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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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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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ACS Issues RFP for Intensive Family Preventive Services

The New York City Administration for Children's Services has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for Intensive Family Preventive Services. The agency anticipates awarding contracts with a total annual value of $9.063 million for services to 663 families at any given point in time.

The target population for this RFP is families with teens, ages 12-18, who are the subject of a Child Safety Conference ("CSC”) with DCP resulting from evidence of neglect, physical abuse, and/or sexual abuse of the child, or are at risk of out-of-home placement and/or Family Court proceedings due to behavior deemed "uncontrollable” by their parents, school and/or law enforcement.

October 26, 2012
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ACS Issues RFP for Intensive Family Preventive Services

The New York City Administration for Children's Services has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for Intensive Family Preventive Services. The agency anticipates awarding contracts with a total annual value of $9.063 million for services to 663 families at any given point in time.

The target population for this RFP is families with teens, ages 12-18, who are the subject of a Child Safety Conference ("CSC”) with DCP resulting from evidence of neglect, physical abuse, and/or sexual abuse of the child, or are at risk of out-of-home placement and/or Family Court proceedings due to behavior deemed "uncontrollable” by their parents, school and/or law enforcement.

October 26, 2012
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Free & Expanded Language Access Services Now Provided by State Agencies

New York State agencies are now providing provide free language interpretation in six major non-English languages, helping all New Yorkers have access to vital government services.

October 12, 2012
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New Law Expands Opportunities for Fam Distilleries to Sell at Famers' Markets, State Fairs, County Fairs

A law was recently enacted that will allow licensed farm distilleries to sell their liquor at not-for-profit farmers' markets, the New York State Fair, and recognized county fairs. Senator Montgomery noted that this new law will help local farms to grow by providing distilleries with the same access to marketing opportunities currently allowed to licensed wineries, farm wineries, and farm breweries.

October 9, 2012
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New Montgomery Law to Help Bolster State's Procurement of NY-Grown Farm Products

Albany, NY (September 10, 2012): Legislation was recently signed into law (Chapter 452; S.4855) to increase the State’s purchasing of New York-grown farm products.

Under the new law, sponsored by NYS Senator Velmanette Montgomery (D-Brooklyn), a representative of a non-profit, New York-based group representing the state’s agricultural community will join the NYS Procurement Council. The member will aid in educating State institutions on the benefits of buying more New York grown and processed products whenever possible. The non-paying appointment to the Council will be made by the Governor.

September 10, 2012
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New I-STOP Law To Help State Fight Prescription Drug Abuse

Legislation was recently signed into law to help New York State crack down harder on prescription drug abuse. The new I-STOP law includes a series of provisions to overhaul the way prescription drugs are distributed and tracked in New York State.

September 6, 2012
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New York Launches New Pilot Program to Make Health Insurance More Affordable for College Students

New York has launched a new pilot program that will allow large universities to directly provide health coverage to their students at a lower cost. The program is the result of legislation signed into law last week. The five universities that are eligible to self-insure are Columbia University, Cornell University, New York University, and the University of Rochester.

August 1, 2012
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New Law Helps Protect Teens from Health Risks Associated with Indoor Tanning

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today signed legislation to better protect teens from dangerous exposure to UV radiation by limiting their access to indoor tanning facilities. The new law prohibits the use of indoor tanning devices by children less than 17 years of age and requires teens between the ages of 17 and 18 to obtain parental consent.

July 16, 2012
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