Senator Montgomery's December 2012 newsletter highlights the Hurricane Sandy relief efforts of the Community members in Brooklyn! This collection of stories told by Community and Recovery Resources can be downloaded for viewing on your computer or for printing. If you would like an already printed copy please contact the District office at 718-643-6140.
Governor 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.
"Jobs Express has been a resounding success for more than 59,000 formerly unemployed New Yorkers who were able to find a job," Governor Cuomo said. "More than 4,600 employers across the state are hiring now and I urge all New Yorkers who are looking for work to visit Jobs Express."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com at any time between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. to report problems at the polls.
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.
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.
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.