NEW YORK (AP) — New York City is launching a $15 million program to clean up at least 2,000 homes contaminated with mold because of flooding during Superstorm Sandy. Storm victims enrolled in the program will be able to get their homes scrubbed of mold for free by private contractors. Money for the project is being put up by three charities: The American Red Cross, the Robin Hood Foundation and the Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City. No federal, state or city tax dollars are involved. The work is being overseen by a nonprofit development company. Mold has become a problem in flood-ravaged parts of the city, and the cost of properly removing the stuff can be substantial. And unlike other types of damage, the Federal Emergency Management Agency does not cover mold remediation.
Federal flood maps are being redrawn, and for those areas hit by Hurricane Sandy, that could mean guidance on whether to rebuild on higher ground. The new maps will also impact flood-insurance premiums.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency is redrawing flood-zone maps for the New York City area. Michael Byrne is FEMA’s federal coordinating officer for New York. He says the map revisions began before Hurricane Sandy, but are of even greater concern since Sandy.
ALBANY – Assembly woman Annie Rabbitt has posted an online petition seeking to repeal the new state gun control laws.
Rabbitt, who has family members in law enforcement, said the governor’s budget proposes $36 million to create a database of lawful gun owners in New York. “I believe there are a lot better uses for $36 million in taxpayer funds,” she said.
Four gun-rights groups have filed a Notice of Claim in New York State, challenging the gun measure Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law earlier this month.
The New York State Rifle & Pistol Association; the Westchester County Firearms Owners Association, based in Rye Brook; the Sportsmen’s Association for Firearms Education, in Commack, Long Island; and AR15.com, a web site run out of Farmington, in upstate New York, filed a notice of claim Tuesday with the New York State Attorney General’s office. Here’s President of the New York State Rifle & Pistol Association, Tom King.
President Barack Obama says he'll sign a $50.5 billion emergency measure for Superstorm Sandy victims as soon as it lands on his desk. The U.S. Senate approved the bill Monday after the House earlier this month had stripped the bill of spending unrelated to disasters.
There’s a new system ready to be put in place in New York State to help identify local governments and school districts under financial strain. The idea is to flag financial problems before they spiral into a crisis.
The New York State Comptroller’s office has finalized plans to implement a statewide fiscal monitoring system to identify local governments and school districts under or nearing financial stress, by classifying their fiscal conditions. Brian Butry is a spokesman for State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli.
A number of cancer organization and anti-smoking groups has penned a letter to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, asking him to bolster what they say are lifesaving programs, and not cut them. And, the groups contend, for the first time, the programs appear differently in the governor’s proposed budget.
BUCHANAN, N.Y. (AP) — New York State Police have charged a second worker at the Indian Point nuclear power plant with stealing material. They allege 40-year-old Christopher Albea of Dutchess County’s Wappingers Falls stole several thousand pounds of copper worth more than $10,000, and sold it at a scrap yard.
Con Edison says it wants to collect just under $400 million in rate increases next year. Con Ed officials say some of the extra funds from ratepayers in New York City and Westchester County would go toward long-term protection against disasters like Superstorm Sandy.