06/30/13 4:00pm
06/30/2013 4:00 PM
TIM GANNON FILE PHOTO | Several houses on Bay Avenue and other areas in Flanders suffered major damage during superstorm Sandy.

TIM GANNON FILE PHOTO | Several houses on Bay Avenue and other areas in Flanders suffered major damage during superstorm Sandy.

State department representatives will be available in Flanders on Monday to assist residents and business owners affected by Hurricane Sandy, Southampton Town officials said.

The New York State Department of Financial Services Mobile Command Center will be open between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. at the David Crohan Community Center. Representatives will be available to assist residents and business owners applying for recovery aid that the federal government approved last month. They will also help process SandyHelp applications and assist with insurance-related issues stemming from damage caused by the storm.

Sandy damaged a number of houses in Flanders, some that have since been rendered not safe to live in, particularly in low lying areas such as Bay Avenue or the streets off the north part of Long Neck Boulevard and adjacent streets.

Officials said residents who have already applied for assistance will also be able to receive a status on their applications and additional help with the recovery aid process.

Southampton Town residents and business owners affected by Sandy and Hurricane Irene can access additional information and fill out an application at www.nysandyhelp.ny.gov or by calling 855-NYS-SANDY (855-697-72639).

To read the town’s Recovery Action Plan, visit www.southamptontownny.gov.

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05/07/13 11:00am
05/07/2013 11:00 AM

FILE PHOTO | An aerial view of Rabbit Lane in East Marion following Superstorm Sandy.

State officials will be available Wednesday to assist victims of Superstorm Sandy looking to apply for recovery and aid that the federal government approved last week.

Representatives with the New York State Department of Financial Services’ Mobile Command Center will provide free help to homeowners and business owners at Southold Town Hall from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“We fought hard for the federal aid Long Island deserves to recover from this devastating storm, and I urge those affected to apply for the support you need for your home or business,” Congressman Tim Bishop said in a release. “Attending this session is not a requirement to access aid, however it will be especially useful for senior citizens and others who are not as comfortable using computer-based forms.”

Those impacted by the storm may also apply for recovery assistance online using this link.

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11/04/12 3:54pm
11/04/2012 3:54 PM

JOHN DUNN FILE PHOTO | Senator Charles Schumer announced Sunday federal aid is coming to local municipalities.

Local federal elected officials announced Sunday FEMA aid is now available to fund repairs for public infrastructures and facilities damaged this week by Hurricane Sandy.

According to a press released issued by U.S. Senator Charles Schumer’s office,  FEMA administrator Craig Fugate agreed to expand President Barack Obama’s major disaster declaration to include all categories of public assistance for the counties affected by the storm, including: roads, bridges, water control facilities, public buildings and equipment, utilities, parks, recreational facilities, beaches and more.

Initially, municipalities on Long Island and in New York City and the Hudson Valley were only eligible to receive federal aid for some public services like debris removal and emergency protective measures.

Residents in those areas have been eligible for individual assistance from FEMA.

Mr. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand applauded FEMA’s recent decision.

“It is critical that FEMA has heeded our call and expanded the major disaster declaration to include full public assistance for communities throughout storm-ravaged New York City, Long Island and the lower Hudson Valley,” Mr. Schumer said.

“Providing this full range of federal disaster assistance is essential for repairs to everything from sewages facilities, to parklands, to the hundreds of roads and bridges that were destroyed in the storm, and I am pleased that our communities can know that the federal government will be there to help as they continue their response and recovery efforts.”

Ms. Gillibrand agreed and described the damage she has seen as “devastating.”

“The federal government has a responsibility to stand with these families every step of the way to help them recover and rebuild better than ever before,” she said. “The Obama administration promised no red-tape, and this is another example of the president backing up that commitment.”

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11/04/12 1:53pm
Hurricane Sandy, Relief Efforts, Long Island, Mattituck

KATHARINE SCHROEDER PHOTO | Brianne Miller and Shannon Schmidt, both 12, came from Jamesport to run at the Sandy fundraiser Sunday.

JABS exercise studio in Mattituck held a relay race for Hurricane Sandy relief at Jean Cochran Park in Peconic on Sunday.

Organizers Jill Schroeder, Nicole Alloway and Cyndi Cichanowicz put the word out to friends via email, Facebook, and word of mouth and within a half hour of setting up at the park Sunday morning, they were flooded with donations.

Amy Bailey of Jamesport saw the notice on Facebook and immediately went into action, prompting her family to gather up food, clothing and toiletries.

“I was concerned about using the gas to get here, but I felt it was worth it,” said Amy.

Her 9-year-old son Quinnlan ran 3.5 miles around the track to help raise money.

See suffolktimes.com for photos from the event.