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Business Disaster Assistance Information

SBA BUSINESS DISASTER RECOVERY CENTERS are located at the Farmingdale SBDC Conference Center and the Baldwin Library. The Center will assist businesses who have suffered due to Super Storm Sandy and need disaster assistance. The assistance available will be in the form of a SBA Disaster Loan. Personnel will be available to walk businesses through the loan process so they can submit their loan packages.

The SBDC at Farmingdale State College (Campus Commons Building) is assisting small businesses applying for both the New York State Emergency Loan Fund and the SBA Disaster Loans. We specialize in helping small businesses only.

Additional Information

Insurance Assistance

Those with questions about insurance / filing insurance claims should call the NYS Department of Financial Services emergency hotline. Call 1-800-339-1759 to speak to an expert, 24/7.

Sales Tax Exemptions

Businesses in Nassau County are invited to apply for a sales tax exemption on expenditures related to recovering from Sandy. Through its Local Enterprise Assistance and Development Services (LEADS) Program, the Nassau County IDA will grant businesses a sales tax exemption letter on furniture, fixtures, equipment, capital improvements, and renovations as they recover from Sandy. To learn more, visit http://bit.ly/PUJf7L, call 516-571-1745 or email LEADS@NassauIDA.org.

Businesses in Suffolk County can now apply for an emergency sales tax exemption on purchases related to Sandy reconstruction. The Suffolk Industrial Development Agency will exempt certain small businesses that sustained physical damage from Hurricane Sandy from the county’s 8.625% sales tax for purchases related to reconstruction, renovation, repair and /or the purchase replacement equipment. To learn more, visit http://bit.ly/UPfWPU or call 631-853-4802.

Regulatory Relief

The NYS Department of Environmental Conservation is relaxing permit requirements for repair work. Many projects for stabilization and repair that normally require coastal erosion hazard area and wetlands permits will be covered under a general permit along the coastal areas of Long Island, New York City and the lower Hudson Valley. For more information and to apply for the general permit, visit www.dec.ny.gov/public/76659.html

Unemployment Assistance

As an alternative to personnel downsizing while recovering from Sandy, employers can enter into the NYS Department of Labor Shared Work Program. Instead of cutting staff, you can reduce the number of hours of all employees or just a select group, and the employees will receive Shared Work Benefits to help offset the lower wages. To learn more or apply, please visit http://bit.ly/R0D274.

Federal Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) is now available to all New Yorkers who lost their jobs as a result of Hurricane Sandy. DUA benefits are available to provide financial support to anyone who has lost their job and lives or works in Bronx, Kings, New York, Richmond, Queens, Nassau, Suffolk, Rockland and Westchester counties.

This assistance will supplement New York’s existing unemployment insurance system and will expand eligibility to include individuals who might otherwise not be covered. To apply for unemployment benefits or DUA, those affected by the storm and have lost their job or income should call the Telephone Claims Center (TCC) at 1-888-209-8124, or 1-877-358-5306 if they live out of state. Applicants should answer the questions to indicate they lost their job due to Hurricane Sandy. In order to receive benefits you must apply by February 4, 2013.

Legal Assistance

Several services are offering free legal assistance to those affected by Hurricane Sandy. Types of assistance typically include help with insurance claims, preparing powers of attorney, help with guardianships, and preparing new wills and other lost legal documents.

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