Congressman Pete King

Representing the 2nd District of New York

Hurricane Sandy & Disaster Relief

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Superstorm Sandy was the second largest natural disaster in our nation’s history and the most devastating and costly to affect New York and Long Island. New York State alone experienced $32.8 billion in damage, more than $8.4 billion of which was on Long Island. In many respects, the damage was worse than Hurricane Katrina. In New York alone, over 305,000 housing units and 265,000 businesses were damaged or destroyed by the storm compared to Katrina and Rita, which damaged 214,000 and 18,000 units, respectively. More than 2 million people lost power and more than 171,000 people remained without power more than ten days after the storm.

Congress’ behavior in the aftermath of the storm was reprehensible. After a grueling fight, I led the successful effort to secure an aid package that provides roughly $60 billion for the Northeast. This federal aid will soon start flowing to the State, counties, local governments, and private citizens who so desperately need this money to recover.

The recovery process will be long and painful at times. Please do not hesitate to contact my office should you have any questions or require assistance.

For those constituents impacted by Hurricane Sandy, below are useful links to assistance and resources to help with the recovery effort:

FEMA Assistance
National Flood Insurance
SBA Disaster Loans
New York Rising
IRS Tax Relief for Sandy Victims
HUD Assistance for Those Forced from Their Homes
Medicare Enrollment Flexibility
FEMA Housing Assistance
FEMA STEP Program
Fire Department Grants
NFIP Sandy Accelerated Partial Payment Process
Recreate NY Smart Housing Program
New York State Small Business Storm Recovery Program

FEMA’s Disaster Recovery Centers:

FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers are a readily accessible mobile office where applicants may go to receive guidance regarding disaster recovery, clarification of any written correspondence received, Housing Assistance and Rental Resource information, resolutions to problems and referrals to agencies that may provide further assistance, status of applications being processed by FEMA, as well as U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) program information.

Nassau

Recreation and Ice Arena
700 Magnolia Blvd.
Long Beach, NY 11561
Hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mon-Sat, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sun

Sacred Heart Parish
RR station parking lot
127 Long Beach Rd.
Island Park, NY 11558
Hours: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mon-Sat, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sun

Cedar Creek Park
Merrick Rd. East
Seaford, NY 11783
Hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mon-Sat, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sun

Freeport Recreation Center
130 E. Merrick Rd.
Freeport, NY 11520
Hours: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mon-Sat, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sun

Suffolk

Copiague Memorial Public Library

50 Deauville Blvd

Copiague, NY 11726

House: 9 am to 6 p.m. Mon-Fri, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sat

FEMA Disaster Assistance:

Individuals can register with FEMA online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or via smartphone or tablet at m.fema.gov. Applicants may also call 800-621-3362 (Voice, 7-1-1/Relay) or

TTY 800-462-7585. The toll-free telephone numbers operate 7 a.m. to 1 a.m. EST, seven days a week.

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.

Casualty Loss Filing Extension:

Taxpayers may deduct losses of property (not connected to a business) when the losses are from a casualty such as a hurricane, theft, or flood, and those losses are not reimbursed by insurance, FEMA, etc. 

The deduction is generally claimed in the year of the loss. However, a loss in a federally declared disaster area may be deducted in the year prior to the disaster.  In the case of Sandy, the IRS granted a 6-month filing extension for casualty losses for Sandy victims. This means a filer can amend 2011 tax returns with casualty losses through Oct. 15, 2013, which is in line with the extension provided after Katina/Rita.

To file for the deduction, taxpayers must fill out form 1040x.

Sandy Survivors with Home Accessibility Needs:

Survivors with home accessibility needs because of Hurricane Sandy, especially older adults and people with disabilities, are encouraged to stay in touch with the Federal Emergency Management Agency. FEMA may be able to assist if elevators or electricity are not working properly, even if the structure did not sustain damage.

Residents living in buildings with non-working elevators or inaccessible common areas may be eligible for temporary rental assistance or other disaster-related assistance from FEMA. are urged to call the FEMA helpline 800-621-3362 (Voice, 7-1-1/Relay) or TTY 800-462-7585. Call centers are available 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. EST, seven days a week.