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Release Date: November 29, 2012

My name is Tamara R. Jackson, and I am a Public Affairs Specialist for the U. S. Small Business Administration, Office of Disaster Assistance, currently working in your area to make sure that Hurricane Sandy survivors are aware of the SBA disaster loan program.
Please join SBA in sharing this information with the many homeowners, renters and businesses in New York that were affected by Hurricane Sandy. I have attached an electronic copy of the SBA amended fact sheet and most recent press release.
SBA would like to ensure that disaster survivors have ample time to take advantage of the assistance that has been made available for their recovery. SBA desires for as many people as possible to take advantage of the SBA disaster loan program. The deadline for physical damage is December 31, 2012.
I also want to make sure that businesses are aware of the Economic Injury Disaster Loans that are currently available for those businesses located in one of the declared counties or in one of the counties adjacent to a declared county.
The deadline to complete and return the SBA application for economic injury is July 31, 2013. Economic injury disaster loans do not require physical damage and are available to businesses, including small enterprises engaged in aquaculture. Economic Injury Loans do not require physical damage and are available to assist with business interruptions arising from Hurricane Sandy. The loans provide working capital during this recovery period. These loans may be used to meet monthly expenses and obligations to help businesses survive and continue to thrive during the disaster recovery process.
Survivors should first register with FEMA by calling 1-800-621-3362 or 1-800-621-FEMA. People affected by Hurricane Sandy can register or get help online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or they may visit any disaster recovery center.
There is currently a disaster recovery center at the Westchester County Center at 198 Central Avenue in White Plains, NY 10606.
Staff is available at the centers to answer questions or assist with completing an SBA disaster loan application. Additional details on the locations of Disaster Recovery Centers and the loan application process can be obtained by calling the SBA Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing) or by sending an email to disastercustomerservice@sba.gov. Loan applications can be downloaded from www.sba.gov. Completed applications should be mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.
On Monday the Greenburgh Town Board will receive bids for the use of the WESTHELP facility. WESTHELP, located on Knollwood Road, used to provide transitional housing for the homeless population. The county of Westchester closed down the shelter last year.
The town has rights to the property for 20 years. We invited developers and property managers to submit proposals to the town for the use of the property. Members of the County Legislature previously expressed their desire that the town use the existing units for affordable housing.
A proposal that the town had been working on to lease the property to an organization that serves the developmentally disabled population (Ferncliff) was turned down by members of the County Legislature --even though the town would have received about $530,000 a year in rent from Ferncliff. It is possible that the bids that are received by the town Monday could offer significantly less rent to the town.
I have invited Westchester County Legislators Mary Jane Shimsky, Alfreda Williams, Ken Jenkins and Michael Smith to a joint meeting with the Greenburgh Town Board on Tuesday at 9 AM at Greenburgh Town Hall. It is important that the town make a decision re: use of the property quickly and that a lease be signed in January so the town can generate needed revenue.
We want to know if the county will veto our efforts to generate maximum revenue from the property and also want to know which applications they would find acceptable. Every $40,000 the town receives in revenue will enable the town to reduce taxes by an additional 1% in the A budget (the budget village residents and residents of unincorporated Greenburgh pay). If the Westchester County Legislature vetoes a proposal that would generate more revenue to the town it will impact tax bills for residents and businesses in both unincorporated Greenburgh and the villages.
Visit our web site at www.greenburghny.com and view archived Supervisors Reports.
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