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TROPICAL STORM FAY TO BRING HEAVY RAINFALL, GUSTY WINDS, AND DANGEROUS SURF CONDITIONS This product covers Southeast New York, Northeast New Jersey, and Southern Connecticut **TROPICAL STORM FAY TO BRING HEAVY RAINFALL, GUSTY WINDS, AND DANGEROUS SURF CONDITIONS** NEW INFORMATION --------------- * CHANGES TO WATCHES AND WARNINGS: - A Tropical Storm Warning has been issued for Bronx, Eastern Essex, Eastern Union, Hudson, Kings (Brooklyn), New York (Manhattan), Northeastern Suffolk, Northern Nassau, Northern Queens, Northwestern Suffolk, Richmond (Staten Island), Southeastern Suffolk, Southern Fairfield, Southern Middlesex, Southern Nassau, Southern New Haven, Southern New London, Southern Queens, Southern Westchester, and Southwestern Suffolk * CURRENT WATCHES AND WARNINGS: - A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Bronx, Eastern Essex, Eastern Union, Hudson, Kings (Brooklyn), New York (Manhattan), Northeastern Suffolk, Northern Nassau, Northern Queens, Northwestern Suffolk, Richmond (Staten Island), Southeastern Suffolk, Southern Fairfield, Southern Middlesex, Southern Nassau, Southern New Haven, Southern New London, Southern Queens, Southern Westchester, and Southwestern Suffolk * STORM INFORMATION: - About 370 miles south of New York City NY or about 420 miles south-southwest of Montauk Point NY - 35.5N 74.9W - Storm Intensity 45 mph - Movement North or 360 degrees at 7 mph SITUATION OVERVIEW ------------------ Tropical Storm Fay located along North Carolina Outer Banks will move northward along the coast towards the area Friday and will make landfall near the New York City area Friday night. The main threats with this system will be locally heavy rainfall, the potential for flash flooding, and dangerous surf conditions Friday into Friday night. POTENTIAL IMPACTS ----------------- * FLOODING RAIN: Protect against dangerous rainfall flooding having possible significant impacts across Southeast New York, Northeast New Jersey, and Southern Connecticut. Potential impacts include: - Moderate rainfall flooding may prompt several evacuations and rescues. - Rivers and streams may quickly become swollen with swifter currents and may overspill their banks in a few places, especially in usually vulnerable spots. Small streams, creeks, canals, and ditches may overflow. - Flood waters can enter some structures or weaken foundations. Several places may experience expanded areas of rapid inundation at underpasses, low lying spots, and poor drainage areas. Some streets and parking lots take on moving water as storm drains and retention ponds overflow. Driving conditions become hazardous. Some road and bridge closures. * WIND: Protect against hazardous wind having possible limited impacts across Southeast New York, Northeast New Jersey, and Southern Connecticut. Potential impacts include: - Damage to porches, awnings, carports, sheds, and unanchored mobile homes. Unsecured lightweight objects blown about. - Many large tree limbs broken off. A few trees snapped or uprooted, but with greater numbers in places where trees are shallow rooted. Some fences and roadway signs blown over. - A few roads impassable from debris, particularly within urban or heavily wooded places. Hazardous driving conditions on bridges and other elevated roadways. - Scattered power and communications outages. * TORNADOES: Protect against a tornado event having possible limited impacts across Southeast New York, Northeast New Jersey, and Southern Connecticut. Potential impacts include: - The occurrence of isolated tornadoes can hinder the execution of emergency plans during tropical events. - A few places may experience tornado damage, along with power and communications disruptions. - Locations could realize roofs peeled off buildings, chimneys toppled, mobile homes pushed off foundations or overturned, large tree tops and branches snapped off, shallow rooted trees knocked over, moving vehicles blown off roads, and small boats pulled from moorings. * OTHER COASTAL HAZARDS: Beach flooding and localized dune erosion along the Atlantic Ocean beachfront are possible during the times of high tide Friday through Saturday. Low probability of minor coastal flooding in vulnerable coastal areas during the high tide on Friday night.

Governor Cuomo Deploying Mobile Command Center to Deliver Foreclosure Prevention Help to Long Island Homeowners

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DFS Assistance Available for Homeowners during Visits to Westbury, Elmont and Hicksville in Nassau County

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Albany, NY - August 4, 2014 - Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the deployment of the Department of Financial Services’ (DFS) Mobile Command Center (MCC) to three sites in Nassau County to provide foreclosure prevention assistance to Long Island homeowners. DFS specialists will be available to meet one-on-one with homeowners in order to review each's individual situation, including their legal rights, alternative sources of assistance and how to file complaints.​
 
“We are deploying our Department of Financial Services team to Long Island to continue providing direct, on-the-ground assistance to borrowers who are struggling with their mortgages,” said Governor Cuomo. “This initiative is designed to give New Yorkers who are facing foreclosure an opportunity to discuss ways to save their homes and get back on track.”
 
DFS representatives will be available to meet homeowners in the MCC at the following locations:
  • Wednesday, Aug. 6 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Westbury Public Library, 44 Jefferson St., Westbury.
  • Thursday, Aug. 7 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Clara H. Carson Elementary School, 235 Belmont Blvd., Elmont.
  • Friday, Aug., 8 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Hicksville Public Library, 169 Jerusalem Ave., Hicksville.
Benjamin M. Lawsky, Superintendent of Financial Services, said, "Homeowners can meet individually with experienced DFS staff at these locations. Our team reviews each homeowner's specific situation and helps them review options that may help them save their homes."​
 
To help expedite assistance, homeowners seeking help at the MCC should bring relevant documents with them such as records of mortgage payments and correspondence with their lenders. Among the issues DFS staff can discuss include: a homeowners’ legal rights; alternatives to foreclosure; federal programs, such as loan modifications and other kinds of relief; and how to file complaints with DFS when dispute arises between homeowners and banks or mortgage servicers. Depending on a homeowner’s specific situation, DFS specialists may offer such assistance as helping individuals apply for mortgage modifications or assist homeowners in communicating with their mortgage lenders or servicers. 
 
Senator Jack M. Martins said, "This program will allow homeowners facing foreclosure to talk with trained DFS specialists about programs and services designed to help them. I am pleased to partner with DFS and Governor Cuomo in bringing this important service to the community."
 
Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano said, "I thank Governor Cuomo for deploying this mobile command center to help residents that are dealing with foreclosure issues. I urge our residents that are struggling to meet mortgage payments to take advantage of this foreclosure prevention assistance."​
 
Governor Cuomo will deploy the DFS Mobile Command Center to additional locations in the weeks ahead to help continue reaching struggling homeowners; the locations and dates will be announced soon. Those unable to meet personally with DFS representatives are urged to the call the Department’s toll-free foreclosure hotline, 1-800-342-3736, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Homeowners may also file complaints using the Department website, dfs.ny.gov.​ 
 
DFS also urges homeowners to be cautious of mortgage rescue scams, which may be marketed by private businesses. For example, homeowners should:
  • Be wary of anyone asking for an upfront fee in exchange for getting a loan modification, saving a home from default or stopping a foreclosure or tax sale. New York law prohibits the collection of such fees in most cases. Also, many not-for-profit housing counselors will help homeowners negotiate with lenders for free. 
  • Be wary of anyone who says they can save a home if a homeowner signs or transfers the deed to his or her house over to them so the homeowner can catch up on mortgage payments or refinance a loan. A homeowner should never submit mortgage payments to anyone other than the homeowner’s mortgage company without its approval.
Governor Cuomo launched the DFS foreclosure prevention program in 2012 to extend help to homeowners facing foreclosure. The outreach program has visited locations throughout the State with higher rates of foreclosure to provide assistance at no cost to the homeowners.