More Than $1 Billion in Superstorm Sandy Aid Could Leave Region
By Laura Kusisto and Josh Dawsey – April 20, 2014
Federal officials may divert more than $1 billion of aid money to disasters other than superstorm Sandy, money that New York and New Jersey are banking on to finish repairs to thousands of homes and complete major infrastructure projects. Laura Kusisto reports. Photo: Getty.
Some flood insurance relief on the way for Staten Islanders May 1 after passage of Grimm’s bill
By Jillian Jorgensen on April 16, 2014 at 6:40 PM
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – Some homeowners will begin to see flood insurance premium relief next month after the passage and signing of Rep. Michael Grimm’s Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act.
Staten Island elected officials call on government to clean up garbage in Bay Terrace
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — In the borough that for decades was defined by the Fresh Kills landfill, the emergence of an impromptu dumping ground on a six-block stretch of Hylan Boulevard in Bay Terrace is very much a sore point.
Officials who held a press conference at the site Monday said the silence from city and federal officials — the dump abuts the National Recreation Area’s Great Kills Park — has been deafening.
After Staten Island Ferry captain blows whistle about ‘risky’ boats, Rep. Grimm wants U.S. Coast Guard briefing
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Rep. Michael Grimm (R-Staten Island/Brooklyn) on Monday announced that he has requested a formal briefing with the U.S. Coast Guard, following a Staten Island Ferry captain’s allegations, published in the New York Post on Sunday, that passengers are “at risk,” especially on the fleet’s three Molinari-class vessels.
The ferry boat captain, whose name was not published, was sharply critical of the U.S. Coast Guard.
“I don’t understand how the Coast Guard allows these boats to go out sometimes,” the captain told the Post. “They really do put people at risk. If this were a private company, the Coast Guard would be all over them.”
Graham Beach residents to qualify for enhanced state buyouts
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Hurricane Sandy-ravaged homeowners in Graham Beach received some long-awaited news, as the storm-weary community will now qualify for enhanced buyouts from the state, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s office announced Saturday.
The New York State Office of Storm Recovery expanded its NY Rising Housing Recovery Program to include the Graham Beach section of Midland Beach, an area that runs from Slater and Graham Beach boulevards to Father Capodanno Boulevard and Quincy Avenue.
SI Lawmakers Say It Can Take Years For Spouses of Veterans to Receive Benefits
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City Councilman Vincent Ignizio and Rep. Michael Grimm say it can take years for surviving spouses of veterans to get their benefits because of a “quirk” in the system, and Ignizio plans to get in touch with the commissioner of the Department of Health to try to immediately change the paperwork at the city level.
Death certificate snafu can leave military spouses battling for benefits
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — It was hard enough for Josephine Maruffi and Carmela Fernandes to lose their husbands after lifetimes spent together.
But the pain was deepened when the Veterans Administration (V.A.) denied the widows the benefits they were due through their husbands’ military service.
Hurricane Sandy victims demand action from city during march in Midland Beach
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — They aren’t clowning around.
Victims of Hurricane Sandy fed up with the city’s slow recovery response took to the streets Saturday, leading a march to raise awareness of the problems surrounding city relief efforts such as Build it Back.
Grimm Starts ‘Hire Our Heroes’ Campaign to Encourage Businesses to Hire Veterans
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — When Pleasant Plains resident Adam Krigel, 24, finished his tour in Afghanistan as a U.S. Army specialist last year, he looked forward to coming home and starting his life.
Grimm shaves aide’s head for charity
Liam McCabe lost nearly all of his hair on Saturday, but he didn’t mind a bit.
McCabe, an aide to U.S. Rep. Michael Grimm (R-C-Bay Ridge-Dyker Heights-Staten Island), agreed to have his boss shave his head to raise money for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a children’s cancer charity.