In December, I announced that a bill that I supported was signed into law by the governor. The law provides $50 million statewide in flood relief and included a job-retention tax credit to businesses affected by Hurricane Irene. Specifically, it also provides $21 million for direct grants to small businesses, multiple dwellings and not-for-profits that sustained direct flood-related damage from Hurricane Irene
Months after Hurricane Irene, many of the people who do business in Southern Queens and Rockaway are still recovering from the destruction. FEMA attended to the needs of homeowners immediately after the storm, but small businesses and Non Profit organizations were left holding the bill for thousands of dollars in damage.
This particular grant is designed to help small businesses and not-for-profit organizations get back on their feet with the rebuilding and restoration of their offices that were damaged by the storm. The Empire State Development Corporation will administer the $21 million grant program by awarding each eligible entity up to $20,000.
To be eligible for the grant, the entity must have sustained direct damage from Hurricane Irene. Rebuilding and restoration projects are not eligible for the grant if they have already been covered by other federal, state or local programs.
As your Assemblyman, I know firsthand that many businesses and not-for-profits are still struggling to get back on their feet as they make costly repairs. In a time when many of our local businesses and community organizations are hurting, spending extra money to recover from a natural disaster is the last thing they can afford. I was proud to make this money available and now excited to see it in the hands of those businesses and organizations that need it.
Eligible applicants can obtain information by visiting my website at
www.assembly.state.ny.us/goldfeder, by calling 518-292-5340
or by emailing email@example.com.
Applications may be completed online, but an original signed application must be sent to:
Empire State Development
Attn: Hurricane Irene-Tropical Storm Lee Flood Recovery Program
30 South Pearl St.
Albany, NY 12245
As always, if you have any questions regarding this or any other important community issue, please contact my office at (718) 945-9550.