|Event:||Winter Weather Advisory|
...STORM ENDING AS A BAND OF SNOW THIS AFTERNOON INTO EARLY EVENING... ...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM EST THIS EVENING... * LOCATIONS...NEW YORK CITY...AND EASTERN PORTIONS OF THE LOWER HUDSON VALLEY. * HAZARD TYPES...A DEVELOPING BAND OF SNOW LATE THIS AFTERNOON. * ACCUMULATIONS...AN ADDITIONAL COATING TO ONE INCH OF SNOW...WORST CASE OF TWO INCHES. THERE IS SOME UNCERTAINTY IF THE BAND DEVELOPS OVER THE AREA OR JUST EAST. * TIMING...A BRIEF PERIOD OF SNOW WILL DEVELOP LATE THIS AFTERNOON. THE SNOW COULD BE BRIEFLY MODERATE. * TEMPERATURES...IN THE LOWER TO MID 30S. * IMPACTS...SLIPPERY TRAVEL CONDITIONS AND REDUCED VISBILITIES.
Saturday, January 24, 2015
|Event:||Special Weather Statement|
...AREAS OF BLACK ICE SUNDAY MORNING... AREAS OF BLACK ICE ARE POSSIBLE AFTER MIDNIGHT INTO EARLY SUNDAY MORNING ON UNTREATED SURFACES AS TEMPERATURES FALL TO JUST BELOW FREEZING. MELTED SNOW FROM THIS MORNING`S STORM MAY REFREEZE CREATING HAZARDOUS CONDITIONS ON SURFACES THAT HAVE BEEN CLEARED OF SNOW...BUT UNTREATED FOR ICE.
Friday, January 23, 2015
|Event:||Winter Weather Advisory|
...A WINTRY MIX FOR SATURDAY... ...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO 6 PM EST SATURDAY... * LOCATIONS...NEW YORK CITY...WESTERN AND CENTRAL LONG ISLAND AND PORTIONS OF PORTIONS OF NORTHEASTERN NEW JERSEY. * HAZARD TYPES...SNOW AND ICE. * ACCUMULATIONS...SNOW ACCUMULATION OF 2 TO 5 INCHES...ALONG WITH A FEW HUNDREDTHS OF AN INCH OF ICE. HIGHER SNOW AND ICE ACCUMULATIONS ACROSS NORTH AND WESTERN PORTIONS OF LONG ISLAND...NORTHERN PORTIONS OF NYC METRO AND NORTHEASTERN NEW JERSEY. * VISIBILITY...ONE QUARTER MILE OR LESS AT TIMES EARLY SATURDAY MORNING. * SNOWFALL RATES...1 INCH PER HOUR EARLY SATURDAY MORNING. * TIMING...SNOW BEGINS LATE TONIGHT. SNOW WILL BECOME MODERATE TO HEAVY EARLY SATURDAY MORNING...THEN MIX WITH AND CHANGE TO SLEET AND FREEZING RAIN AND RAIN AROUND OR SOON AFTER DAYBREAK. PRECIP SHOULD CHANGE TO MAINLY SLEET AND RAIN BY MID TO LATE MORNING AND THEN MAY GRADUALLY CHANGE BACK TO SNOW LATE SATURDAY AFTERNOON BEFORE ENDING IN THE EVENING. * IMPACTS...HAZARDOUS TRAVEL CONDITIONS DUE TO REDUCED VISBILITIES AND SNOW/ICE COVERED ROADS.
Thursday, January 22, 2015
Hazardous Weather Outlook
HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NEW YORK NY THU JAN 22 2015 CTZ005-009>012-NJZ002-004-006-103>108-NYZ067>075-078>081-176>179- 232130- NORTHERN FAIRFIELD-SOUTHERN FAIRFIELD-SOUTHERN NEW HAVEN- SOUTHERN MIDDLESEX-SOUTHERN NEW LONDON-WESTERN PASSAIC- EASTERN PASSAIC-HUDSON-WESTERN BERGEN-EASTERN BERGEN-WESTERN ESSEX- EASTERN ESSEX-WESTERN UNION-EASTERN UNION-ORANGE-PUTNAM-ROCKLAND- NORTHERN WESTCHESTER-SOUTHERN WESTCHESTER-NEW YORK (MANHATTAN)-BRONX- RICHMOND (STATEN ISLAND)-KINGS (BROOKLYN)-NORTHWESTERN SUFFOLK- NORTHEASTERN SUFFOLK-SOUTHWESTERN SUFFOLK-SOUTHEASTERN SUFFOLK- NORTHERN QUEENS-NORTHERN NASSAU-SOUTHERN QUEENS-SOUTHERN NASSAU- 422 PM EST THU JAN 22 2015 THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR SOUTHERN CONNECTICUT...NORTHEAST NEW JERSEY AND SOUTHEAST NEW YORK. A RAPIDLY DEEPENING COASTAL LOW WILL EMERGE FROM THE EASTERN GULF OF MEXICO FRIDAY NIGHT AND THEN TRACK NORTHEAST ALONG THE EASTERN SEABOARD ON SATURDAY...PASSING SOUTH AND EAST OF LONG ISLAND SATURDAY EVENING. THIS WILL BE A FAST MOVING SYSTEM WITH THE POTENTIAL FOR 2 TO 5 INCHES OF SNOW AND UP TO A TENTH OF AN INCH OF ICE. STAY TUNED...AS THERE IS STILL SOME UNCERTAINTY WITH THE PRECIPITATION TYPE AND AMOUNTS DUE TO THE STORM TRACK AND INTENSITY.
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
In mid-December Build It Back announced it was increasing construction capacity in Queens, Staten Island and Brooklyn and stepping up local hiring for recovery construction, which was issued by the city Department of Design and Construction and the Mayor’s Office of Housing Recovery.
According to a spokesman, the Department of Design and Housing Recovery are issuing a new procurement for construction management and design firms that will greatly expand this construction and there will be separate competitions for new construction managers in all three boroughs. Local hiring will include construction apprenticeship programs and jobs.
Construction managers are encouraged to work with community groups and job training programs to identify candidates for construction-related work and required to register all job opportunities with Sandy Recovery Workforce 1, a first look job pipeline jointly managed by Housing Recovery and small business services.
“This procurement also marks a renewed commitment to local hiring on recovery projects, increasing social and economic resiliency in Sandy-affected communities through substantial workforce investment,” the HRO spokesman said. “The new hiring and contracts will go into place in the spring 2015.”
A pre-proposal conference for requests for proposals was held Dec. 19 in Long Island City and all applications were due by Jan. 8. The conference addressed an estimated total rehabilitation of 1,250 construction projects in Queens and 950 total elevations of dwellings. The neighborhoods include Edgemere, Far Rockaway-Bayswater, Hamilton Beach, Old Howard Beach, Rockaway Beach and Rockaway Park.
Amy Peterson, director of the Mayor’s Office of Housing Recovery, believes that since the mayor’s overhaul, this has been a year of significant progress.
“We expect the onboarding of new construction firms who will deploy new strategies to target entire neighborhoods, which will continue to accelerate the city’s Sandy recovery,” Peterson said. “We have also broadened the channels of communication by making regular visits to community meetings and participating in the Queens Sandy Recovery Task Force led by Borough President Melinda Katz.”
According to Feniosky Pena-Mora, commissioner of DDC, the department is excited to participate in the city’s Housing Recovery program by expanding the capacity of the city to get affected residents back in their homes.
“By contracting with large fully integrated construction management and design teams, we are hoping to provide innovative design and construction strategies to build back these neighborhoods to make them stronger and more resilient before any future events,” Pena-Mora said.
Assemblyman urges City Hall to enroll in FEMA Community Rating System Program to lower homeowner flood insurance rates
Enrolled Communities can reduce National Flood Insurance Program rates up to 45% through community programs and awareness campaigns
Howard Beach, Queens - With many families still struggling to recover from Superstorm Sandy and with federally-backed home flood insurance rates scheduled to rise drastically in the coming years, Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D - Howard Beach) is calling on Mayor Bill de Blasio to enroll New York City in FEMA's Community Rating System (CRS) Program to help reduce flood insurance premiums for thousands of affected families. Communities enrolled in CRS can reduce household premiums by up to 45% through community awareness programs and other city-wide mitigation efforts.
"Too many families in southern Queens and Rockaway are drowning in debt as they struggle to recover from Superstorm Sandy. With flood insurance rates continuing to rise, now is the time to take advantage of programs already in place that can help reduce costs," said Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder. "That's why I urge Mayor de Blasio to enroll New York City in the Community Rating System (CRS) and provide some much-needed relief to our families."
In a letter to Mayor de Blasio, Goldfeder called on the city to join the CRS program. Goldfeder explained that approximately 85% of his district, including his own home and district office, was affected by Superstorm Sandy. He noted that the increase in flood insurance premiums in recent years could have devastating consequences for our families and that many have expressed concern over the ability to pay their bills.
"Right now I'm paying $2,400 in flood insurance premiums and my rates just keep going up," said Allen Goldberg, a Rockaway Park resident of 20 years. "Reducing my premium would mean being able to keep my home and hopefully retire someday."
"I have two children in catholic school. Between paying tuition and covering my family's expenses, it becomes a real burden to give $2,000 lump-sum to FEMA every year." said Patricia Mastronardi of Howard Beach. "I've gotten to the point where I would consider leaving the community just to save the money."
According to FEMA, the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) Community Rating System (CRS) is a voluntary program implemented in 1990 to encourage flood-prone communities to take additional steps to mitigate flood risks faced by home owners. Participating CRS communities can reduce flood insurance premium rates in 5% increments (up to 45%) by completing any of 18 creditable activities falling into four categories: public information, mapping and regulations, flood damage reductions, flood preparedness. These activities can range from meeting minimum flood elevation requirements for new constructions, to making flood maps and protective measures available to residents via municipal websites or at public libraries.
Municipalities can apply for the CRS program by sending a formal letter of intent from the mayor or chief executive to FEMA to request inclusion in the program. FEMA would then work with the community to ensure necessary compliance with minimal flood mitigation requirements for the program. Currently, nearly one hundred Sandy-impacted municipalities throughout New York State and New Jersey are already enrolled in the CRS program. According to FEMA, some of these communities are already seeing flood insurance premiums reduced by a quarter, translating to millions in savings for homeowners.
Last year, Assemblyman Goldfeder joined his counterparts in Washington, D.C. to urge Congress act to protect families from the effects of the Biggert-Waters Act, which intended to cut subsidies to NFIP-backed premiums and substantially raise rates paid by homeowners. As a result, Congress passed the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2014, which President Obama later signed into law. This law amended provisions of Biggert-Waters by delaying its full implementation, raising many homeowners' rates by as little as 5% a year, and capping increases in flood insurance rates at 18% annually until premiums reached full-risk rates. However, this law would require reauthorization to continue to delay the full effects of Biggert-Waters, leaving many homeowners worried about the potential for greater increases in premiums in the future.
"I was born and raised in Rockaway and now my wife and I are raising our children here. I'd hate to think that our children might not be able to afford the neighborhood because of the extremely high cost of flood insurance,"concluded Goldfeder. "We must ensure that all our families can continue to afford living in the neighborhoods we know and love."