Velmanette Montgomery's Press releases

Important Information about Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP)

The USDA has approved New York State's proposal on a Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP) initiative in New York City's most devastated areas (please see the below for specific information). The initiative has a limited duration of seven days and New York City Human Resources Administration began the application process on December 12, and will end on December 18, 2012.

What is D-SNAP?

December 13, 2012
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Legal Assistance for Those Affected by Superstorm Sandy

In the wake of Superstorm Sandy,  the New York State Bar Association has been working with local bar associations throughout the affected area to coordinate relief efforts. The Bar Association held a free continuing legal education program focusing on disaster recovery issues, and a webcast of that event and the educational materials that accompanied it are available online at www.nysba.org/superstormsandyfreeclelink. Information about these and other storm relief efforts and recovery resources is available at www.nysba.org/sandy.

November 28, 2012
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Senator Montgomery Announces $27.7 Million in Federal Disaster Aid to Communities Hurt by Hurricane Sandy

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy and the recent devastation which has plagued New York State, Senator Montgomery is pleased to announce that New York State has received $27.7 million in Disaster National Emergency Grant funds. This 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.

November 28, 2012
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BCID Available to Work with People with Disabilities Post-Sandy

The Brooklyn Center for Independence of the Disabled, Inc. (BCID) wants victims of Hurricane Sandy to know that is available to provide special assistance to people with any type of disability in the wake of this natural disaster. The BCID is a non-profit, community-based, consumer-controlled organization.

Services Include

With respect to Hurricane Sandy, BCID can assist people with disabilities with completing paperwork for FEMA, insurance forms, Medicaid, SNAP (Food Stamps) and other programs.   We can also provide information about other storm-related programs and resources that may be available.

November 14, 2012
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Federal Family and Partners Continue to Support States Impacted by Sandy - More Than $411 Million in Individual Assistance Approved for Disaster Survivors

WASHINGTON -- At the direction of President Barack Obama, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) continues to lead the federal government's effort to provide assistance and support to states affected by Hurricane Sandy, ensuring the federal family and its public and private partners continue to provide all available resources to support state, local, and tribal communities in affected areas. The Administration's top priority remains supporting states, tribes and communities, as response efforts continue.

November 14, 2012
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Hurricane Sandy Resource Guide

Please download the attached Resource Guide compiled by my District Office to learn about available aid for recovery and opportunities to be of service during the recovery. The Guide will be periodically revised so check back for the most current information. We can all get through this by working together!

November 13, 2012
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Governor Launches Moreland Commission Commission to Investigate Utility Companies' Preparedness to Major Weather Incidents

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today signed an Executive Order to establish a commission under the Moreland Act that will investigate the response, preparation, and management of New York’s power utility companies with major storms hitting the state over the past two years, including Hurricanes Sandy and Irene, and Tropical Storm Lee.

The Commission will be tasked to undertake a thorough review of all actions taken by the power companies before and after these emergencies, and make specific recommendations to reform and modernize oversight, regulation and management of New York's power delivery services.

November 13, 2012
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Governor Temporarily Suspends and Modifies Laws In Order to Expand Access to Tetanus Immunications During Disaster Emergency

WHEREAS, on October 26, 2012, I issued Executive Order Number 47, declaring a disaster emergency in all 62 counties in the State of New York; and WHEREAS, on October 30, 2012, the President issued a major disaster declaration for the counties of Bronx, Kings, Nassau, New York, Queens, Richmond and Suffolk, and on November 2, 2012, extended such declaration to include Rockland and Westchester Counties; NOW, THEREFORE, I, ANDREW M.

November 13, 2012
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Disaster Hotline Established to Help New Yorkers with Insurance Issues from Hurricane Sandy; Operates 24/7

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that the Department of Financial Services disaster hotline to help New Yorkers with insurance issues from Hurricane Sandy will now be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week starting today. The hotline, at 800-339-1759, can answer insurance related storm questions and help consumers file complaints. It has been open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends since immediately after Storm Sandy.

November 13, 2012
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Student Loan Relief for New Yorkers Affected by Hurricane Sandy - Disaster Counties Eligible for 90 Day Grace Period

Governor Cuomo has authorized 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.

November 13, 2012
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Attorney General Announces Election Day Hotline to Help Ensure Access for Voters Across New York State

New York State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today announced an Election Day Hotline to help ensure that minority-language voters, people with disabilities and others are able to cast an effective ballot during the November 6th general election. The Attorney General urged voters to call the Office’s Hotline at 800-771-7755 or email civil.rights@ag.ny.gov at any time between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. to report problems at the polls.

November 5, 2012
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Hurricane Recovery Information from National Grid

Please refer to the attached report for safety information from National Grid.

The report also contains contact information for those who might be able to help people impacted by Hurricane Sandy, and provides answers to questions about reconnecting gas and/or electric service.

November 5, 2012
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November 5, 2012
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New Yorkers Can Now Register for Federal Disaster Assistance

New Yorkers affected by Hurricane Sandy can now call or go online to register for disaster assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

November 5, 2012
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Unemployment Assistance Now Available to New Yorkers Affected by Hurricane Sandy

Federal disaster unemployment assistance is now available to all New Yorkers who lost their jobs as a result of Hurricane Sandy. Disaster unemployment benefits are available to provide financial support to anyone who has lost their job and live or work in the Bronx, Kings, New York, Richmond, Queens, Nassau, Suffolk, Rockland and Westchester counties.

This assistance will supplement New York’s existing unemployment insurance system and will expand eligibility to include individuals who might otherwise not be covered. The United States Department of Labor has committed to providing additional assistance if needed.

Department of Labor staff will be deployed to hard-hit communities to help register impacted New Yorkers for Disaster Unemployment Assistance in person.

November 5, 2012
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NYCHA Reports on Heat and Hot Water Restorations

*** UPDATE*** NYCHA Reports on Heat and Hot Water Restorations

As of November 5 at 11:00 a.m.,  NYCHA reported that it has successfully restored heat and hot water to:

November 5, 2012
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Hurricane Sandy Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Benefit Replacement

If you lost food purchased with SNAP benefits due to Hurricane Sandy, there is help available. Current SNAP households that have lost food purchased with their benefits as a result of the storm are entitled to replacement benefits.

Q - What do I need to do?

November 5, 2012
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Governor Cuomo Declares State of Emergency in New York in Preparation for Potential Impact of Hurricane Sandy

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today declared a state of emergency in New York in preparation for the potential impact of Hurricane Sandy, which may hit New York State in the coming days. A state of emergency mobilizes resources to local governments that otherwise are restricted to state use only and suspends regulations that would impede rapid response.

October 26, 2012
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Governor Cuomo Signs Legislation Strengthening New York’s Domestic Violence Laws

A robust package of legislation was signed into law this week to improve the criminal justice system’s response to domestic violence while at the same time provide survivors with enhanced protections so they can more safely sever ties with their abusers.

The bill package addresses the recidivist nature of domestic violence by holding serial offenders more accountable for their behavior with the creation of a new crime and new considerations when determining bail, and creates a state-level Fatality Review Team to find new ways to prevent intimate partner homicides.

October 26, 2012
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New York Immigration Coalition & FPA Announce 2013 DREAM Fellowship Program

The New York Immigration Coalition, in partnership with the Fund for Public Advocacy, announced its acceptance of applications for the 2013 DREAM Fellowship Program, a semester-long leadership development program.

The Dream Fellowship Program is a semester-long leadership development program, initiated jointly by the New York Immigration Coalition and the Fund for Public Advocacy. In its first semester in the Spring of 2012, ten college-level DREAM Act eligible student leaders were selected for the fellowship, which included leadership development trainings, internships at community organizations and $2,000 scholarships toward tuition at City University of New York. The Korean American Community Foundation also provided supported for the program.

October 26, 2012
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