ALBANY, N.Y. -- The deadline for New Yorkers to apply for federal/state assistance in the wake of Tropical Storm Floyd has been extended to December 17. Officials of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in Washington approved the deadline extension this afternoon, following a request from Gov. George E. Pataki.
"We were very near the original 60-day deadline of November 17," Federal Coordinating Officer Marianne C. Jackson said, "but we are still getting more than 40 applications a day. We are renewing our efforts to identify and reach individuals who may not have registered for various reasons, including age and disabilities."
Homeowners, renters and business owners in Albany, Dutchess, Essex, Greene, Orange, Putnam, Rensselaer, Rockland, Schenectady, Ulster and Westchester counties can apply by calling the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) toll-free number, 1-800-462-9029. Those with speech or hearing impairments can call the TDD registration number 1-800-462-7585. Phone lines are open seven days a week, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Applicants may qualify for assistance under several federal and state programs such as disaster housing assistance, grants to meet disaster-related needs, or U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) disaster loans. SBA loan applications for physical damage now must be completed and returned to SBA by December 17. Businesses applying for Economic Injury Disaster Loans from the SBA still have until June 19, 2000 to apply.
"Even with the 30-day extension, we hope those who suffered losses or damage because of the storm will call and apply as soon as possible," State Coordinating Officer Edward F. Jacoby, Jr., said. "The sooner people apply, the sooner they can get the help they need."