Friday, November 27, 2015
Wednesday, November 25, 2015
Assemblyman Goldfeder Announces open application for HEAP financial assistance, heating equipment repair and replacement work to help reduce home heating costs
Goldfeder: No family should be left in the cold this winter
Far Rockaway, Queens - With winter fast approaching, Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D - Far Rockaway) is encouraging local families to take advantage of open applications for the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP), a federally funded program designed to reduce heating costs for vulnerable families.
"No family should be left out in the cold this winter," said Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder. "HEAP helps ensure that our most vulnerable families won't have to choose between heating their home and putting food on their tables. With the application period now open, I encourage every family to consider applying for this valuable assistance."
Starting last week, the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) is offering financial assistance to families that spend a high portion of their household income on energy costs. The benefits are part of the 2015-2016 HEAP program, a federally funded initiative that helps keep families safe and healthy through the cold winter months.
To ensure that families have working heating systems, the HEAP program can provide eligible homeowners with assistance repairing and replacing boilers, furnaces or other heating units. Applications for this program initiative began on November 9th. The program also provides emergency heating assistance to families at risk of having their utilities shut off. Applications for this assistance begin on .
For information regarding HEAP benefits in New York City, dial the toll-free number at 1-800-692-0557. You can also find more information regarding the benefits by going to www.nyc.gov/html/hra/html/
To learn more about HEAP, you can contact the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance by calling the toll-free number at 1-800-342-3009, or you can visit the OTDA website at www.otda.ny.gov/programs/
heap. You can also review your eligibility by visiting www.mybenefits.ny.gov . In addition to those resources, you can contact Assemblyman Goldfeder’s Office for any assistance by calling 718-945-9550 or emailing GoldfederP@assembly. state.ny.us.
Friday, November 20, 2015
WEST 12th Road
Earlier this week the "Street Closed Due to Construction" signage was removed from the entrance to West 12th Road. Additionally, the previous signage parking restriction signage prohibiting any parking on the north side of the street between the hours of 7 am and 6pm, Monday through Friday, have also been removed.
The "No parking Anytime" signage for the south side of the street remains in effect to ensure the emergency access lane for emergency and other vehicles remains unencumbered.
During that period of time that West 12th Closed was officially "closed" many residents started to angle park their personal vehicles on the north side of the street during the overnight and weekend hours in order to accommodate the maximum number of parking spaces possible.
We have explored several avenues of approach in order to authorize a continuance of the practice of angle parking on the block to no avail. As such, all West 12th residents should be aware that since the street is no longer officially closed, continued angle parking of personal vehicles may result in Parking Enforcement staff visiting W12th Road and issuing violations to such cars as angle parking, unless specifically authorized by DOT signage, is illegal.
Consequently, I would recommend all residents immediately return to the previous practice of parallel parking their cars in order to avoid possible and costly violations.
DOT has been requested to expand the number of designated displaced parking area on both sides of the Cross Bay Boulevard median and we are expecting a decision from that agency in the near future.