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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

November 7, 2012
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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

November 7, 2012
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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.

November 7, 2012
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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.

November 7, 2012
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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). 

November 7, 2012
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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.

November 7, 2012
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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.   

November 7, 2012
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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/

November 2, 2012
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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.

November 1, 2012
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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.

November 1, 2012
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Apply For U.S. Small Business Administration Disaster Loans For Homeowners, Renters, Businesses And Private, Nonprofit Organizations

Whether you rent or own your own home, own your own business, or own a small agricultural cooperative located in a declared disaster area, and are the victim of a disaster, you may be eligible for financial assistance from the U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

October 31, 2012
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Suffolk County Shelters Open For Hurricane Sandy's Arrival

Babylon Supervisor Rich Schaffer has issued an executive order declaring a State of Emergency for the entire Town of Babylon ahead of Hurricane Sandy's arrival.

A mandatory evacuation of the beach communities and all areas south of Montauk Highway in the Town of Babylon, Village of Amityville, Village of Babylon and Village of Lindenhurst, has been ordered.

Residents of these areas are advised to leave the area and seek higher ground.The Town has designated the Babylon Town Hall Annex (281 Phelps Lane, North Babylon, NY 11703) as a place of safe haven.

Babylon Town Hall Annex, 281 Phelps Lane, North Babylon.

 

October 29, 2012
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Friends of Edgewood Preserve Thank Senator Johnson

Members of the Friends of Edgewood Preserve, Sid Cherry and Patricia Burkhart, recently presented a clock to Senator Owen H. Johnson to thank him for years of support and for helping to protect the Oak Brush Plains.  Senator Johnson created the Oak Brush Plain State Preserve in 1987 from a portion of the former Pilgrim State Hospital property.

October 16, 2012
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HUD and Long Island Housing Services Join Forces to Warn Homeowners about Foreclosure Rescue Scam Artists

HUD and Long Island Housing Services (LIHS) Join Forces to Warn Homeowners about Foreclosure Rescue Scam Artists. 

HUD encourages homeowners to call LIHS at 631-567-5111, ext. 330 or 1-888-995-HOPE(4673) or the New York State Attorney General’s Consumer Frauds and Protection Bureau, or visitwww.hud.gov/preventloanscams to get the facts about mortgage fraud, and report suspected scammers.

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October 12, 2012
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Senator Johnson's Granddaughter Eliza Throws 1st Pitch; Owen Johnson Fan Appreciation Night at Ducks Stadium

Senator Owen H. Johnson applauded granddaughter Eliza as she threw out the first pitch at a Long Island Ducks game on September 15, 2012.  Senator Johnson’s family joined him at Owen Johnson Fan Appreciation Night at Bethpage Ballpark.  Senator Johnson was honored for helping to secure $14.4 million in state funding for the construction of Ducks Stadium, and for the resulting cultural, recreational and economic boon to Suffolk County.  Photograph from left to right:  Frank Boulton, Owner, Long Island Ducks; Owen H. Johnson, NY State Senator with daughter Chirsten, her husband Danny Tymann and their daughter, Eliza; and Bud Harrelson, former Mets champion, Co-Owner, Senior VP of Baseball Operations and First Base Coach of the Long Island Ducks.

October 5, 2012
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The Bohlsen Family Emergency Department Dedication at Southside Hospital

Senator Owen H. Johnson attended the official dedication of The Bohlsen Family Emergency Department at North Shore-LIJ Southside Hospital in Bay Shore on September 14, 2012.  State & local officials, North Shore-LIJ Health System officials and Southside Hospital officials joined to recognize the Bohlsen Family and their exceptional philanthropy and commitment to the progress and growth of Southside Hospital. 

October 5, 2012
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Lorraine Pace, Founding President of Breast Cancer Help, Inc., at September 27, 2012 Fundraiser

Senator Owen H. Johnson joined Lorraine Pace, Founding President of Breast Cancer Help, Inc. at the 5th Annual Bill Evans Celebrity Golf Outing on September 27, 2012.  Meteorologist Bill Evans Sponsored the fundraising event at Island Hills Golf Club in Sayville.  All proceeds went to benefit Breast Cancer Help, Inc. and their Long Island Cancer Help and Wellness Center. 

October 4, 2012
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GOVERNOR CUOMO SIGNS BILL ALLOWING DMV TO MARK VETERAN STATUS ON DRIVER'S LICENSES AND NON-DRIVER IDS

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today signed legislation allowing the state Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to place a distinguishing mark on a driver’s license, or non-driver ID, to indicate its holder is a veteran. Under this law, a veteran of the United States Armed Forces may request to have this veteran status mark from the DMV. Many local businesses across the state currently provide discounts to veterans. This law will make it more simple and convenient for veterans to show and verify to a business their status as veterans on a driver’s license or non-driver ID without having to carry multiple forms of identification. In order to obtain this status from the DMV, applicants will have to submit proof that they were honorably discharged from the armed forces.

October 4, 2012
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SBPLI Receives Motorola Solutions Grant For Long Island FIRST Robotics Program

Senator Owen H. Johnson was honored at the 3rd Annual Fred Breithut Memorial Golf Tournament at the Wind Watch Golf & Country Club in Hauppauge on September 20, 2012.  School-Business Partnerships of Long Island, Inc (SBPLI) extended heartfelt gratitude for   Senator Johnson’s many years of support of the Long Island For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) Robotics Program.At the tournament, Senator Johnson was pleased to join with SBPLI Executive Director Joani Madarash and Chairman Hans Zobel as SBPLI received a $25,000 grant from the Motorola Solutions Foundation, the charitable arm of Motorola Solutions, Inc. 

October 2, 2012
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SENATOR JOHNSON'S BILL PROHIBITING THE SALE OF ELECTRONIC CIGARETTES TO CHILDREN IS SIGNED INTO LAW

Senator Owen H. Johnson sponsored a bill that was recently signed into law protecting New York’s children and teenagers from the harmful effects of electronic cigarettes.  The new law (S.2926-B) prohibits the sale of electronic cigarettes (often known as “e-cigarettes”) to anyone under the age of 18 years.

September 27, 2012
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