I want to take this opportunity to remind those that were affected by Hurricane Sandy that the deadline to register for FEMA assistance has been extended to March 29, 2013.
The previous deadline was February 27, 2013.
Federal disaster assistance for individuals and families can include money for rental assistance, essential home repairs, personal property losses and other serious disaster-related needs not covered by insurance.
The deadline extension came after the state requested it be extended.
The request also included a 30-day extension for individuals and businesses to apply to the Small Business Administration for lowered-interest loans.
Applicants who use 7-1-1 Relay or Video Relay Services (VRS) may call 800-621-3362. The toll-free telephone numbers operate 7 a.m. to 1 a.m., seven days a week until further notice.
The SBA Disaster Customer Service Center toll-free number is: 800-659-2955 (TTY 800-877-8339).
A simple and fast way to complete an SBA application is online is available at: https://DisasterLoan.SBA.gov/ELA.
FEMA and SBA representatives are available to answer questions at each Disaster Recovery Center.
You may also text “DRC” and your Zip Code to 43362 (4FEMA) or call 800-621-3362 (TTY 800-462-7585).
For more information on New York’s disaster recovery, visit
Sen. Jack Martins is the representative of New York's Seventh Senatorial District. He was elected to the State Senate in 2010 as a Republican from Mineola.