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Department Of Financial Services To Speed Resolution Of Insurance Claims In Areas Affected By Sandy

The Department of Financial Services (DFS) is setting new rules to speed the processing of insurance claims in areas affected by Storm Sandy. The new regulation reduces the amount of time an insurer can delay its decision on a claim, and requires insurers to report to the Department on how many claims it is delaying and the reasons for the delays. “While many claims in areas affected by Storm Sandy have been closed, the Department of Financial Services is still getting many complaints from New Yorkers whose claims have not been resolved,” Governor Cuomo said. “These new regulations will push insurers to move those claims as quickly as possible so people can repair their homes and get back to their lives.”

February 26, 2013
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Federal Disaster Relief Center Moving From Lindenhurst to Copiague

The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Superstorm Sandy Disaster Relief Center that was in the Lindenhurst Memorial Library has closed and will reopen on Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at:New Location:The Copiague Memorial Public Library50 Deauville Blvd., Copaigue, NY(631) 691-1111Hours:9:00AM to 6:00PM Monday through Friday9:00AM to 3:00PM SaturdayDirections:From Lindenhurst, take Montauk Highway heading west; turn right onto Deauville Blvd.  The library is located east of Broadway (Route 110) and west of Great neck Road. 

February 26, 2013
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$1.8 Billion Relief For NYS Homeowners From National Mortgage Settlement

More Than $1.2 Billion In Principal Reductions For NYS Homeowners In First Ten Months Of ProgramMore Than 21,500 Families Statewide Reap Benefits Across All CategoriesFollowing the release of the second official report on the implementation of the National Mortgage Settlement today, Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman noted encouraging progress on behalf of New York State homeowners. The report, which was issued today by the settlement’s national monitor showed that over $1.8 billion in consumer relief has been delivered to New York homeowners since March of 2012. 

February 22, 2013
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Insurance Assistance Program For Residents With Sandy-Related Insurance Issues

On Friday, February 22, 2013 from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM at the Lindenhurst Public Library (1 Lee Avenue, Lindenhurst), Senator Boyle is co-sponsoring a program with the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) to help residents needing assistance with Sandy-related insurance issues.The DFS specialists will be available to meet with residents on an individual basis inside the Department’s Mobile Command Center, a 36-foot long vehicle which will be on site at the Lindenhurst Public Library Parking Lot, 1 Lee Avenue, in Lindenhurst, NY 11757.Representatives of DFS will be available to help homeowners, renters and business owners with insurance-related issues stemming from damage caused by Storm Sandy.

February 22, 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Black History Celebration

Celebrating Black History Month and Honoring:

Rev. Dr. Daris Dixon-Clark
Deven Kane
Jason Baltimore
Virginia Dawson
Venettes Cultural Workshop
Kiara Don
Dr. LaQuita Outlaw

 

Date:  Thursday, February 21, 2013

Time:  6:00PM - 8:00PM

Place:  Wyandanch Public Library

            14 South 20th Street

            Wyandanch, NY  11798

 

February 21, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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Celebrating Black History Month on February 21, 2013 At The Wyandanch Public Library

On February 21, 2013, we will recognize Black History Month and honor the many contributions of the Black Community in the Towns of Babylon and Islip.We will gather to honor a few of the countless residents who continue to make innumerable contributions to the culture and quality of life.  We applaud those individuals who are committed to civic engagement and work diligently to further freedom and equality in the areas of education, health care, economic empowerment, and criminal justice.Please join me in recognizing the following honorees at the Black History Month Celebration on Thursday, February 21, 2013 from 6:00PM until 8:00PM at the Wyandanch Public Library located at 14 South 20th Street in Wyandanch, NY  11798.

February 13, 2013
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Long Island Green Homes Can Help You Reduce Your Energy Costs

The Long Island Green Homes Consortium is a cooperative effort of seven Long Island municipalities. The goal of the consortium is to reduce energy costs and usage by helping you get a comprehensive home energy audit and making cost effective energy upgrades to your home.

Programs are available to all Long Island homeowners, no matter what town, city or village you live in.

For more information, visit the Long Island Green Homes website by clicking here.

February 11, 2013
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New York State Safe Boating Class In East Islip

Day: Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Name of Event:  New York State Safe Boating Class - East Islip

Description:  According to the new Suffolk County law, this class is required for anyone who wishes to operate personal watercraft or a boat. Upon completion of this 8 hour class and passing a written exam, students will receive a temporary certification card. You must attend all three courses to obtain a certificate.

Cost:  $35 for ages 10 - 17; $40 for ages 18+

February 19, 6:00 PM - February 21, 9:00 PM
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Important Emergency Phone Numbers To Keep On Hand

With pending winter storms, I wanted to provide you with contact numbers where you can seek assistance during power outages or with other emergencies.

National Grid is taking the lead role in managing the Long Island Power Authority's response to impending winter storms and will be ready with advance preparations and response plans.

To report power outages, or electrical emergencies, call LIPA’s Hotline 1-800-490-0075 or 631-755-6900 to be immediately directed to National Grid.

February 8, 2013
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Deadline For New York State's School Tax Relief Program (STAR) Is March 1, 2013

The deadline for New York State’s School Tax Relief Program (STAR) is March 1, 2013.  STAR is a tax relief program that lowers property taxes for owner-occupied primary residences.  There are two levels of STAR benefits: Basic STAR and Enhanced STAR.Basic STAR is available to residents who own their primary residence, which is a one, two or three-family house, condominium, cooperative apartment or mobile home and earn less than $500,000 a year.  There is no age limit for Basic STAR.  Once you are approved for Basic STAR, you need not reapply each year unless you move to a new primary residence.

February 8, 2013
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Sandy Task Force Makes Recommendations On Storm Relief, Contingency Planning, and Disaster Mitigation

Senate Bipartisan Task Force On Hurricane Sandy Recovery Releases Preliminary Report Outlining Recommendations On Storm Relief, Contingency Planning, And Disaster Mitigation

After touring New York’s hardest hit areas and hosting stakeholder roundtables across the NYC metro area, the Bipartisan Task Force issued its first report with 10 preliminary recommendations to aid recovery efforts and assist in future disaster planning.

February 5, 2013
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Phil Boyle Named To Prominent List of Environmental Leaders

The New York League of Conservation Voters, which works to make environmental sustainability a top political and policy priority in New York State, has named Senator Phil Boyle to a list of the state’s most promising new environmental leaders.

Senator Boyle represents the 4th District on the South Shore of Long Island, spanning from Bohemia, to Islip, Babylon, Deer Park, Brentwood, parts of Fire Island and Gilgo State Park.

NYLCV’s New Generation 2013 list encompasses 13 lawmakers who were recently elected to the New York State Legislature. Working in conjunction with the leadership of both houses and political parties, these up-and-coming leaders promise to be a driving force for clean air, safe drinking water, renewable energy and community resilience this year.

February 5, 2013
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Members of Bipartisan Task Force For Sandy Tour Damaged Communities And Meet With Leaders

The New York State Senate’s Bipartisan Task Force on Hurricane Sandy Recovery visited hard-hit communities in Brooklyn and Staten Island to tour storm damage and speak with local officials, business leaders, and individuals about the progress and challenges of the ongoing recovery efforts.

February 4, 2013
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Check To See If You Are Entitled To An Unpaid Life Insurance Policy

MORE THAN $665 MILLION IN UNCLAIMED LIFE INSURANCE BENEFITS PAID TO DATE AS A RESULT OF STATE INVESTIGATIONAn investigation started by the Department of Financial Services in July 2011 has resulted in more than $665 million being paid to life insurance beneficiaries who were unaware that they were entitled to money from insurance companies. Before DFS put in place new regulations in 2012, insurance companies did not regularly seek out beneficiaries to pay death benefits, but instead waited for someone to make a claim. However, a significant number of people are not aware that they are named on a life insurance policy by a relative and so do not make a claim.

January 30, 2013
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Life-Saving “Breast Density Information” Law In Effect

    Life-saving “Breast Density Information” law that will help in the fight against breast cancer is now in effect in New York State.

    The new law (Chapter 265), which unanimously passed both the Assembly and the Senate, is the most comprehensive breast density law in the country.  It is designed to improve the early detection of breast cancer by informing women of their breast density and encouraging them to discuss with their physicians the potential benefits of additional screening tests.

January 25, 2013
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January 25, 2013
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January 16, 2013
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Senator Phil Boyle First to Submit Amendment to Cuomo Gun Bill: Change Would Allow Exemptions for Retired Law Enforcement

Babylon, NY -- Senator Phil Boyle (R-East Islip) introduced legislation that would amend New York's Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement (SAFE) Act, which was signed into law by Governor Cuomo on Tuesday.  The amendment would allow exemptions for retired law enforcement officers and is the first proposed amendment to the one-day old gun control law.  “I voted for this law because it increased penalties on crimes committed with guns,” said Senator Boyle.  “In the coming weeks, I will be offering a series of amendments to protect the Second Amendment rights of legal gun owners and to strengthen the law’s stated intent of protecting our children and neighbors.”

January 16, 2013
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