photograph showing his rescue of a child during combat in Iraq.
More Than 59,000 New Yorkers Hired Via Jobs Express Since October 2011As Extended Unemployment Benefits Expire, Governor Urges Long-Term Unemployed to Apply For These JobsGovernor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that Jobs Express, a website designed to help New Yorkers who are seeking employment, currently has more than 74,000 job openings available.The site has helped more than 59,000 individuals find work since its October 2011 launch. As extended unemployment benefits expire for thousands of New Yorkers this month, the Governor urges long-term unemployed, now more than ever to apply for these jobs.
GOVERNOR CUOMO ANNOUNCES FEMA DISASTER ASSISTANCE DEADLINE EXTENDED Residents of thirteen declared counties may apply for FEMA disaster assistance through January 28, 2013Governor 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 January 28, 2013. The previous deadline was December 31, 2012.
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today warned New Yorkers to protect themselves from home repair scam artists, who will try to take advantage of unsuspecting homeowners who suffered property damage from Storm Sandy.“Most people and businesses will be hard at work rebuilding, but sadly some dishonest people will try to take advantage of others misfortune to make a quick dishonest buck,” said Governor Cuomo. “You don’t want to add being cheated to the damage you have already suffered from the storm. You can protect yourself by being on guard and taking simple precautions.”
DFS to Publish Online Report Cards Detailing Each Insurance Company’s Performance New Rules Will Significantly Cut Time Allowed to Investigate Claims, Put More Adjusters in the Field to Help HomeownersAfter meeting with top insurance company executives this week, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced a series of measures to expedite the payment of claims for New Yorkers affected by Hurricane Sandy and launched a new online report card system, www.NYInsure.ny.gov, to hold insurance companies accountable.
STORM RECOVERY UPDATEPosted: November 26, 2012 IMPORTANT ELECTRICAL SAFETY NOTICE - PLEASE TAKE THIS VERY SERIOUSLYJust because power has been restored and you have not experienced immediate electrical problems, your system may still be damaged creating an extremely serious fire hazard. If your home has been affected by flooding, or if you’re uncertain whether your home has been affected by flooding, you should take immediate steps to have your electrical system checked by a licensed electrical contractor as soon as possible. Make any necessary repairs suggested by the contractor.
Funds Will Help Localities Hire Young People and the Unemployed to Work on Hurricane Sandy Clean-Up EffortsGovernor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that the state has secured a $27 million federal grant that will help put more than 5,000 unemployed New Yorkers to work helping clean-up communities still recovering from Hurricane Sandy.
Department Representatives Available to Answer Insurance Questions at Sites in Nassau and Suffolk CountiesStorm Hotline Also Being Staffed to Help Storm Sandy VictimsBenjamin M. Lawsky, Superintendent of Financial Services, announcedrepresentatives of the Department of Financial Services will be at fourlocations on Long Island to offer help to homeowners, renters and businessowners with insurance-related issues stemming from damage caused by StormSandy.The Department's representatives will be available to meet with residentsinside the agency's Mobile Command Center, which will be stationed at theselocations:Nassau County
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced an $8.2 million grant from FEMA to provide a Crisis Counseling Assistance and Training Program called ‘Project Hope’ for New Yorkers in the hardest hit areas of Hurricane Sandy. The State Office of Mental Health (OMH) applied for the grant which will provide outreach, crisis counseling and educational services to individuals in New York City, Long Island and the Lower Hudson Valley. As the state continues to recover from the storm, the program will receive additional funding to expand.
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that FEMA will issue Emergency Assistance for New Yorkers whose homes were affected by Hurricane Sandy. At the Governor’s request, FEMA will bring in contractors in order to perform basic repairs so that residents can return to their homes while more long term repairs are in progress. Only residents in the federally-declared declared counties are eligible to participate in this program. Homeowners in these localities who want to apply for assistance should contact their county or local officials to receive contractor support. Homeowners must be registered with FEMA, which they can do by calling 800-621-FEMA (3362).
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that the New York Bankers Association (NYBA) and the New York Business Development Corporation (NYBDC) have agreed to establish a $10 million small business emergency loan fund to provide immediate financial assistance for businesses impacted by Storm Sandy. Under the fund, businesses will be able to apply for loans of up to $25,000 immediately by going to www.esd.ny.gov or calling 1-855-NYS-SANDY.
Senator Owen H. Johnson joined LIRR representatives and elected officials on October 16, 2012 for the official ribbon cutting for the new high tech train wash in Babylon that cleans the LIRR electric train fleet.
Senator Owen H. Johnson said: "I am pleased that our new high tech railroad car wash in Babylon Village provides our residents with clean and properly maintained railroad cars. I applaud the use of green technology such as solar panels producing electricity to operate the facility and water treatment systems allowing for recycling and safe disposal into our sewer system. This is a fine example of government embracing new technologies that help both the commuter and the environment."
Senator Owen H. Johnson (4th SD) recently joined Assemblyman Phil Boyle (8th AD), Assemblyman Joseph Saladino (12th AD), and NYS Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) Commissioner Courtney Burke at the Long Island Family Support Services Advisory Council’s 20th Annual Legislative Breakfast. Attendees included consumers with developmental disabilities, family members, advocates and staff of agencies that deliver services in the disabilities field. The breakfast took place at the Long Island Hilton Hotel on October 19, 2012.
Student Loan Relief: New Yorkers in Disaster Counties Eligible for 90 Day Grace Period to Pay LoansGovernor Andrew M. Cuomo directed New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) to grant temporary student loan relief to New Yorkers who were affected by Hurricane Sandy. If requested, New Yorkers in Bronx, Kings, Nassau, New York, Queens, Richmond, Rockland Suffolk and Westchester counties are now eligible to receive a 90 day grace period, from October 27th, 2012 to January 25th, 2013, in order to repay their student loan payments. All members of the military who have been called to assist in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy will also be eligible.
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that several major state-chartered banks have agreed to waive a number of fees and penalties in response to the impact on consumers by Storm Sandy. State-chartered banks that will drop the fees include M&T Bank, Apple Savings, Dime Savings Bank of Williamsburgh, Emigrant Savings Bank and New York Community Bank.
Organizations like the American Red Cross, Salvation Army, Island Harvest and Long Island Cares, may need volunteers to assist with manning shelters, food and clothing distribution, and emergency assistance as the effects of the storm linger.The Long Island Volunteer Center, a New York State-designated Regional Volunteer Center, is coordinating local efforts as well. Those interested in volunteering should visit the Center’s website at www.longislandvolunteercenter.org and fill out a registration form. The Center will then assess where the need is most dire and make the appropriate assignment.