*See 2/14 update just scroll down a bit


We are the moderators of the Facebook page Oceanside, NY Hurricane Sandy Updates.  Here is a compilation of our most up-to-date resources.  We hope this list is helpful for you. It is organized by a header such as “legal resources” or “list of recommended professionals” to help you get the most out of this resource list so please scroll through all the way to the end. The posts in each section will continue to be updated.

Oceanside, New York is strong!

After Superstorm Sandy hit Oct. 29, 2012, information was not forthcoming out of Oceanside and it was hard for people to find out how bad things were and what the situation was.  We decided to form the facebook page for folks to get information coming in/out of Oceanside, our beloved hometown and yours.  This resource list is a compilation of items from the past several months. 
This page is now organized with better headers to help you navigate the various resources collected.  You can enter keywords in the search bar too (on the right-hand side of this page) if you are seeking something specifically.  Look for us on Facebook as well!


How can I donate money to Oceanside?

Oceanside Community Service is accepting monetary donations

Donations can be made:
Oceanside Community Service, Inc
C/O Oceanside UFSD
145A Merle Ave.
Oceanside, NY  11572

*If you wish to donate to a specific school, you may write that info on the check
Network for Good will process credit card donations for Oceanside Community Service

Announcements: February 2014
Nassau Suffolk Law Services’ Sandy Disaster Relief Project is now providing free legal assistance to residents of Nassau and Suffolk counties to support homeownership retention and foreclosure prevention in the wake of hardships caused by Superstorm Sandy. The initiative is supported with funds from the State Attorney General’s office and AARP to fund an attorney to represent Long Islanders in disputes and matters caused by the Sandy Superstorm. Case acceptance is prioritized based on income and program capacity.
Referrals to the Project can be made by calling Michael DeTrano at 631-232-2400 or 516- 292-8100.

Meet with NYRising, Federal, State, and local agencies staffing tables to answer your questions. This is a great opportunity to meet NYRising approved Architects and Contractors. Please enourage all your friends, family and neighbors to spread the word and encourage those who need help to attend. There will be free legal and insurance clinics, Disaster Case Managers, Outreach organizations and more!
Wed. 2/19 4p-9p Massapequa HS
Wed. 2/26 5p-9p Long Beach Lindell School
Wed. 3/6 4p-8p Lawrence HS


-South Nassau PROJECT HOPE
Post-Sandy Support Workshops
Oceanside Library every Tuesday
11AM-Noon & 7-8PM
Meeting Room 3 (on the lower level)
30 Davison Avenue

–The clean and seed program is taking names and they will contact you  516-535-5730

–FROM LI CARES: $1,000 grants:
This grant application will provide a one-time assistance to families affected by Superstorm Sandy for either:
• A home heating fuel source: oil, gas or electric, propane, kerosene, coal or wood or
• A Utility PSEG (formerly LIPA) or National Grid expense or,
• A Storage Unit expense (POD or Storage unit facility)

-Incorrect NY Rising checks amounts went out over the past few weeks.  If you’ve received a check that was wrong, i.e. no insurance or SBA deductions, please contact NY Rising.

–NY Rising Chief Jon Kaiman is holding a public Question and Answer session on Jan 20 , at 7pm, at the S. Nassau Unitarian Congregation, 228 S. Ocean Ave, Freeport

–This is for folks who have not purchased a new washer/dryer yet.LIHP is now offering a new program for those who were effected by Hurricane Sandy. We will be giving up to $1,500 towards new washer and dryers to qualified applicants. You can contact us at 631-435-4710 to request an application.


Contractors/Service Professionals recommended by residents

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Land Surveyor

  •  Peter J Brabazon
    (516) 822-5111
    430 W Old Country Rd, Hicksville, NY 11801

Public Adjuster Recommendations:

Paul Berger (Long Beach) He’s really knowledgeable and got us a substantial amount more than we would have gotten ourselves, and is still trying to get more. His # is 516-418-3232.

Michael Diaz with Worldclaim. Office number is (518)456-8523 and cell number is (518)857-7475

McGuire and McGuire (Freeport)

Various “Going Rates” for Public Adjusters as Mentioned By Various Residents:

Mold Removal:

www.milro.com  Restoration, lead renovation, mold remediation, water damage, smoke/puff-black, structural damage (Freeport)

Blue Sky Inspections 631-830-0183, Serving Long Island  http://www.longislandmoldinspection.com

4/13: For those who have not completed demo and mold abatement. We just used Expedient Environmental Solutions they were reasonable, reliable and professional. The took 3 days 2 of which were to 6-7 pm and did an amazing job.

You can look for the product “Moldex” (Ace in Oceanside sells it), but make sure you get the inhibitor and not just the cleaner. Follow the instructions precisiely – some bottles come ready to spray, some require a water dilution before being poured in a sprayer. If you don’t feel comfortable following the instructions and safety precautions and spraying yourself, hire a professional.

• The Dry Guys, Call 262-605-1290 They are from Wisconsin and came here after the storm. They are professionals in water damage restoration and mold removal and they are FANTASTIC! They are a great group who are completely reliable and knew what they were doing. I have no doubt about my house being completely cleaned the right way and no worry about future mold.  Call to see if they are still in our area.

Anthony Starck Rejuvamax 516 657-4500. They are a local company & they have done many homes in Oceanside.

From residents:
While Servpro is one of the most known companies it also tends to be one of the most expensive companies.
Jarvis has been mentioned on here and might provide better pricing: http://www.jarvisconstruction.com.
Local company: http://www.Flooded.com

Long Island Exchange (516) 889-7337 – restoration

– Triad Pro Services – 919-500-2789
Triad’s specialty is:
carpet cleaning, water damage restoration services, exterior home painting services, pressure washing equipment, hauling & debris removal

Deals on Cabinetry, Tiles, Doors and More: Habitat for Humanity ReStore has a warehouse in Ronkonkoma. They have some great deals on doors, cabinet & tiles.  https://www.facebook.com/LIrestore


Painter –  Joel 516/668-7754 “He is not only a fabulous painter, but a wonderful person who has great ideas and treats your home like his own”

Fresh Look Painting LLC – Painting Done Right! Call Rod 536-5665. He is very clean and meticulous. www.freshlookpaintingllc.com He is also an Oceanside resident.

Pool Repair

Long Island Swim-Pool Service…..they were hit by the hurricane as well…but their business is up and running….ask to speak to Barry (he is an Oceanside resident…and a very nice guy). http://longislandswim.com/home.html

Locksmith Recommendations:

Several residents recommend Chardonas Locksmith3942 Long Beach Rd, Island Park – 888-388-7885 (they’re the ones that helped organize the Christams toy drive at the Rec center back in Dec. for all Sandy victims.)

1800-unlocks is a family friend

Ford – call Joe Rebando 516 678 7108 he is amazing and a very good friend you wont be disappointed

Lock and Key in Baldwin. Ask for Mitch.

Spartan in Oceanside near Bleiberg Plumbing supply

Dave at DT Lock – he gets it right the first time, excellent prices: 516-450-LOCK(5625)

Frost Lock 10% off storm victim discount and deal direct with owner they’ve been around over 30 years and have a real store when you need them you can actually find them again

Mill Neck Locksmith 451-0150 same day service, very reliable!


BBB accredited and insured – water and flood damage/cleanup
(866) 452-7847

Storage resources:

Pack Rat

Leonetti Bros. storage 516 536 0344

Zippy Shell – a resident says they’re 1/2 the price of pods

Residents Recommend:

CPA’s knowledgeable about Sandy issues:

• Irene Katz Igor Katz CPA, he is a resident of Oceanside who knows Taxes. 516-763-9322

• Vidulich & Associates – they are in RVC (used to be in Island Park).
516-255-0300 Vidulichltd.com

 Housekeeping/Clean up:

We used Merry Maids. They were very thorough but expensive

If you need any upholstery or carpet cleaning, depending on what new or old ones they have, you can contact MultiServ Carpet and Upholstery cleaning @ 516-238-9886.


Tufano & Sons – they are in Inwood — very reliable and careful — have used them many many times — 516-239-5991

Raising Your House

Companies Mentioned For Raising Homes:

An estimate from an engineer RABCO (in Freeport) and he uses Davis Building Movers (out east). I was told around $100,000 for everything (plans, foundation, the lift, utility disconnect and reconnect and new stairs).

A great engineer: cragnolindesign.com <— i used her after Rabco and was much, much happier. wealth of info, always available & charges a lot less, while getting much more.

We are working with Henry Montiverdie out of Island Park for the design and Madden Construction for the lift.

Bulkhead Repair

Department of Conservation & Waterways
P.O. Box 180
Lido Boulevard
Point Lookout, NY 11569
(516) 431-9200

Bay Constables – (516) 801-5608 or (516) 801-5609



Contractors Recommended:

Long Island Painting & Remodeling, Inc. are offering free plumbers, electricians, contractors, etc. (They are volunteering time, work, and supplies to Sandy victims.) They are licensed and FEMA certified. You can contact them at 263-0649 or lipaint@yahoo.com.Long Island Painting & Remodeling, Inc. are offering free plumbers, electricians, contractors, etc. (They are volunteering time, work, and supplies to Sandy victims.) They are licensed and FEMA certified. You can contact them at 263-0649 or lipaint@yahoo.com.

Dave and Russ from Universal 631 813 0037
AGM Custom Woodworking, Inc. 516 351-1578 – they live in O’side and were affected by Sandy
General Contracting, contact Ricardo Alvarado (917) 952-4604
John Dominick Cusumano in Lynbrook 516-599-4001
Painting contractor – Freshlook Painting in Oceanside is highly recommended. 516-536-5665
Lou Barbello contractors in Lynbrook  917-418-8836 speak to Lou
David Jon Painting & Construction 631 667-5028
Pino Contracting, Inc. 516-799-0485, 516-799-0485
Cavalieri Construction Corp:  Lou Cavalieri – 516-790-4718 cavcorp266@yahoo.com
Capstone Remodeling: Lee – 631-835-2576
North Shore Signature Homes. 917-520-4692. Ask for Rony.
Infinity General Contracting. Contact is Ricardo. (917) 952-4604

LI Builders Institute

Waterproofing Companies Recommended
Steve at Shower Waterproofing in RVC- 516-223-8695 – for shower waterproofing, ceramic tile, shower doors
Delfino Insulation and waterproofing
Harbor waterproofing in Easy Meadow. – exterior waterproofing

www.milro.com  Restoration, lead renovation, mold remediation, water damage, smoke/puff-black, structural damage (Freeport)

Drainage issues/Basement Waterproofing:

-I used Vulcan a few years ago and was happy.   http://www.vulcanbasementwaterproofingli.com/testimonials.htm

Siding/Gutters Recommended
George Parsons roofing & siding
DnJ Home Improvements 516.554.7664
universal services of long island dave631 813 0037 or russ 516 448 8639
Advanced Seamless Gutters – 516-343-4299, 516-678-0893 http://advanced-gutters.com/
Infinity General Contracting. Contact is Ricardo. (917) 952-4604

Garage Doors Recommended
Freeport Garage Door
Long Island Garage Door, contacts name is Gary.
American Door http://www.americandoor.com
Ace from lynbrook came and fixed ours. Great service. 8723667
Brentwood garage
Up and down garage doors
Davidson Garage Doors 516-282-5211.
Long Island garage Door-Small company

Doors Recommended
D & M Custom Cabinets, Oceanside: ask for Paul 516-678-2818
Nassau Doors and Windows in Lynbrook

Fencing Companies Recommended
Rose Fence – Freeport 516-223-0777

If anyone needs an architect. Jim Leonard 718-669-8742

Accent Architecture (516)643-9173, (718)913-6900, (631)561-7404

Architect Robert Ferraro in Lynbrook. 516-593-3787. He was highly recommended to me and he’s great with ToH building dept.

I am an engineer located in Bellmore NY and I have been helping storm victims document their damage…you can contact me at ASB Engineering 516-785-4200

Monte Leeper, 414 Foxhurst Road, Oceanside, NY 11572 http://www.monteleeper.com/  516-678-1978

Chuck Drake / Drakes drywall – 631-399-5542




Perry’s Flooring America (Inquire if they are still offering discounts)
465 Franklin Ave. Franklin Square, NY 11010  516 354-1777
As fellow residents of Long Island, the owners and employees of Perry’s Flooring America have experienced first-hand the devastation of Hurricane Sandy to our property, as well as that of our families, friends and customers. As we continue to rebuild our lives and our homes in the aftermath of Sandy, we thought about what we might do to ease the financial burden of our neighbors in pursuing this considerable task. Whether you will be ready to refurnish your flooring in 3 weeks or 3 months, Perry’s will install from one room to your whole house for FREE. You pay only the material price which is clearly marked on every sample, and we will provide standard labor AND the appropriate padding at NO CHARGE! This applies to every carpet in our store. All labor on our sheet vinyl and hardwood styles will be reduced by 50%. Interest free financing always available.

We are hoping that all of our neighbors are now safe; we know that Superstorm Sandy reeked havoc on our area. We are running a storm special-35% off of all your flooring needs. Inquire if they are still honoring discounts. Hardwood floor refinishing and installations. Carpet cleaning, Removal, new installations. Laminate installation. We will work with your insurance companies as necessary. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of the families who are dealing with devastation and loss; we are here to help you return to normalcy! Call 516-887-5421  (Check to see if they are still offering this discount)

Wholesale Floor Outlet, Freeport (the place that  donated their warehouse for tons of Sandy supplies!!)
Need New Flooring? We are offering Hurricane Sandy victims 30% off!! Contact us today for a free estimate 516-223-5667  157 E. Sunrise Hwy, Freeport (ask if their discount is still current)

Need carpet, laminate, flooring… Finest Carpet and Flooring 516-984-7030

Starbrite Floors located at 2717 Oceanside Road in Oceanside 516 764-4949 is here for all your flooring needs. We are discounting all who have seen damaged from Sandy-we know what your going through-we are victims too. We have carpet, laminate,vinyl tiles,linoleum and carpet cleaning for your area rugs or wall to wall rugs. Stop in or call-we are here for you. God bless you all. Ask me about my vinyl floor that made it through the flooding.  Ask about this discount; this was posted in the first few months after the storm.

Globus Cork Inc. announced that it is offering a major discount on its colored 100% cork tiles for all victims of Sandy. Please inquire with Globus.  (718) 742-7264 http://www.longisland.com/news/02-27-13/flooring-discounts-offered-to-sandy-storm-victims.html

Flooring Companies Recommended:
Pat Gordon Contracting – 516-889-6962 http://www.patgordoncontracting.com
Morgan O’brien Floors – Tom O’Brien 516-623-7935
Tall Oaks Wood Flooring, (631)-9575300 owner name is Ozzy.
Perry’s Flooring America – Franklin Square – 516-354-1777


10% discount (Posted Dec. 2012 – ask them about the discount!!)

J.Sechko Furniture Service
• I lived in Oceanside for 7 years on 5th street just north of Mott. I own a furniture restoration company, we repair and give estimates. If you can put the word out there on your page I am doing a special for Oceanside residents only. They can contact me at http://www.Furniture911.Weebly.com Thank you, John Sechko

PLUMBERS/Heating repair:

Residents recommended these companies:
http://www.awsmechanical.com/  Island Park FREE ESTIMATES 516-889-1900 EMERGENCY SERVICE 24/7
-John McGrady cell (516) 852-3526. He is licensed and insured.  He installed all new pipes etc.
-Pipemasters Plumbing of RVC   516-766-0253.
–  Blane Plumbing & Heating, Bellmore NY 516-781-0929 I
-Montilli Plumbing in Oceanside on Lawson Blvd. 516-569-6565. http://www.amontilliplumbing.com
•  Billy G.’s heating and air conditioning 631-729-6282
•  Able air conditioning & heating. They do plumbing as well. We are a 24 hr comp located in Oceanside. 516-764-4300 http://www.ableairheat.com/
•  Center County- (516) 334-4022
•THOMAS CURLEY PLUMBING & HEATING . FAMILY OWNED, BBB ACCREDITED A+. http://www.curleyplumbing.com. 516-487-6816.
American Cool Air in East Rockaway   593-0888 for HVAC
Casanova mechanical 516-512-4480
Espisto Plumbing and Heating  TOLL FREE: (888) 680-3930 (Farmingdale)
Cilento Pipeline Plumbing & Heating, Inc. http://www.pipelineny.com 245 Merrick Road  Oceanside, NY 11572 (516) 341-6371

Anyone in need if boilers hot water heaters furnaces and AC units I’m here to help, giving low price almost nothing to help those in need, I live in Howard beach. We price to help not to kill, so rather just waiting just Facebook message Craig Adragna at https://www.facebook.com/craig.adragna or text 646-235-1845 for help

Residents’ professional recommendations from Long Beach NY, Hurricane Information *Excellent resources*

ELECTRICIANS Residents recommend 

Pro Tech Electric, Inc., (O’side) 516-593-2333

N-J-S Electric, LLC O’side 516-596-1895

Gunderson Electric – 516-766-2978 (recommended by a few)
RJV Installations – 516-840-7064
Jed Electric – 516-213-8082

Partial List as posted on toh.li (town of hempstead)
ABEX ELECTRIC, O’side 574-1874
PLUG IT IN, RVC, 678-1072
BALDELLI ELECTRIC, Lng. Beach 889-9618
MTE O’side 425-9826
ATOM, RVC 644-3773
Thomas J. Electric, O’side 551-6719
Broadway Electric, Baldwin, 546-1717
C.G. Edwards, O’side 766-6037
Gunderson & Co., O’side 766-2978
Free inspections are available through Empire Electrical. Phone: 516-794-0400.


Got downed trees? Is your yard a wreck? Superscapes Landscaping is giving discounted prices on hurricane sandy recovery. Contact us now for free estimates via facebook, email to confirm– superscapeslandscapingli@gmail.com or 631-494-5105. Also follow us on twitter at www.twitter.com/superscapesli Get a head start on snow removal prices for free estimates contact Superscapes Landscaping 631-494-5105 or visit our website at Superscapeslandscaping.com

Tree removal company

C&H Tree service – fair and top notch service

  •    Howie’s (Howards Tree Service) take down our poor 125 year old cherry tree. We have used them a few times over the years.
  • Howie’s. They are flood victims too. Very nice and very fair pricing.

    John Ramalho tree service

  •  Whatever you do, please don’t use A1 (Mineola). We ended up reporting chris, one of the owners to the BBB and the local precinct. Howies fixed their mess, reasonably and quickly.

     Weeping Willow. My family has used them for 20 years.

      Where is the tree? If it is by the curb, the town will remove it.

    Weeping Willow – nice guys and reasonable prices.

  •   C&H tree service

Sprinklers – repair and install: Residents recommend……

  • ll the big sprinkler co are unreliable I use an independent guy: marks sprinklers. (516) 541-2182. He’s basically solo but very reliable – doesn’t overbook like everyone else

    Yes we just used pacific for a first time install…

  • Highly recommend Pacific Sprinklers. They did a great job with installation and yearly maintenance for the last several years. They r the only company i will use. They r very knowledgeable and professional. They use quality products and will install your sprinklers the right way. They might cost more money than someone else, but they do the job right with and they make sure your sprinkler system doesn’t waste water. I used to use someone else and i regret it. I wasted money on an inferior system that had to be replaced.
    I highly recommend Automatic Irrigation in Baldwin.
  • A.P.I Irrigation 516 489 6988 he replaced my entire sprinkler system, gave me the best deal out of ALL my outside contractors
  •   Pacific, very reliable and did a very professional job!
  •   Creative Water in Lynbrook
  • We used J&A.
  •  My guy is great! Bobby can be reached at: 238-8388. He’s local, been at it for 25 years and he’s amazing. Excellent prices too.

    Retaining Walls

Oceanville on Long Beach Rd.

REMOVAL: If you need to have metal appliances removed/junked such as hot water heater, burner, stove, dishwasher, fridge etc. you can call Big Dee at 347-234-9915. He has tools and will disconnect and remove these items free. He then sells it to scrap or whatever. Its a win/win situation. There  are a few guys like this around. I came across this guy and he seems pretty responsible. I just called him and he answered his phone which in my book is a big plus. Big Dee 347-234-9915.

Long Beach NY, Hurricane Information FB page residents listed tons of service professionals here:https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0Ate0GzHCtEYodDVEdlA2ZzNLMFJXcGdMUzJxcW83QkE#gid=40

Counseling Resources

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Long Island Trauma Recovery Network (TRN) is providing pro bono psychotherapeutic services to individuals affected by hurricane Sandy. Therapists trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) are offering 3-5 sessions free of charge. Please contact Seena Axel @ 516-942-0419 or email her @ drsrussell@aol.com to be connected to a therapist in your area. Please contact to see if this is still being offered.

Free counseling: contact Lori @ 516-544-2341 or email at lzlotoff @ friedbergjcc.org
hours are: Sun 10-2, Mon 10-6, Tues 12-8, Wed 12-4, Thurs 10-4, Fri 10-4 If you, a loved one, a friend, your child could benefit from talking to a therapist – totally free, non-denominational and confidential, please don’t hesitate to reach out. Lori Zlotoff, LCSW, Hurricane Sandy Social Worker, Friedberg JCC at 15 Neil Court in Oceanside;

Let Eugenia know if you know anyone affected by Sandy in need of mental health therapy. She is connected with a team of Long Island EMDR therapists providing short term pro bono therapy. ♥ eugenia@unleashyourfullpotentialnow.com  – Please contact Eugenia to see if this offer is still available.



Project HOPE provides free, confidential crisis counseling to those whose lives were impacted by Hurricane Sandy. Staff is available to assist individuals, families, community groups, businesses and service organizations at no charge.Our goal is to assist our community recover from the challenges of the floods that followed Hurricane Sandy.To reach Project hope call 516-870-1657.
Family Residence & Essential Enterprises, Inc. 191 Sweet Hollow Road, Bethpage, NY 11804

Project Hope
via the South Shore Assoc. for Independent Living, Inc.
Long Beach Medical Center
Heping you recover from Sandy
Support, self-help and Life skills groups
For more info and to register:  516-297-6413 and 516-897-4326
*Project HOPE is funded through a grant by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and facilitated with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Project HOPE is a program of the NYS Office of Mental Health

If you or someone you care about may be in distress related to any natural or man-made disaster and you want them to know where to call for support: Disaster Distress Helpline (a free program of SAMHSA) 1-800-985-5990. Calls are answered 24/7 by trained, caring counselors from call centers throughout the U.S.

Lifenet (counseling) – 1-800-543-3638

Small Business, Insurance and Legal Resources

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Small Business RESOURCES:

Hurricane Sandy Tax Relief

For businesses:

This is to help small businesses help pay for repairs tax free.

New York State Emergency Small Business Loan Program
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that the New York Bankers Association (NYBA) and the New York Business Development Corporation (NYBDC) have agreed to establish a $10 million small business emergency loan fund to provide immediate financial assistance for businesses impacted by Storm Sandy. Under the fund, businesses will be able to apply for low-interest loans of up to $25,000 immediately. For more information on the program and how to apply, visit ESD Hurricane Sandy: Disaster Relief or call 1-855-NYS-SANDY. http://www.esd.ny.gov/

LEGAL resources:

FREE Legal Services for Sandy Victims
The NY Legal Assistance Group has launched a new program to assist those hurt by superstorm Sandy. Legal services include help with landlord-tenant issues over the habitability of apartments, denials of private insurance claims, as well as advice on loan modifications and foreclosure due to damage by or loss of income from the storm. To set up a FREE meeting with a lawyer, call NYLAG at 212-584-3365 or email stormhelp@nylag.org.  NYLAG Attorneys are also at the Friedberg Jewish Community Center on Fridays – 15 Neil Court, Oceanside


Pro Bono Storm Relief Center Opens for Public and Small Businesses
Touro Law Center opened a center to provide referrals, assistance and legal advice for residents and small businesses affected by Hurricane Sandy. The Touro Law Center – Hurricane Emergency Assistance and Referral Team (TLC-HEART) . The public can call the center at (631) 761-7198 and email tlcheart@tourolaw.edu to receive assistance from disaster-relief trained students and attorneys who will match resident concerns with referrals to federal, state and local government agencies and private groups offering storm-related assistance. The telephone hotline will be answered live Monday through Thursday from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm and on Friday from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Voicemail messages can be left 24/7.

Tenant law and tenant rights/landlord rights

Hofstra Law School Clinic 516 463 4739

New York State Bar Association--legal hotline–1 800 699 5636

Legal and other resources:

The Nassau Bar Association has been offering free legal assistance (Sandy-related) since the storm two Mondays a month: https://www.nassaubar.org/For%20The%20Legal%20Profession/SandyResources.aspx

A resident of Long Beach, Jim Ingoglia is a contract Lawyer at the Firm Raiser & Kenniff, his number is 516-742-7600 is able to help you navigate with the issues surrounding the insurance companies.  This service is not free!

Insurance Policy

Insurance Resources New York State: Insurance related questions: Telephone: You may call Monday through Friday, 8:30AM to 4:30PM at 1-800-342-3736, 212-480-6400, or 518-474-6600.

United Policyholders’ Roadmap to Recovery program is distributing tools and tips and providing a voice for people whose property has been damaged or destroyed by Superstorm Sandy and need help navigating the insurance challenges that lie ahead.  www.uphelp.org/blog/roadmap-recovery/hurricane-sandy-claim-help

The Nassau County Department of Assessment will, upon request of the homeowner, visit your storm damaged home for the purpose of a re-assessment to lower your home’s FMV. Call 516-571-2002. For more information about services and assistance available for communities recovering from the impact of Hurricane Sandy, please call United Way of Long Island’s 211 telephone service.

Insurance Companies post-Sandy Report Card.  How are the insurance companies being rated post-Sandy?

Insurance-related issues? Citizens are encouraged to call the Department of Financial Services’s storm hotline (800) 339-1759   Insurance information is also available on the Department’s website, www.dfs.ny.gov 

Which homeowners’ insurance are Oceanside residents using (after State Farm and Liberty dropped them?)

  • I was dropped too. Went with Naragannsett Bay through Jonathan Ginsberg
  •   State farm told me today they are dropping all south of sunrise in nassau county
  •  Narangasset bay
  •   Travellers
  •   State Farm dropped my policy before Irene, and I had never filed a claim. I have my policy through Occidental, I got it through Geico.
  •   Contact Alla Kogan from Liberty Mutual. She can be reached at (718) 273 0405 ext 53428. She replaced mine and few others in the area. Rates are great

     – Fyi – Narragansett Bay gave us $17.36 for a blown off chimney cap after Sandy… and we had structural damage to our roof.
  •  Allstate    (allstate’s policy might be pricey)
    – Nationwide
  •  Andover companies
  •   Providence Mutual
    – I have Mercury (thru CBS Coverage…they are great)
    – call Kathryn Gallagher CBS coverage group, 516-394-7563, I was quoted high rate went to her for car & homeowners and I am now paying 1/2 of quote. she looks at all companie and will find you one

Gardening (Post-Sandy Resources) & Soil Testing/Air Quality Testing/Health Concerns post-Sandy


Oct. 5, 2013:  The Clean and Seed Program will include an initial assessment of a property. Services include the removal, and then replacement, of top soil, lawn seeding and the cleaning of permanent structures around the home. Anyone interested in the program should email send an email to nassauclean@gmail.com or call 516-535-5730.
Gardening:  A PDF on what to do following salt water overwash from Cornell http://ccesuffolk.org/assets/Horticulture-Leaflets/What-to-Do-Following-Salt-Water-Overwash.pdf

Garden Recovery after Storms and Flooding

Learn how to help your garden recover from flooding, storms and salt damage.

Advice from From the Landscaping after Hurricane Sandy forum, 5/1/13:
It is very important to WATER your landscape thoroughly and often, to leach the salt out of the soil.
Apply GYPSUM to your lawn and planting beds to aid in moving the salt out of the soil. -May have to do this several times during the season.
Work ORGANIC MATTER and gypsum into garden beds before planting.
DO NOT FERTILIZE!!!! Fertilizers are salts, and add more salt to the soil.
Have your soil TESTED (Dee’s in Oceanside will do it for free, so we’ve heard) to see what is needed to amend the soil.
AERATE your lawns and gardens….you can use special machinery or just a pitch fork to poke holes around shrubs and trees and through the lawns.
You may have to replace the top layer of soil if it was washed away.
RECONDITION the soil using organic compost, peat moss, and a product called Biotone.
If replacing shrubs/trees, use COMPOST around the root ball.
Best GRASSES to use that are more salt tolerant are Tall Fescue, Bluegrass, and Zoysia.
Best to do vegetables in CONTAINERS this year.
-If you have raised box beds, replace the soil in them.
-Do not expect your trees and shrubs to bloom normally this year; they may bloom later, not at all, or only part of the plant will bloom.
-If they have leaves, they are trying to recover. Treat with compost, gypsum, mulch and biotone….and lots of water. Prune carefully, if at all. PATIENCE is key. See what comes back.
-ANNUALS (flowers) should be fine, as the salt is now lower in the soil and should not affect the relatively shallow plantings. Interesting side note: you may have noticed that many pines appear “burnt” that were nowhere near the flooding. This is because the AIR was so saturated by the salt from the wind-whipped water during the storm, while there was minimal or no rain to “clean” the air. The leaves of these trees were still active in processing nutrients to the plant and so were more susceptible to the salt damage than the nearly dormant leafy trees. Sometimes if the tree was near a building, that side of the tree remained undamaged. We hope this helps you recover your landscaping this season! Good luck!
Info from the Long Beach Gardening forum (Post-Sandy specific) Helpful Documents in these links are called:Helpful Documents – click on each of these to get to the information:CCE: Saltwater Inundation

CCE: Waterwise Gardening

CCE: Long Island Gardening

CCE: Plants Tolerant to Salt Spray and Saline Soils

CCE: Landscape Concerns Post Sandy

Dees: Salt Tolerant Shrubs

Dees: Plants for Seashore Locations


Soil testing ideas and recommendations from residents (April, 2013):

In Suffolk, they do soil testing at The Bayard Cutting Arboretum.

Here is an article on soil testing: This group does mold testing, remediation, insurance claims, assistance, and more. http://www.rtkenvironmental.com/blog/2012/12/hurricane-sandy-information-center-rtk-environmental-group/

-I heard Atlantic nursery in Freeport guarantees all their shrubs/bushes/trees. They told a friend not to buy/plant this yesr but to dig a foot down and turn the soil this year. Plant next year. I would call them or stop in.
– Cornell cooperative extension of Nassau county 516-228-0426 ext 15
-Call Atlantic Nursery in Freeport, I am sure they can help or direct you. They are offering a discount on new bushes etc with your Fema paperwork and ID.
– Call EPA, get a file/ complaint number & they send an inspector.
-Plant veggies in tubs or large pots
-Dees says that they do test soil, but not for sewage or hazardous chemicals.

-Slacke Soil Testing Company; runs about $950  631-269-7930  http://www.slacketestboring.com/

Air Testing/Health Concerns:

Nassau County residents who have medical concerns or questions from environmental exposures associated with Hurricane Sandy can contact the North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health Systems Department of Health and the Occupational and Environmental Medicine Center at 1-855-473-6399, Winthrop University Hospital Department of Occupational Health at 516-663-8890 and Nassau University Medical Department of Occupational Health at 516-572-5380.

Many people have asked about air quality testing. I can refer you to PW Grosser Consulting. Frank Castellano 631-589-6353… I don’t know how much he charges, but I know he’s good!

Savings & Discounts/Monetary Grant Information:


LIPA appliance with ENERGY STAR label discounts: Dehumidifiers, Pool Pumps, Room Air Conditioners, Refrigerators, Refrigerator Recycling http://www.lipower.org/residential/efficiency/rebates/

Energy Rebates and Tax Credits

Household Appliance Grant Program: New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services will help cover the cost of replacing vital household appliances, such as refrigerators, boilers, hot water/heater tanks, washing machines, dryers, dehumidifiers, and furnaces damaged by flooding. Purchase of appliances and equipment must be for replacement purposes only and not covered by insurance or FEMA. To apply call 877-697-6278 or check website: www.NYSappliancerebates.com

RED CROSS is stepping up it’s game and providing assistance to those moving from transitional to (more) permanent housing: They will fund expenses such as first month’s rent, security deposits, broker’s fees, and moving costs. Call 877.733.2767.GOOD WILL is offering up to $50 per family member affected by Hurricane Sandy to shop in their stores for clothing and household items. Clients must bring proof that they were affected by Hurricane Sandy, i.e. FEMA claims, and proof of how many family members they are shopping for (not every person in the family has to come in as long as one person has proof of each individual). Items such as electronics and furniture are NOT a part of this deal.

NYSERDA/EmPower NY is giving out free refrigerators, drywall and insulation to owners or renters who meet Heap requirements until September 30th. The contact is Virginia Walsh 917.567.4278 Virginia.Walsh@honeywell.com


Stores/Appliance stores offering Discounts ~ Residents’ responses:

Lowe’s Home Improvement Store — Sign up to receive a coupon for 10% off purchases up to $5000.

 –I don’t know about stores but GE is giving general rebates for buying more than 1 appliance. We got a $500 rebate on 4 appliances.
PC Richards isn’t advertising it but if you go and talk to them they will give a discount
-Shop local and see the terrific guys at Home Appliance they have rebates and special financing
Lowe’s gives a discount – inquire!
Home depot has instant rebates we saved 1000.00 didn’t have to wait for rebates in the mail. The more you spend the more you save.

-I bought appliances from Home in Oceanside – they are taking good care of neighbors!!! More then half the staff of Home appliance was impacted by the storm. I know from first hand experience they are doing the right thing and you don’t need FEMA paperwork either.

Macy’s is still giving an extra 10% off furniture with FEMA letter; 20% off everything else through 5/2 • –Macy’s  in Roosevelt Field go to 3rd floor offices and fill out quick form they will give you a card good until May 2nd – very easy.
Bed Bath and Beyond and Buy Buy Baby are still offering 20% off your entire order with your FEMA letter (Bed, Bath and Beyond seems to have no end expiration on this deal).
Pottery Barn and all its affiliates are offering 20% (online as well)
Ethan Allen offering 20% until end of March
Bloomingdale’s till May 3rd.
-25% Discount at Crate and Barrel with FEMA #

Nordstrom’s is offering a discount; please inquire with them

Home Depot gives a 10% discount and 18 month financing

For used furniture items and other items in Island Park (free and low cost), be sure to check out https://www.facebook.com/groups/169297489814705/

Globus Cork Inc. announced that it is offering a major discount on its colored 100% cork tiles for all victims of Sandy. http://www.longisland.com/news/02-27-13/flooring-discounts-offered-to-sandy-storm-victims.html


New York State Rising Grant Information:

Beginning May 1, FEMA’s Disaster Recovery Centers will become Disaster Loan Outreach Centers, focusing on funds needed for long-term rebuilding and recovery.  Homeowners, renters and businesses will be able to talk individually with SBA representatives.  Specialists from FEMA will also be available.  They can help you with scanning documents of the 2nd longer NYS Rising Grant application.  Once you apply for the 2nd (longer) NYS Rising Grant application, you will wait and then eventually be assigned a case manager.

Recreation Center and Ice Arena, 700 Magnolia Blvd., Long Beach
Island Park Village Hall (LIRR) parking lot, 127 Long Beach Rd., Island Park

Hours of operation:
M-F: 9a-6p, Sat: 9a-3p
Recovery Hotline 1-855-NYS-SANDY

The State of New York, local governments and its partners are now accepting registrations for housing and small business assistance for residents located in disaster-declared counties. Here is the first step: http://www.nysandyhelp.ny.gov/ Here is the 2nd step/longer form https://apply.nysandyhelp.ny.gov/intelligrants_NYSDR/module/nysdr/Registration.aspx 

NYS Rising: Elevation/Mitigation/Repair Assistance explained (the application is in the paragraph above) http://nysandyhelp.ny.gov/sites/default/files/documents/smart-home_4.26.13_1010am.pdf


Catholic Charities Disaster Case Management: to register with a case manager call 1-631-608-8882 They will help you navigate the red tape with insurance, FEMA, and SBA. They are also working to get building assistance for families via Grants from Red Cross.

Cuomo’s Grant info: http://library.constantcontact.com/download/get/file/1106820556604-136/Disaster+Homeownership+Repair+and+Rebuilding.pdf

Modest Needs has launched a new version of its Hurricane Sandy’ Relief Grant to help persons in these situations. They say: If FEMA has identified you as having been affected by Hurricane Sandy and you OWN your home (you make a monthly mortgage payment, or you own your home ‘free and clear’), but you’re experiencing financial hardship for one of the specific reasons listed above, Modest Needs’ Hurricane Relief Grant may be able to help you, and we’d encourage you to apply for a Hurricane Relief grant. It is our hope that by helping low-income homeowners who are now faced with these kinds of unexpected expenses, we can help to speed recovery from the most devastating storm to hit the Northeast in more than a century. For example: You may have been forced to relocate to a temporary rental while your home is being repaired; You may have qualified for help from FEMA and other types of aid but still need help to afford the cost of the insurance deductible necessary to begin repairs on your home; or you have have received assistance from FEMA or other state / federal sources, but given the cost of repairs necessary to make your home livable, the assistance you received may not have been sufficient to replace a major appliance or other similar necessity that you lost due to the storm (like a refrigerator, or a bed) https://www.modestneeds.org/for-applicants/grant-types-hurricane-relief.asp

National Grid is offering funding up to $1,000 for our residential customers that sustained physical damage and lost natural gas service as a result of the hurricane and flooding http://www.heartshare.org/media/pdf-nationalgridsandy-tier2c.pdf

Sandy assistance for folks with low to moderate income http://www.nyserda.ny.gov/Residential/Programs/Low-Income-Assistance.aspx

OCS, Inc. Grant Update 2/3/13 *There is a waiting list, but please apply, it doesn’t hurt!!* Oceanside Residents and Oceanside School District Staff Members:All with a FEMA number, damage from the storm or affected by This disaster are encouraged to apply for a grant for a maximum of $650 through Oceanside Community Service. Contact 516-208-5991. All will be kept confidential. Also, please spread the word, this is being announced at PTA meetings and meetings of all the organizations in Oceanside. You can contact OCS to obtain an application. (It’s also under photos on our Facebook page or inbox us a message and we’ll post the application to our wall for you to download)
Oceanside Community Service, Inc. 145A Merle Avenue, Oceanside 11572
Phone: 516-208-5991
Fax: 516-594- 0748

Household Appliance Grant Program: New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services will help cover the cost of replacing vital household appliances, such as refrigerators, boilers, hot water/heater tanks, washing machines, dryers, dehumidifiers, and furnaces damaged by flooding. Purchase of appliances and equipment must be for replacement purposes only and not covered by insurance or FEMA. To apply call 877-697-6278 or check website: www.NYSappliancerebates.com

From the Dir. of the LI Council of Churches:
The Community Development Corporation has an emergency home repair loan fund that is available to assist homeowners with loans up to $5,000 for homeowners whose incomes are under 120 percent of area median income, roughly at or below $129,000 for a family of 4.

New York State has made Housing Choice Vouchers available to assist very low income residents who have been permanently displaced by Hurricane Sandy to find rental housing. CDC is administering the program in Suffolk County on behalf of the state. For more information on these http://www.cdcli.org/

Oceanside Sandy Resources (Resources for people w/ disabilities, Mold Resources, Photos, Housing, Volunteering, Newsworthy items, Homeowners, FEMA & County info at bottom)


June 2013 Info ~ A Hodge-podge of great General Resources including Disaster info and Newsworthy items.

Resources for people with disabilities (from residents):

KATHLEEN MADIGAN, cell 609-480-1234, email kathleen.madigan@FEMA.DHS.gov She is the coordinator for helping people with disabilities recover from the disaster.

I have the name and information for someone who got my uncle set up with equipment when he raised his house. This guy was great and such a big help: Ira Minkon . Director of Accessibilties for New York Home Health Care Equipment. Free home evaluations available for stair lifts, ramps, vertical chair lifts and ceiling lifts. (516) 333-2473 ext 2303 or email iminkon@nyhhc.com.

For homeowners with disabilities:

If you need to repair your home after Sandy, you might consider making it more accessible as you repair steps, bathroom, kitchen, etc. The Long Island Housing Partnership’s Rehabilitation Emergency Assistance Program provides funds for improvements to accessibility in disabled Long Islanders’ homes. Up to $15,000 in deferred loans are available. These can be used for various improvements, including wheelchair ramps, widened hallways, accessible bathrooms and kitchens, chair lifts and visual and hearing impairment devices. Applicants must meet income limits set by the federal home loan bank, according to household size:1-2 persons: up to $97,7283+ persons: $114,016 To apply, please call 631-435-471 9 to 5, Monday to Friday, or visit the Housing Partnership at 180 Oser Avenue, Hauppauge, NY 11788.

Building Department Fee Waiver through 9/1/13

Hempstead Town is waiving building department permit fees (building permit and plumbing permit fees) for “in-kind” reconstruction and replacement of homes damaged by Hurricane Sandy in unincorporated areas of the town through Sept. 1, 2013. In addition, the town will waive permit fees through Sept. 1, 2013 for storage pods, and/or private trailers placed on property of single and two-family dwellings being repaired or replaced due to the effects of Hurricane Sandy. Residents of incorporated areas should check requirements of their local villages.  www.toh.li/building-department/hurricane-recovery-information  


Ed Mangano has filed legislation to provide a waiver of fees by the county associated with the rebuilding effort due to Sandy. Once approved, fees for required permits & services will be waived and applicants will be entitled to refunds for fees already paid. http://www.nassaucountyny.gov/agencies/CountyExecutive/NewsRelease/2013/02-01-2013a.html

 MOLD Resources (remediation companies are listed in a separate post where the service professionals are listed)

MOLD STAT – EPA approved

MOLD Katrina video *excellent tool*


Flood Cleanup (multilingual)


Hodge Podge yet Important Resources/Info:

Lost Documents

Did Sandy destroy your passport, birth certificate, marriage license or other important documents? The replacement fee for documents is being waived until June 1. Lost documents, certificates, as well as marriage transcripts lost in the storm? Including birth/death/marriage certificates/deed and mortgage documents. Residents must show a FEMA claim or homeowner’s/flood insurance claim in order to take advantage of the fee waiver. Nassau County residents who have lost records in the storm (deed and mortgage documents) can call the Nassau County Clerk’s Office at (516) 571-6377 to inquire about free replacement records.  Bring a FEMA claim or homeowners/flood insurance claim.  http://www.toh.li/news/875-hempstead-town-extends-fee-waiver-period-on-passports-birth-certificates-other-documents-for-victims-of-hurricane-sand

From Long Island Cares: If you need assistance with food, cleaning supplies, household items, school supplies, pet food, gift cards and more as a result of Superstorm Sandy, we always distribute through our two current locations: Long Island Cares-The Harry Chapin Food Bank at 10 Davids Drive in Hauppauge, and Long Island Cares-Nassau Service Center at 84 Pine Street in Freeport. We are open Monday-Friday from 8:00 AM-4:00 PM and appointments are available on weekends and evening hours. They will give you a space heater via appointment only. For more information please call (631) 582-FOOD or (516) 442-5221

LOST AND FOUND PETS https://www.facebook.com/SandysPets emergencypetshelter@gmail or 516-272-0017

How to file a complaint about a consumer financial service or product http://www.dfs.ny.gov/consumer/fileacomplaint.htm

“Sandy Help Tool Library is now open at RE/Max Long Beach office. This means if people need certain things like staple guns, screw guns, T-bars, power washers, saws, moisture meters, etc. they can come to Bryan Murphy and borrow items. RE/Max: 242 West Park Avenue, Long Beach
Bryan Murphy – please text him (a Long Beach resident) at 516-647-3242 or email him to see if this service is still available at SandyHelpLB@gmail.com

A helpful resource link put together by Island Harvest http://www.islandharvest.org/uploaded/documents/Disaster%20Resource%20Guide.pdf

Sandy Lost Treasures NY/NJ https://www.facebook.com/HurricaneSandysLostTreasures

OHS Class of 1960 has a resource page

If you are in need for used furniture please check out this local site:
Island Park Exchange

Help the Girls who lost their Girl Scout Uniforms in the disaster

Help the Boys who lost their Boy Scout Uniforms in the disaster

Download a guide to Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief programs put out by U.S. Senator Kirsten E. Gillibrand http://www.eacinc.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/Disaster-Relief-Funding-Assistance-Hurricane-Sandy-Guidebook-11-2012.pdf

Compilation of Sandy Info Resources by a Long Beach resident (you may need a google account to sign in (FREE) to access it; you don’t need a gmail account).

Long Beach NY, Hurricane Information has a resource to make purchasing connections for whatever you need!

Freecycle.org – A place to list items for free for people in the community to keep stuff from going into the landfill.

A Facebook group to support Sanitation District 7 https://www.facebook.com/groups/470712642975156/

The Superstorm Sandy Helping Handbook…resources for businesses, individuals and familieshttp://www.mofo.com/files/Uploads/Images/Hurricane-Sandy.pdf
 NY Sandy Furniture Donations can be found here if you are seeking used furniture https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hurricane-Sandy-Furniture-Donations-Community-NY/131016950393385

Need to get rid of paint and chemicals safely? http://toh.li/sanitation-department/stop-throwing-out-pollutants

Susan writes: I’m a pampered chef consultant. I’d love to help anyone trying to get their kitchen back in order. If anyone needs any products I’d be happy to offer 10% off any purchases made by people affected by Sandy. You can visit my website www.pamperedchef.biz/susankeith but you would have to message me their orders so I can apply the discounts. I can set up fundraiser shows too. https://www.facebook.com/Susankeith0929 
Please contact Susan to see if she is the discount is still being offered.
Please support the Bracco family in Oceanside who lost their mother Michelle in the Sandy tragedy. Century 21 in Oceanside on Long Beach Road is accepting donations for this fund as well. Michelle has two beautiful college-aged children and their first floor of their home plus their two cars were destroyed. Thank you. http://www.wishuponahero.com/wishes/?id=1374291

For the time being this project is halted but maybe they’ll revive again soon so you can ‘like’ them on FB for any future updates.  The Interior Design Students at the Fashion Institute of Technology helped the residents severely affected by Hurricane Sandy. Our volunteers will be made up of faculty and students  and offered the following services:
• Measuring spaces and creating layouts of the existing conditions
• Preparing proposed layouts.
• Preparing 3d views of proposals.
• Recommend furniture, fixtures, and finishes within budget restrictions.
• Guide the purchasing process of furniture, fixtures, and finishes; again, within budget.
And more!  The aim is to offer the community professional quality, space planning and interior design services, at no cost. In addition students and faculty will also be able to join other institutions of Higher Education who are participating in the relief efforts.Contact this group on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/IDReliefProject


Do you have damage to your photos?
restoration tips:

Free restoration services: http://www.facebook.com/lilyszabophotography

Free replacement portraits(and volunteering opportunities):

CARE stands for Cherished Albums Restoration Effort. Our mission is simple: to offer FREE digital restoration services for individuals and families whose salvaged photos have been damaged by October’s devastating hurricane.


To search for shelters via text message, text: SHELTER and your zip code to 43362 (4FEMA). For example: Shelter 01234 (Standard rates apply). 1-800-621-FEMA  or call the Red Cross as 1.877.733.2767

FEMA list of hotels:



To help with free housing

Find a place to stay:

Mostly NYC area but also has great links at bottom of page on room rentals/homeshare etc. http://www.urbanedgeny.com/hurricane-sandy-temporary-housing-for-rent

Modular Homes (Melville)

Nassau’s Warm Bed homeless program provided shelter relief to individuals and families immediately after Sandy hit.  Call to see if they are still offering this service as it may have stopped 3/31.  Nassau County Warm Bed Hotline, 1-866-WARM-BED (1-866-927-6233).

Volunteering Opportunities:

Operation Splash! Help clean up the waters of LI post-Sandy (trash removal) http://www.operationsplash.net

Friends of Freeport do occasional Saturday tear-outs, mucking and rebuilding of homes in Freeport http://friendsoffreeportny.org

Long Beach Hurricane Info FB page has a very well organized calendar of local events which may include volunteering http://www.longreachfoundation.org/p/calendar.html

Hope for New York Volunteer Opportunities http://hfny.org/hurricane/

If you would like to volunteer – check out the opportunities at Long Island Volunteer Center at www.longislandvolunteercenter.org.

In the news and noteworthy items:

Island Park Little League – Game on! http://dailynightly.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/04/09/17675067-little-league-returns-to-sandy-ravaged-town

Dakota Fanning films in Oceanside April 2013 http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2310668/Dakota-Fanning-slips-apron-work-bagel-shop-day.html?ito=feeds-newsxml

Raising your house


Flood insurance lawsuit aimed at ‘basement’ definition http://www.newsday.com/business/flood-insurance-lawsuit-aimed-at-basement-definition-1.4526263

More on Basement definition: http://www.propertyinsurancecoveragelaw.com/2013/02/articles/insurance/but-thats-not-my-basement-its-my-kitchen/index.html

Middle Bay Country Club in Oceanside closes for good (video and article) http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2013/01/14/damage-from-sandy-forces-long-island-golf-course-to-close-for-good/  **update:  this club will stay open!!

Oceanside Herald news article on damage to Oceanside including  Oceanside churches and synagogues
Vestal Fire Department Helping Oceanside (video)  — Thank you Vestal Firefighters for helping in Oceanside!!!!!!! http://www.wicz.com/news/video.asp?video=12-1-12sandy.flv&zone=News

NOLA resident made a blog that has helpful info: http://nolaslate.blogspot.com/2012/10/unsolicited-advice-to-northeast-in.html

About 250 people attended a mile-long protest walk and rally Saturday morning in Island Park, hoping to land more federal dollars for Sandy relief efforts. READ: http://bit.ly/UUknvh

An article written by an OHS graduate on the Sandy recovery efforts and Oceanside http://www.policymic.com/articles/21474/my-hometown-s-recovery-from-sandy-has-been-lackluster-but-it-could-have-been-better

Good visual images from OHS alumni who hosted the 1/26/13 Fundraiser at Mio Posto http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tW_pWKR4lq0&feature=youtu.be

Life After Sandy in a RVC hotel room http://liherald.com/stories/Life-after-Sandy-an-RVC-hotel-room,45568?page=1&content_source

OHS, NY students thank OHS, CA students for their support http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QpvOTY9if0o&feature=youtu.be

Chamber of Commerce, Oceanside, CA features thank you letters from O’side, NY residents http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M4lymhl1i2g&feature=youtu.be


A PDF is embedded within this news article re: the federal government announcing in April 2013 that borrowers with home loans insured by the Federal Housing Administration could suspend mortgage payments for up to one year while they repair their homes.  http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/04/12/a-mortgage-holiday-for-some-borrowers-hurt-by-hurricane/?smid=tw-nytmetro

May 2013 from Cuomo http://www.governor.ny.gov/press/05022103sandymortgageprotection
There is an additional grant for homeowners of up to $10,000 available through the government that can offset repair costs that are nototherwise covered by insurance or FEMA. Worst case scenario? You don’t qualify, but this is flying under the radar for many! It’s free to apply.
If it costs $200,000 to fix your home
And only $150,000 covered by insurance
then $31,800 was covered by FEMA assistance.
You would still fall short of the $200,000 needed to fix your home. that’s where this grant for $10,000 comes in. Grants do not have to be paid back. THIS IS NOT A LOAN.
http://library.constantcontact.com/download/get/file/1106820556604-136/Disaster+Homeownership+Repair Call to see if this program is still available.

Homeowners in need of assistance should contact 1-855-HOME-456. From: Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman  “New Yorkers have already suffered enough as a result of Sandy – there is no excuse for unnecessary delays or denials for homeowners who are fighting to rebuild their lives following this storm. This initiative will ensure that homeowners have a champion to help them stand up to the powerful interests that are standing in the way of real relief,” said Attorney General Schneiderman. “My office will assist homeowners who need help claiming the benefits to which they are legally entitled.”

MORTGAGE HELP FOR THOSE AFFECTED BY THE HOME Major state chartered banks (Apple, Dime, Emigrant, M & T, New York Community Bank, Ridgewood, Hanover, and state-registered loan servicers including, Citi, Homeward, Ocwen, Nationstar and others) have offered relief to homeowners with mortgages in the affected areas, including postponing foreclosures and evictions for 90 days,waiving late fees for 90 days in some cases forbearance on mortgage payments for 90 days,waiver of interest charges where a refi has closed but not yet been funded.

HUD, Fannie Mae, and Freddie Mac, are offering similar relief to borrowers whose mortgages they own. Even borrowers who were in foreclosure when Sandy hit will get a break: the agencies are suspending foreclosure sales and evictions for 90 days. This “foreclosure suspension” also applies to mortgages insured by the Federal Housing Administration.To find out if Fannie Mae owns your loan, visit http://www.knowyouroptions.com/lookup. To find out if Freddie Mac owns your mortgage, visit freddiemac.com/corporate To find out if you are within a designated disaster area, visit fema.gov/disasters

*Car Purchase & Car INFO:**

An off-site DMV office has been set up in Long Beach to help you. It is at the recreation center on the second floor of the ice rink.  Cash/check only.

A resident offers this tidbit: According to NYS law you should be owed a sales tax credit if your car was totaled. It would be part of your insurance settlement on your totaled vehicle. Ask your agent

Hassett automotive of Wantagh (Ford, Lincoln, Subaru) offers a $500 discount to people that lost their cars in Sandy (check to see if this deal is still current)
3530 Sunrise Highway  Wantagh, NY 11793 (516) 785-7800

Be careful — residents have reported jacked up car sales prices sadly.

GM, Ford and Toyota Announce Help for Hurricane Sandy Victims

Leverage your purchase with numbers. Many dealerships are giving deals for Sandy victims, but watch them throw in all sorts of extras when you tell them you have 20 people with you also buying from the dealership that offers the most. Click on the link and then scroll to the “Car Connection” tab at the bottom

This link ^^ got media attention at http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-505145_162-57549586/storm-victims-band-together-for-new-car-discounts/

A family business of 58 years wants to help. They have a used car lot in the Bronx where there was NO water damage or wind damage to any of their inventory. Rick Landau cell: 917-859-8644
Company name: B and L Auto
website: http://www.bandlauto.com/
Rick will be offering a $500 discount to anyone who lost a car in the hurricane. They will also supply transportation to view/pick up any cars. They say, “It is our pleasure to give back to the community we love so much. We whole-heartedly stand behind our merchandise an pride ourself in customer satisfaction.”(Check to see if Rick is still offering this discount)

Federal & County programs Info:

The Federal Emergency Management Agency will help those who sustained damage during Sandy with grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster. To apply for disaster assistance, you can register on-line at FEMA’s web site (http://www.disasterassistance.gov) or call 1-800-621-FEMA from 7 am to 10 pm, seven days a week.

A number of emergency programs are available from the U.S. Small Business Administration, whose hotline is 1-800-659-2955. The application Filing Deadline for Physical Damage is December 31, and for Economic Injury July 31. Whether you rent or own your own home, own your own business, or own a small agricultural cooperative located in a declared disaster area, if you are the victim of a disaster, you may be eligible for financial assistance from the SBA.
Home Disaster Loans – Loans to homeowners or renters to repair or replace disaster-damaged real estate or personal property owned by the victim. Renters are eligible for their personal property losses, including automobiles.
Business Physical Disaster Loans – Loans to businesses to repair or replace disaster-damaged property owned by the business, including real estate, inventories, supplies, machinery and equipment. Businesses of any size are eligible. Private, non-profit organizations such as charities, churches, private universities, etc., are also eligible.
Economic Injury Disaster Loans – Working capital loans to help small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture, and most private, non-profit organizations of all sizes meet their ordinary and necessary financial obligations that cannot be met as a direct result of the disaster. These loans are intended to assist through the disaster recovery period. EIDL assistance is available only to entities and their owners who cannot provide for their own recovery from non-government sources, as determined by the SBA.

NYC Pro Bono Center has available free of charge:
A FEMA Appeal letter that applicants can use to dispute a FEMA decision, and
A File Request letter that applicants can use to request their FEMA file.

Disaster Relief:
Empire State Development-Long Island Regional Office
Hurricane Sandy: Disaster Relief for Long Island Businesses
Empire State Development (ESD) has been reaching out to businesses to identify their most immediate needs and help ensure access to every tool possible for a full and speedy recovery. Several ESD business assistance programs are still in development. If you would like us to contact you once the programs are on-line, please go to www.esd.ny.gov/sandyAssistance.asp and fill out our Business Information Form.
For immediate assistance, please contact the following: New York State: The Hurricane Sandy Helpline for New York State Residents is available at 1-888-769-7243 and the most current information on gas, power and recover is available at the Governor’s website: http://www.governor.ny.gov The Federal Emergency Management Agency: For federal disaster assistance, call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). The application for FEMA assistance can be found online at www.disasterassistance.gov. New York State Office of Emergency Management 1-888-769-7243 http://www.dhses.ny.gov/oem

Sheltering and Temporary Essential Power (STEP) program:
· Enables families to remain in, or return to, their homes, as a form of shelter while permanent repairs are completed.
· The program consists of three distinct elements:
o Residential Electrical Meter Repair
o Temporary Essential Electrical Measures
o Rapid Temporary Exterior Repairs
· Examples of eligible repairs include: patching windows or exterior doors, tarp on the roof, minor electrical work, necessary inspections for habitability.
· State and local governments are eligible applicants for direct federal assistance and/or reimbursement of eligible costs under the STEP program.
· Individual homeowners can then use FEMA traditional Individual Assistance to make permanent repairs to their homes.

Nassau County set up a toll-free phone number Sunday exclusively for residents who want to participate in the new Sheltering and Temporary Essential Power (STEP) program through which minor repairs are made so residents can live in their homes while longer-term restoration takes place. The work is paid for by the county and reimbursed by FEMA and the state. The number for Nassau residents is 888-684-4267.

DISASTER UNEMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE http://www.labor.ny.gov/ui/claimantinfo/disaster-unemployment-assistance.shtm  This program, was reported by two residents in May 2013, to have run out of money.  Apply for regular unemployment assistance if this program truly has run out of money.

National Grid’s Hurricane Sandy Relief Program, has some funding to help with repair/replacement of furnaces, boilers, water heaters for customers. Call 1-877-696-4743 to see if you qualify. An O’side resident called and heard that The National Grid assistance program seems to only apply to those people who were previously enrolled in the HEAP program which is a service for people with low income.
http://www.unitedwayli.org/projectwarmth PROJECT WARMTH find out if you qualify for $ to pay for heating.  A resident shares that the National Grid is giving a flat $150 credit on their bill for homeowners who had their gas furnaces and/or gas water heaters destroyed by the storm.

Community Development Corporation of Long Island may have a program that can assist – http://www.cdcli.org or click here Emergency Home repairs up to $5,000 Call to see if this program is still available.

Department of Financial Services – 1-800-339-1759 – http://www.dfs.ny.gov/ has a disaster assistance hotline and can step in to help if you are having problems working with your insurance carrier and/or mortgage servicer.

Current SBA Information:

SBA Loan info/explanations: SBA is the federal government’s primary source of funding for the long-term rebuilding of disaster-damaged private property. SBA helps homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes, and private non-profit organizations fund repairs or rebuilding efforts, and cover the cost of replacing lost or disaster-damaged personal property. These disaster loans cover uninsured and uncompensated losses and do not duplicate benefits of other agencies or organizations. http://www.fema.gov/news-release/2013/01/17/there-are-plenty-reasons-apply-sba-disaster-loan  To be eligible, Sandy-affected folks must first register with FEMA: ONLINE  or call 1-800-621-3362.To apply for a SBA low-interest loan, apply online at www.sba.gov, call 800-659-2955 or or e-mail disastercustomerservice@sba.gov or go to any FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers on Long Island. If you applied for a Small Business Administration (SBA) loan and it was approved, you may be eligible for additional funds to cover the cost of improvements – such as elevating your home – to protect your property against future damage.  The SBA Office is open 9-7pm M-F and they have weekend hours. 127 Long Beach Rd. at the Island Park train station. They are open weekdays at the Baldwin Library. The SBA office located inside the Baldwin Library is no longer open on weekends.

A warning from a homeowner 2/17/13 re: UNSECURED loan from SBA/FEMA: Just letting you all know to be very very careful if you take out an UNSECURED loan from SBA/FEMA—-we took out the small $14,000 UNSECURED loan from SBA/FEMA. This loan is offered to cover things not covered by insurance policy’s. After the money was wired into our account, against every law in the book, SBA/FEMA secured the loan against our house anyway and they changed the loan contract stating it was for landscaping—which is wasn’t—-and to top that, our insurance company retroactively added them to our policy dating back to feb. 2012 even though we just received the money two weeks ago. The Omsbudman at FEMA admits that what they did was illegal, but it hasn’t changed anything. We are now battling this on top of everything else.We haven’t received a check from insurance yet, and now when we do, I don’t know what it going to happen. So, if you are thinking of taking out SBA’s small $14,000 unsecured loan, think twice before you do it—chances are if this happened to us it’s happening to others as well.

The SBDC at Farmingdale State College (Campus Commons Building) is assisting small businesses applying for both the New York State Emergency Loan Fund and the SBA Disaster Loans. We specialize in helping small businesses only.  http://www.farmingdale.edu/academics/centers-institutes/small-business-development-center/small-business-disaster-relief.shtml


May 2013 FEMA Community Forum in Long Beach FAQ http://longbeach.patch.com/groups/hurricane/p/fema-community-forum-frequently-asked-questions

New York’s Federal Coordinating Officer for Hurricane Sandy, Michael Byrne, hosted the first of a series of ‘live’ chats on Twitter this week to address questions and concerns about disaster assistance, tweeting about FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Program, Disaster Unemployment Assistance and housing repair grants in the one-hour session. He will be doing additional chat sessions in the coming weeks. Keep following @FEMASandy for the latest information on the next chat.
Following are some of the most commonly asked disaster aid questions, (in more than 140 characters). For additional Q&As, go to www.fema.gov/SandyNY

I submitted my papers for disaster assistance but have not heard anything, how long does it take to hear back?
If you submitted an application for assistance due to damage to your home, a FEMA-contracted inspector should contact you to schedule an appointment within 10 days of registering. If you are seeking other forms of assistance, and you have completed and mailed in your SBA disaster loan application, you should receive an eligibility letter within 10 days of returning your paperwork. If 10 days have passed and you haven’t heard from us, call the FEMA toll-free Helpline 800-621-3362 (TTY 800-462-7585.)
If you were asked to provide additional documentation and did so and have not heard back, call the helpline as well.
How can I extend my FEMA rental assistance?
To receive additional temporary rental assistance, you must complete the Continuing Need form with all the applicable information and mail it back to us at the address printed on the form. If you don’t have the form, contact FEMA’s toll-free Helpline

What should I do if I’m still waiting on my flood insurance settlement?
Contact your claims adjuster or carrier to see if you may be eligible for an expedited flood insurance payment to cover repairs of your home’s mechanicals damaged in the disaster. You can call the NFIP Help Center 800-427-4661 to address questions about your flood insurance claim or payment.
Why am I required to build above the minimum elevation requirement?
Each community develops their own local building requirements. You should contact your community’s floodplain manager to discuss elevation requirements for your property. Elevation requirements are meant to protect your home from future flood damages. In general, if your home is located in a high-risk area, the higher you build above the base flood elevation, the lower your premium and potential for flood damage. To find out how you need to build contact your community’s floodplain manager who can help you walk through the elevation requirements for your property. His/her contact information is usually available on your city government web site.

Is there money available to elevate/mitigate my home?
There may be assistance available to help you mitigate your home.

· If you already had a flood insurance policy before the storm, and your home was substantially damaged, you may be eligible to receive up to $30,000 in increased cost of compliance coverage to elevate your home after you file your claim. Talk to your insurance agent to determine if you’re eligible.
FEMA provides hazard mitigation grants to states for activities such as structure elevation, property acquisition, and flood proofing. The state determines which activities will be funded with hazard mitigation grants. To learn more about these grants, visit http://www.fema.gov/hazard-mitigation-assistance or contact your local floodplain manager for more details. For more information on New York’s disaster recovery, visit www.fema.gov/SandyNY, www.twitter.com/FEMASandy, www.facebook.com/FEMASandy and www.fema.gov/blog


Nassau County Price Gouging Hotline 516-571-2449
The Disaster Distress Helpline 1-800-985-5990 provides immediate crisis counseling and help to people affected by Hurricane Sandy
Nassau County Police Department –General (516) 573-700 Nassau County Police Department 4th Precinct (516) 573-6400
Nassau County Office of Emergency Management (516) 573-0636 NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation (631) 444-0388
Nassau County Board of Health (516) 227-9717 LIPA- Electrical- Hotline (800) 490-0075
National Grid-Gas-(800) 490-0045 Cablevision 1-866-218-3025
FEMA (800) 758-0362
LIPA: 1-800-490-0075/631-755-6900
National Grid: 1-800-490-0045 (Gas Leaks)/1-800-930-5003 (Service)
Nassau County Non-Emergency Hotline: 1-888-684-4274
Consumer Affairs Price Gouging Hotline: 516-571-2449
FEMA Disaster Assistance Hotline: 1-800-621-3362
NYS Hotline for Insurance Issues: 1-800-339-1759
Nassau Chapter of American Red Cross: 516-747-3500

Consumers who receive suspicious requests for donations or post-disaster services are encouraged to immediately report them to the DOS using the online Consumer Complaint Form found at www.dos.ny.gov or by calling its toll-free hotline at 1-800-697-1220.

FEMA assistance at 800-621-3362 or www.disasterassistance.gov.

FEMA Increased Rental Assistance Subsidy: In addition, as part of the effort to ensure that families and individuals get the support they need, FEMA has increased the amount of rental assistance that it may provide to eligible disaster survivors in New York and New Jersey, including Suffolk County. Rental support, previously based on existing HUD Fair Market Rates (FMR) for fiscal year 2013 has been increased 25 percent. This increased rental subsidy is expected to make additional rental resources in affected areas available for temporary housing for disaster affected families. The FMR for fiscal year 2013, which are based on family size, along with the increases as per 25% increase announced by FEMA.
o 1 bedroom: $1,285 increased to $1,606 o 2 bedroom: $1,583 increased to $1,978 o 3 bedroom: $2,058 increased to $2,572 o 4 bedroom: $2,370 increased to $2,962
IMPORTANT: In order to be eligible for FEMA Rental Assistance you must answer “yes” to when asked if you want to relocate. Note, relocation can be many things, including placing a trailer on your own property for temporary housing.

Stay Strong, Oceanside!!!