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Schumer pushes for co-op, condo Sandy relief
News Melissa Chan 2/21/2013 at 12:06PM

New York’s senior senator has joined the ranks of leaders pushing for relief to storm-damaged co-ops and condos. U.S. Senator Charles Schumer penned a letter to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) last Wednesday asking the agency to establish Sandy relief program guidelines for co-ops and condos. Co-op and condo owners currently [...]

New program to help with post-Sandy mold damage
New program to help with post-Sandy mold damage
News Cristabelle Tumola 2/04/2013 at 2:35PM

Though FEMA assistance can help homeowners deal with some of the devastating effects of Sandy, there is no direct federal funding for mold removal. A new program aims to solve that issue for around 2,000 homes in hard-hit areas. Using private money raised to help storm victims, the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City, [...]

Bloomberg suspends height restrictions on buildings following new flood elevation standards
News Queens Courier Staff 2/01/2013 at 11:43AM

BY ANTHONY O’REILLY Mayor Michael Bloomberg has signed an executive order ordering to suspend height restrictions on buildings so they can meet new flood elevation standards following Sandy. “We are beginning the process of updating our building code and zoning regulations so that new construction meets standards that reflect the best available data about flood [...]

Howard Beach, Lindenwood, Rosedale added to FEMA flood map
Howard Beach, Lindenwood, Rosedale added to FEMA flood map
News Terence M. Cullen 1/30/2013 at 3:21PM

Howard Beach, Lindenwood and Rosedale were added to FEMA’s latest advisory map on flood zone elevation in an attempt to avoid the same volume of flooding and damage experienced during Sandy. “This is the first in a series of steps on what will become the regulatory guidance,” FEMA coordinating officer Mike Byrne told NY1. “We [...]

Queens’ Morning Roundup
Top Stories Cristabelle Tumola 1/29/2013 at 7:48AM

TODAY’S FORECAST Tuesday: Overcast. Fog early. High of 54. Winds from the NW at 5 to 10 mph shifting to the East in the afternoon. Chance of rain 20%. Tuesday Night: Overcast with a chance of rain. Low of 41. Winds from the SE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 30%. EVENT OF THE DAY: Queens Public [...]

FEMA extends Sandy relief programs
News Queens Courier Staff 1/25/2013 at 12:41PM

BY ANTHONY O’REILLY Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Thursday that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is extending relief programs for victims of Sandy. The Transitional Sheltering Assistance (TSA) program, which allows those who lost their homes in the storm to stay in participating hotels and motels across New York, will extended for an additional 14 days, [...]

Law keeps co-op owners from receiving federal storm recovery grants
Law keeps co-op owners from receiving federal storm recovery grants
News Melissa Chan 1/11/2013 at 2:22PM

A glitch in the law is keeping co-op owners from receiving federal storm recovery grants, officials said. According to Congressmember Steve Israel, co-ops are shouldering the costs of repair for Sandy-inflicted damages because they are categorized as “business associations,” making them ineligible for federal grants — only loans. The Stafford Act, which governs how the [...]

Bloomberg says city will rebuild smarter along shore
Bloomberg says city will rebuild smarter along shore
News Billy Rennison 12/06/2012 at 12:52PM

Despite record storm surges, Mayor Michael Bloomberg vowed to rebuild along the shore, but said it must be “smarter, stronger and more sustainable.” Bloomberg made the remarks at the New York Marriott Downtown to an audience that included former Vice President Al Gore. “Let me be clear: We are not going to abandon the waterfront,” [...]

Queens Library helping Rockaways get back on their feet
Queens Library helping Rockaways get back on their feet
News Billy Rennison 12/04/2012 at 4:22PM

Flood waters crashed through the glass front of the Queens Library’s Peninsula branch during Sandy, turning its aisles into rivers and damaging books, videos and equipment. A similar scene could be found at the Arverne, Seaside and Broad Channel branches. A month later, a temporary building is up and running in Arverne, while one is [...]

Queens’ Morning Roundup
Top Stories Cristabelle Tumola 12/04/2012 at 7:20AM

TODAY’S FORECAST Tuesday: Overcast in the morning, then mostly cloudy. High of 61. Winds from the South at 5 to 10 mph. Tuesday night: Mostly cloudy in the evening, then overcast with a chance of rain. Low of 52. Winds from the SW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 40%. EVENT of the DAY: Copy Cat [...]