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TROPICAL STORM FAY TO BRING HEAVY RAINFALL, STRONG WINDS, AND DANGEROUS SURF CONDITIONS This product covers Southeast New York, Northeast New Jersey, and Southern Connecticut **TROPICAL STORM FAY TO BRING HEAVY RAINFALL, STRONG WINDS, AND DANGEROUS SURF CONDITIONS** NEW INFORMATION --------------- * CHANGES TO WATCHES AND WARNINGS: - None * 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 240 miles south of New York City NY or about 300 miles south-southwest of Montauk Point NY - 37.4N 74.8W - Storm Intensity 50 mph - Movement North or 360 degrees at 10 mph SITUATION OVERVIEW ------------------ Tropical Storm Fay, located just east of the southern Delmarva Peninsula, will move northward along the coast towards the area today, making landfall near the New York City area tonight. The main threats with this system will be locally heavy rainfall, the potential for flash flooding, and dangerous surf conditions today into tonight. 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: Life-threatening rip currents are likely for all people entering the surf zone. Beach flooding and localized dune erosion along the Atlantic Ocean beachfront are possible during the times of high tide Friday through Saturday. Localized minor flooding, inundation of 1 ft or less, along vulnerable coastal and shoreline locales of the Great South Bay of Long Island and Jamaica Bay, Lower NY/NJ Harbor, Coastal CT, Coastal Westchester, and Gardiners Bay during times of high tide this afternoon into tonight.

Acting DA Singas Announces Renewal of Grant to Woman’s Opportunity Rehabilitation Center

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Acting DA Madeline Singas joined the staff, volunteers, supporters and clients of the Woman’s Opportunity Rehabilitation Center (WORC) today to announce her office’s renewal of a grant to help keep the 30-year-old organization running for ...

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Hempstead, NY - August 27, 2015 - Acting DA Madeline Singas joined the staff, volunteers, supporters and clients of the Woman’s Opportunity Rehabilitation Center (WORC) today to announce her office’s renewal of a grant to help keep the 30-year-old organization running for another year.

WORC, based in Hempstead but serving women from all over Nassau County as well as Suffolk, Queens and Brooklyn, is a multi-service agency that works with judges, prosecutors, and community and educational partners to offer services that help recently incarcerated women re-enter society in a productive manner that deters recidivism. The agency also coordinates with the criminal justice system to provide alternatives to incarceration for women charged with low-level offenses. The organization was founded three decades ago by Diane Gaines, a single mom and breast cancer survivor who still runs the organization as CEO.

Today at a conference held by WORC at the African-American Museum of Nassau County in Hempstead, Acting DA Singas announced her office’s renewal of a criminal asset forfeiture grant first provided by former DA Kathleen Rice. The $55,000 grant announced today, like all forfeiture grants, uses the proceeds of criminal cases rather than taxpayer revenue.

“The services provided by WORC for the last three decades, helping women offenders avoid the tragic cycles of recidivism that tear apart families and children, are essential to the criminal justice system’s goals of crime prevention, community improvement and true justice,” Acting DA Singas said. “We couldn’t prevent crime, fight recidivism and help rebuild women’s lives the way we do without WORC’s help, so I’m proud to assist them.”

Services provided by WORC include:

- Personal counseling
- Court advocacy- GED training and other educational assistance
- Vocational services- Life-skills workshops such as nutrition, parenting, budgeting and work skills
- Assessments and referrals to services such as treatment or continuing education

Many of WORC’s clients, according to the organization, are mothers with multiple children, with little education or vocational training, and with longstanding victimization from physical and sexual abuse. The services of WORC are considered to save taxpayer money by reducing or eliminating the cost of incarceration, the need for foster care, and the need for public assistance.

WORC’s efforts to curb recidivism and reduce crime by connecting the recently incarcerated with educational, social and health services parallels similar efforts undertaken in the Nassau DA’s Council of Thought and Action (COTA), a twice-weekly community meeting in Hempstead established by former DA Kathleen Rice that has continued and is expanding under Acting DA Madeline Singas. COTA, which meets just a block away from Nassau District Court in Hempstead and is open to men and women of all ages, will be expanding its partnership with WORC through new collaboration this year.

To learn more about WORC, visit its website.

Pictured: Acting Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas joins Woman’s Opportunity Rehabilitation Center founder and CEO Diane Gaines (in wheelchair) to announce a $55,000 grant from DA criminal asset forfeiture funds to help the organization’s work in curbing recidivism and reducing crime by providing services to women defendants.