FEMA

Queens’ Morning Roundup
Top Stories Cristabelle Tumola 4/10/2013 at 8:23AM

TODAY’S FORECAST  Wednesday: Mostly cloudy with a chance of a thunderstorm and a chance of rain in the afternoon. High of 77. Winds from the West at 5 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 50%. Wednesday night: Overcast with thunderstorms and rain showers, then a chance of rain after midnight. Fog overnight. Low of 52. [...]

Flood-resistant buildings to be installed on Rockaway Beach
Flood-resistant buildings to be installed on Rockaway Beach
South Cristabelle Tumola 3/28/2013 at 9:07AM

This summer it will be safe to go back in the water. Improved beachfront structures that adhere to the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) new flood elevation standards will be installed at Rockaway Beach by Memorial Day weekend, according to the New York City Parks Department. These modern-looking lifeguard stands, comfort stations and offices will [...]

NY extends deadline for FEMA disaster assistance programs
NY extends deadline for FEMA disaster assistance programs
News Cristabelle Tumola 3/27/2013 at 10:40AM

An additional extension has been granted for two government programs that financially help Sandy survivors in New York State, announced Governor Andrew Cuomo. Anyone living in New York City and Long Island, or the counties of Westchester, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Ulster and Sullivan who suffered losses from the storm, including rent, essential home repairs and [...]

FEMA extends housing program for Sandy victims
News Queens Courier Staff 3/21/2013 at 10:04AM

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved a 21-day extension of the Transitional Sheltering Assistance (TSA) program for Sandy victims, Governor Cuomo announced Wednesday. “The Transitional Sheltering Assistance program continues to be an essential resource for the New Yorkers who were hit hardest by Sandy,” said Cuomo. “This extension allows them to have a [...]

HUD grants not enough say co-op, condo owners
News Melissa Chan 3/18/2013 at 4:22PM

Co-ops and condos damaged by Sandy are now eligible for federal housing grants. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced it will allow co-ops and condos to receive funding from Community Development Block Grants Disaster Recovery grants to help with repairs. “We have finally cleared a bureaucratic hurdle that prevented thousands of [...]

MTA receives nearly $200M in Sandy aid
MTA receives nearly $200M in Sandy aid
Top Stories Cristabelle Tumola 3/07/2013 at 3:33PM

After Sandy wreaked havoc on the MTA’s infrastructure, the transit agency is finally receiving the millions it will take to repair the damage. The Federal Transit Administration and Federal Emergency Management Agency is giving the MTA $193.1 million in total funding to reimburse storm preparation costs and to help rebuild public transit, bridges and tunnels, [...]

Sanitation workers not told about Sandy-related payment errors
Sanitation workers not told about Sandy-related payment errors
Top Stories Cristabelle Tumola 3/05/2013 at 1:24PM

Last week, some of the city’s sanitation workers got a surprise in their paycheck — a deduction. In the chaos of Sandy’s aftermath, downed computers and closed garages caused payment errors for the Department of Sanitation (DSNY), according to Harry Nespoli, president of Local 831 of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Uniformed Sanitationmen’s Association. Some [...]

Sandy aid deadlines extended for FEMA grants, SBA loans
Sandy aid deadlines extended for FEMA grants, SBA loans
News Cristabelle Tumola 3/01/2013 at 3:05PM

The deadlines for two government programs to financially help Sandy survivors in New York State have been extended until March 29. Anyone living in New York City and Long Island, or the counties of Westchester, Orange, Putnam, Rockland and Sullivan who suffered losses from the storm, including rent, essential home repairs and personal property losses [...]

Queens’ Morning Roundup
News Cristabelle Tumola 2/28/2013 at 7:52AM

TODAY’S FORECAST Thursday: Overcast with rain showers. High of 46. Winds from the WSW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 50%. Thursday night: Overcast with a chance of rain. Low of 36. Winds from the WNW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 20%. EVENT OF THE DAY: Comedy Show Featuring Lisa Corrao Middle-school-teacher-turned-comedian Lisa Corrao, [...]

Bill to help houses of worship damaged in Sandy
Bill to help houses of worship damaged in Sandy
News Terence M. Cullen 2/26/2013 at 5:28PM

Houses of worship damaged by Sandy may be getting federal aid thanks to Congressmember Grace Meng and other lawmakers. Meng and New Jersey Congressmember Chris Smith co-authored the Federal Disaster Assistance Nonprofit Fairness Act of 2013, a bill that would allow churches, synagogues, mosques and other religious institutions excluded from FEMA aid to become eligible [...]