Honorable Charles Schumer Visits Point Lookout Beach

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Sen. Charles Schumer on Sunday March 24, 2013 urged the federal government to get to work immediately on a Long Beach barrier island storm protection project that could otherwise be delayed by a long-term study up to two years.

 

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FEMA Neighborhood Task Force

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FEMA’s Neighborhood Task Force Initiative (NTFI) and the Point Lookout Chamber of Commerce are working together to identify the small business community’s needs, issues and obstacles to recovery, with regard to Hurricane Sandy. FEMA is working alongside state and local officials, and Chambers of Commerce to ensure that businesses have the information and resources needed for disaster assistance.

The Neighborhood Task Force Initiative Team (NTFI) is dedicated to working with the Point Lookout Business Community and is currently assessing the needs and responding to issues, questions and concerns of local businesses.

FEMA understands that the Point Lookout Chamber plays an important role as a liaison representing community based businesses in Point Lookout and looks forward to addressing disaster related issues and unmet needs of our members.

The following resources can provide more information on disaster assistance:

Individual Assistance: www.DisasterAssistance.gov or via smartphone or table at m.fema.gov
Disaster Recovery Centers: www.FEMA.gov/disaster-recovery-centers to locate a center closest to you.
Small Business Administration: https://DisasterLoan.SBA.gov/ELA to apply online or visit www.sba.gov.
National Flood Insurance Program: www.floodsmart.gov
Increased Cost Coverage (ICC): 1-800-427-4661 (TTY: 1-800-427-5593)
Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP): www.dhses.ny.gov/oem/event/sandy/mitigation
New York’s Disaster Recovery: www.fema.gov/disaster/4085

For more information and copy of FEMA’s Private Sector E-News update send an email to: FEMAPrivateSector-DR4085-NY@fema.dhs.gov

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Point Lookout from 8,000 ft

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Hurricane Sandy Cleanup Continues in Point Lookout, NY 11569

The Town of Hempstead has been doing a stellar job of removing refuge from the effects of Hurricane Sandy in Point Lookout, NY. Workers are seen loading trucks on Lido Blvd in front of JoJo Apples Cafe.

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Power Returns To Point Lookout, NY

On Friday afternoon power began to return for residents south of Lido Boulevard in Point Lookout, NY. Over the course of few hours, power was returned to the entire town.

Earlier today, residents congregated at the PL/Lido Firehouse for the noon briefing which indicated that power would be restored by 6PM.

If you have not returned to Point Lookout, you are instructed to fill out a request for inspection at the firehouse. Crews from National Grid are also restoring gas service. If any part of your mechanical systems were compromised by the tidal surge, you may need to have those systems evaluated by a heating/electrical professional before operating those systems.

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Residents Urged to Return to Point Lookout for Electrical Inspections

The Point Lookout Chamber spoke with Chas Thompson who is the commissioner of the Point Lookout-Lido Fire Department on Thursday November 8, 2012. He is urging residents to return to Point Lookout at their earliest convenience for home inspections in order to restore power. He also urged residents to attend daily briefings at the Point Lookout Firehouse each day at noon.

All residences and buildings in the Point Lookout and Lido Beach communities are required to have an electrical inspection completed before power will be resotered by LIPA. You may hire your own licensed electrician or take advantage of a partnership Nassau County has with a private contractor, Empire Electrical, free of charge.

Representatives will be visiting all locations door-to-door to conduct Post-Hurricane Sandy Electrical Surveys in preparation. To take advantage of the no-cost inspections, property owners must only sign a company liability waiver. You may download and print copies of the Survey and Liability waiver here:

– Post-Hurricane Sandy Electrical Survey
– No-cost Inspection Liability Waiver

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Breakdown of Local Government in Nassau County

The Point Lookout Chamber of Commerce appreciates the inquiries and comments that have been sent voicing your needs and concerns in the restoration of utilities in Point Lookout. We understand that many people are suffering throughout Nassau County, some have greater obstacles to overcome, some less.

In an attempt to systematically address the restoration of power, the Point Lookout Chamber of Commerce has requested a comprehensive plan from local and county government to inform residents of a process to restore utilities. As of today, it appears that the Point Lookout/Lido Fire Department serves as the only form of local government. Our requests for a 5K generator to be delivered and a fuel distribution point be set up by the National Guard remains unanswered.

The Point Lookout Chamber of Commerce spoke with legislator Denise Ford on Thursday November 8, 2012 to discuss the situation in Point Lookout, NY. In that conversation, Ms. Ford suggested that there has been a total breakdown in communication between the Town of Hempstead and Ed Magano, the County Executive.

At this point The Point Lookout/Lido Fire department serves the role of local government with meetings and updates daily at the firehouse.

We will continue advocating to the local and state government for more accountability in this situation and a speedy recovery of power.

Richard Zampella
VP & Communications Director
The Point Lookout Chamber of Commerce
www.plnychamber.com

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More Controversy Caused by LIPA in the Aftermath of Hurricane Sandy

A controversy is erupting in relationship to restoring power throughout Nassau County which effects Point Lookout, NY. Over the past few days we have tendered many questions relating to the restoration of gas and electrical service in the community. The most common question is when service will be restored, followed by questions pertaining to the process to have utilities restored to homes and businesses. LIPA, whose power map has incorrectly indicated that Point Lookout has electricity restored all week, has determined that homes & business in their determined “flood zone” will require inspection before re-establishing gas & electricity service. Many Nassau residents have questions concerning power restoration in areas that have experienced flooding during Hurricane Sandy. Neighbors want to know whether LIPA, the county, towns or villages are responsible for executing a power restoration plan to homes and other buildings in those “flood zones.”

In essence, LIPA would place the burden to restore service on the account holder. They would require that you contact them and expect you to sit in the cold & dark until they can conduct their inspection. Instead, the Point Lookout/Lido Fire Department has initiated inspections this week in Point Lookout.

Information for Point Lookout Residents Looking to Restore Gas & Electric Service

Many Nassau residents have questions concerning power restoration in areas that have experienced flooding during Hurricane Sandy. Neighbors want to know whether LIPA, the county, towns or villages are responsible for executing a power restoration plan to homes and other buildings in those “flood zones.”

What’s Happening/Who’s Affected?

As a necessary safety measure to protect homes from extremely serious dangers associated with electrical wiring which has become wet, LIPA has designated geographic areas where flooding was widespread during Hurricane Sandy. Homes and other structures within those areas are required to have electrical systems inspected before LIPA can safely restore power.

The properties affected by the inspection requirement are all structures south of Merrick Road and east of the Meadowbrook Parkway, as well as, all properties that are south of Atlantic Avenue and west of the Meadowbrook Parkway.

Some of the communities included in this area are:

Baldwin Hewlett Neck Oceanside
Baldwin Harbor Inwood Point Lookout
Cedarhurst Island Park Seaford
Barnum Island Lawrence South Valley Stream
East Rockaway Lido Beach Valley Stream
Hewlett Long Beach Wantagh
Hewlett Bay Park Lynbrook Woodmere
Hewlett Harbor Merrick Woodsburgh

Portions of the above communities that are north of Merrick Road that have experienced water intrusion into their electric facilities (or Atlantic Avenue, west of Freeport) are also subject to this requirement.

How Will My Electrical System Be Checked, Who Will Do the Work?

Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano took the pro-active step of partnering with Empire Electrical Inspectors of New York, a private contractor, to assist LIPA in restoring power to homes throughout the County. The contractor will inspect the electrical systems of all structures in areas where flooding was widespread.

What If My Electrical System Is Okay?

If a building’s electrical system has not become wet, the private contractor will notify LIPA that electrical power can safely be restored.

What If My Electrical System Is Not Okay?

If an electrical system is determined to have become wet and the system cannot be re-energized safely, the homeowner will need to hire a licensed electrician to make necessary repairs. The electrician will them arrange for a private certified electrical inspector to perform an inspection and issue a certificate of inspection. The property owner would then supply a copy of the certificate to LIPA to have power restored.

The Good News: Inspections Are Free

The good news regarding the electrical inspections is that there is no cost to homeowners. Homeowners must only sign a company liability waiver to take advantage of the no-cost inspections.

When Will Inspections Occur?

Hundreds of people working under Empire Electrical Inspectors are going door-to-door now in communities in the areas described above and in other towns. Updated information on the time frame for the contractor to complete work in the town and the entire county will be forthcoming.

Do I Need Any Government Inspections?

Inspections of electrical systems are being performed by the private contractor. In the event repairs are required, no town inspections are required for direct replacement of electrical components. All repairs must be made by a licensed electrician. Homeowners will need to have a private certified electrical inspector examine repair work and provide an electrical inspection certificate before LIPA will restore power.

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Letter from Legislator District 4 Denise Ford to The Point Lookout Chamber of Commerce

Dear Zampella,

I share your frustration as I am a resident in the West End of Long Beach. I did visit Point Lookout this morning to meet with your firefighters and I am working with them to get a representative from LIPA down to hear their concerns and hopefully expedite restoring the power to your neighborhood.

I will keep in touch with them but please continue to keep in touch with me. It may take a while before I can answer you as I do not have internet service where I live.

I will take a copy of this email home with me as it has your telephone number. I wish I could have given you a better response but I know that the County Executive is coordinating efforts to help our small businesses that have been impacted by this hurricane. If you do not get a response from him let me know and I will reach out on your behalf.

Legislator Denise Ford

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Reply From The Point Lookout Chamber of Commerce to Denise Ford

Dear Ms Ford,

Thank you for your visit to Point Lookout this morning. As you can see the majority of businesses are prepared to reopen if they only had power. I was contacted by the office of Harvey Weisenberg this afternoon in Albany. In that conversation, I requested that the governor’s office instruct the National Guard deploy a 5K generator and a fuel distribution point in Point Lookout, NY. I have not received a response to my specific request.

Governor Cuomo has indicated that help is available to the towns devastated by Hurricane Sandy. There is nothing to indicate that local government is capable of responding to any requests at this time. I will continue to keep you updated of developments in the community as they occur.

The Point Lookout Chamber of Commerce Website continues to serve as a source of information for the residents of Point Lookout. Currently the Point Lookout/Lido Fire Department has no means to disseminate information so a close liaison between your office and The Point Lookout Chamber of Commerce Website would be an effective method to inform residents.

I appreciate your reply to my letter and trust you will advocate the delivery of generation equipment and fuel distribution for the residents of Point Lookout, NY.

Sincerely.

Richard Zampella
VP & Communications Director
The Point Lookout Chamber of Commerce
Tel: 917-280-6483 • Email: news@pointlookoutcommerce.com
www.plnychamber.com

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Assemblyman Harvey Weisenberg’s Albany Office Contacts The Point Lookout Chamber of Commerce

In response to our letter to the Governor, Marie Crawley called from Harvey Weisenberg’s office in Albany. We expressed Point Lookout’s need for for a 5K generator and a fuel from the National Guard. We were told that FEMA will not allow generators to be distributed for private commerce even if it is in support of the community. When asked how the Governor intended to answer storm stricken communities specific needs, there was nothing to indicate the ability of local government to answer any requests at this time. Ms. Crowley informed us that she will provide a briefing to Assemblyman Weisenberg in reference to our letter and then call back with a specific response.

Note: LIPA Power Outage Map incorrectly indicates Point Lookout has power.

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