Assemblyman Barnwell passed this information along to us:
Federal Disaster - Apply for assistance from the Federal Government
New Yorkers recovering from the impact of a federally declared disaster can register for disaster assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
To learn more, to see if you’re eligible, and to apply,
or call 800-621-3362.
NYC Service Centers - Referrals/Emergency Supplies/Assistance/Food/Health Insurance/Mental Health
NYC Emergency Management and the NYC Department of Social Services announced that service centers will open citywide to support individuals and families affected by the flood emergency.
- The five centers will open each day from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and provide those affected with in-person support and information on resources and services available.
- The FEMA intake location is Queens College, Student Union (152-45 Melbourne Ave, Flushing). More locations will be added in the coming future.
- Services provided at the center include but are not limited to enrollment in SNAP, health insurance, advising on how to obtain an inspection of damages, and referrals/information for pump out assistance for standing water.
- The American Red Cross will assist in disaster relief management -- including referrals, distribution of emergency supplies, and applying for assistance — and mental health counseling.
Please review this website for more information.
Filing a Claim for Damages against the City/the Comptroller's office - FOR DAMAGES (note you should also apply for federal disaster assistance from the federal government)
Aside from checking in/filing a claim with your homeowner’s insurance, you should file a claim with the NYC Comptroller’s Office for possible reimbursement. There is NO guarantee that the Comptroller will reimburse you for the storm damage, but you should 100% consider protecting your possible claim. You should pursue two options when it comes to filing a claim with the Comptroller. Note that there are time restrictions on filing. If you don’t file in time, your claim will automatically be denied.
1) File a notice of claim in Court within 90 days of the incident. You must then commence that lawsuit within 1 year and 90 days. More information here:
2) Note though, the Comptroller may very well deny the claim, so you should also (at the same time, as option 1) file an internal claim with the Comptroller’s office for damage.
Possible Legal Assistance
You should speak with the NYC Bar Association for any guidance. You can call 212-626-7373 or visit
You should call your homeowners' insurance (if applicable) to see if you are covered by any of the Storm damage. Even if you don't have flood insurance, you still may be able to file a claim. Anybody having issues filing a claim, please let my office know.
Group Flood Insurance Policy
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) offers Group Flood Insurance Policies to individuals who do not have flood insurance and have received assistance from FEMA after a Presidential declared disaster strikes.
For more information regarding the Group Flood Insurance program or flood insurance in general, call the NFIP Direct at 800-638-6620, option number 2.
Small Business Disaster Loans
- The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) today announced the opening of a Business Recovery Center (BRC) in Kings County, New York to help businesses affected by the remnants of Hurricane Ida. The BRC is located at Medgar Evers College, 231 Crown Street, Brooklyn, NY 11225. It will operate every day, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., until further notice.
- Businesses of all sizes and private nonprofit organizations may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace disaster-damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory, and other business assets. Applicants may be eligible for a loan amount increase up to 20 percent of their physical damages, as verified by the SBA, for mitigation purposes. Eligible mitigation improvements may include a sump pump, elevation, French drain or retaining wall to help protect property and occupants from future damage caused by a similar disaster.
- Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure website at
https://disasterloanassistance.sba.gov/ela/s/ and should apply under SBA declaration # 17147, not for the COVID-19 incident.
- To be considered for all forms of disaster assistance, applicants should register online at DisasterAssistance.gov or download the FEMA mobile app. If online or mobile access is unavailable, applicants should call the FEMA toll-free helpline at 800-621-3362. Those who use 711-Relay or Video Relay Services should call 800-621-3362.
- Businesses and individuals may also obtain information and loan applications by calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-659-2955 (1-800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing) or emailing DisasterCustomerService@sba.gov. Loan applications can also be downloaded at sba.gov/disaster. Completed applications should be mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.
- The filing deadline to return applications for physical property damage is Nov. 4, 2021. The deadline to return economic injury applications is June 6, 2022
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FYI - we invited our elected officials and precincts. If our elected officials or their representatives attend, this might be a good opportunity to get questions answered about the recent flooding from Hurricane Ida, filing claims, etc.
There's new scams coming out all the time. It might be a good idea to listen in.
Hope all is well and everyone is staying safe and healthy!
Attached is a flyer regarding a ZOOM WEBINAR about SCAM calls which will be held on September 15 at 10 AM. Thought you and your C.O.M.E.T members would be interested....
P.O. Elidon Arber
CRIME PREVENTION OFFICER
NYPD 108 Precinct
I would like to share some valuable resources with you.
1) If you’re struggling to pay rent due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the NYS Emergency Rental Assistance Program is available. Qualified New Yorkers can get up to 12 months of back rent paid plus 3 months of future rent and other assistance. Learn more here.
2) 2) Hate crimes against the Asian community have been dramatically increasing this year. If you or someone you know has been a victim of discrimination or crime, please call the following hotlines and organizations that working to combat this issue and help community residents:
Asian Americans For Equality: (718) 316-9993
Asian American Federation: (212) 344-5878
Organization of Chinese Americans
– NY Chapter:
Chinese Planning Council
Korean Community Services
Queens District Attorney’s Office:
• Hate Crimes Bureau hotline: 718-286-7010
• Office of Immigrant Affairs hotline: 718-286-6690
• General email: IN...@queensda.org
• Crime Victim Advocate Program: 718-286-6812
NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force:
To post videos & alert NYPD Asian Hate Crimes TF:
• Email directly to Sargeant. Lee - Asia...@nypd.org
• Twitter- @NYPDAsianHCTF
3) Department of Sanitation is giving residents the option to responsibly recycle through the composting program. If you live in the District, this is an eco-friendly option for you. Please click here to learn more or view the flyer below.
4) f you have electronics that you need to dispose of, there will be an E-waste event on September 26th located at 37th Avenue between 78th and 79th Street. Please view the flyer below for more information.
NYC Council Member
As the micro tunneling project is winding down on 70th Street, the agency has advised us that the contractor will start restoring the street. The restoration will include new curbs and sidewalks including driveways.
The restoration is starting on 70th Street at 54th Avenue and people are becoming concerned about the vibrations being caused by the machines tearing up the sidewalks.
We spoke with one of the workers who stated the corners will be installed first. We reached out to the agency to ask them to remind the contractor to cause as little vibrations as possible due to the age of the homes and the fact that some of the homes have a high water table.
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