Hurrican Sandy Information

To Apply for Disaster Assistance Please Follow the Steps Below (Or see attachment Fact Sheet):


Step 1: Register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency. There are several ways to register:


• Apply online anytime at


• Call 800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY at 800-462-7585. Those who use 711 or

Video Relay Service (VRS) may call 800-621-3362. The toll-free telephone

numbers operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week until further notice.

Multilingual operators are available to assist with the application process.


• By smartphone or tablet, use, or for devices with the Android

operating system, a FEMA App can be downloaded at

When applying for aid, you will receive a nine-digit registration number that can be used for reference when corresponding with FEMA.


It is helpful to have the following information handy:


• Current telephone number;

• Address at the time of the disaster and current address;

• Social Security number, if available;

• A general list of damages and losses;

• If insured, the name of insurance company, agent and policy number; and

• Bank routing number for any direct deposit.


Step 2: Receive a property inspection.


Within a few days after registering, eligible applicants will be telephoned to make an appointment to have their damaged property inspected. The inspectors, who are FEMA contractors and carry identification badges, visit to make a record of damage. They do not make a determination regarding assistance. There is no cost for the inspection.


Step 3: All applicants will receive a letter from FEMA regarding the status of their requests for federal assistance.


Some will also receive an application for a low-interest disaster recovery loan from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Anyone who has questions about the letter from FEMA should call the helpline (800-621-3362 or TTY, 800-462-7585).


Anyone who has questions about the letter from FEMA should call the helpline (800-621-3362 or TTY, 800-462-7585). Those who receive an application packet from the SBA should complete and submit the forms. No one is required to accept a loan but submitting the application may open the door to additional FEMA grants.



Additional Information:

Tax Filing and Payment Deadline Extensions

Certain tax filing and payment deadlines for taxpayers who were directly affected by Hurricane Sandy have been extended to November 14, 2012. This covers filings and tax payments due during the period beginning October 26, 2012 and ending on or before November 13, 2012.

Additionally, the extension applies to all claims for refunds, including a protective claim associated with the Metropolitan Commuter Transportation Mobility Tax.

All 62 New York State counties are eligible for these extensions since Governor Cuomo had declared a state of emergency in New York and President Obama has authorized federal aid and assistance for the State.

For further information, visit or call theHurricane Sandy Helpline at (888) 769-7243.

Special Waiver of Highway Use Tax and IFTA Credentials Related to Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief Efforts

For the period October 26, 2012, through January 24, 2013, motor vehicles operated on the highways of New York State, when exclusively providing disaster assistance, supplies, and equipment in response to Hurricane Sandy, do not need a HUT certificate of registration, HUT decal, IFTA license, or IFTA decals that are ordinarily required. In addition, carriers operating their motor vehicles to provide disaster assistance, supplies, and equipment to aid in the relief efforts will not be liable for the highway use tax or fuel use tax on miles traveled and fuel consumed in New York State. This waiver applies only to travel in New York State. For further information, visit

Website links:


Release date:

October 30, 2012

Release Number:


Following is a summary of key federal disaster aid programs that can be made available as needed and warranted under President Obama’s major disaster declaration issued for New York.

Assistance for Affected Individuals and Families Can Include as Required:

·         Rental payments for temporary housing for those whose homes are unlivable. Initial assistance may be provided for up to three months for homeowners and at least one month for renters. Assistance may be extended if requested after the initial period based on a review of individual applicant requirements. (Source: FEMA funded and administered.)

·         Grants for home repairs and replacement of essential household items not covered by insurance to make damaged dwellings safe, sanitary and functional. (Source: FEMA funded and administered.)

·         Grants to replace personal property and help meet medical, dental, funeral, transportation and other serious disaster-related needs not covered by insurance or other federal, state and charitable aid programs. (Source: FEMA funded at 75 percent of total eligible costs; 25 percent funded by the state.)

·         Unemployment payments up to 26 weeks for workers who temporarily lost jobs because of the disaster and who do not qualify for state benefits, such as self-employed individuals. (Source: FEMA funded; state administered.)

·         Low-interest loans to cover residential losses not fully compensated by insurance. Loans available up to $200,000 for primary residence; $40,000 for personal property, including renter losses. Loans available up to $2 million for business property losses not fully compensated by insurance. (Source: U.S. Small Business Administration.)

·         Loans up to $2 million for small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives and most private, non-profit organizations of all sizes that have suffered disaster-related cash flow problems and need funds for working capital to recover from the disaster's adverse economic impact. This loan in combination with a property loss loan cannot exceed a total of $2 million. (Source: U.S. Small Business Administration.)

·         Loans up to $500,000 for farmers, ranchers and aquaculture operators to cover production and property losses, excluding primary residence. (Source: Farm Service Agency, U.S. Dept. of Agriculture.)

·         Other relief programs: Crisis counseling for those traumatized by the disaster; income tax assistance for filing casualty losses; advisory assistance for legal, veterans benefits and social security matters.

Assistance for the State and Affected Tribal and Local Governments Can Include as Required:

·         Payment of not less than 75 percent of the eligible costs for removing debris from public areas and for emergency measures, including direct federal assistance, taken to save lives and protect property and public health. (Source: FEMA funded, state administered.)

·         Payment of not more than 75 percent of the approved costs for hazard mitigation projects undertaken by state, tribal and local governments to prevent or reduce long-term risk to life and property from natural or technological disasters. (Source: FEMA funded, state administered.)

How to Apply for Assistance:

·         Those in the county designated for assistance to affected residents and business owners can begin the disaster application process by registering online at, by web enabled mobile device at or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). Disaster assistance applicants, who have a speech disability or hearing loss and use TTY, should call 1-800-462-7585 directly; for those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 1-800-621-3362. The toll-free telephone numbers are available from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. (local time) Monday through Sunday until further notice. Applicants registering for aid should be prepared to provide basic information about themselves (name, permanent address, phone number), insurance coverage and any other information to help substantiate losses.

·         Application procedures for local and state governments will be explained at a series of federal/state applicant briefings with locations to be announced in the affected area by recovery officials. Approved mitigation projects are paid through the state from funding provided by FEMA and other participating federal agencies.

FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

Follow FEMA online at,,, and Also, follow Administrator Craig Fugate's activities at



Captain Don Flemming Retires


         Captain Don Fleming of Flemming Yacht  Service


At our Sept. 5, 2012 HVMTA meeting, Capt Don announced his retirement. While he will missed in the Marine community, I am sure he will enjoy his retirement. Captain Don is a plethora of knowledge in boating and is always striving to challenge and test himself further. If you've had the pleasure of speaking with him, you would see his passion for our industry. Join me in congratulating Capt Don on his decision and hope that he will stay active in the HVMTA so we can all benefit from his knowledge and experience.



H.V.M.T.A.  Zoller's Award

The Zoller Award is named after Frank Zoller of Zoller Marine. Frank was a fair and honest businessman who always had the good of the marine industry in his heart.  The HVMTA started giving out the Zoller Award each year to a recipient that exemplifies these same traits. We have awarded people in and out of the marine industry that have helped make boating safer and easier.

Some of the past recipients of the Zoller Award are:

John Doritie, Past President of HVMTA and former owner of PennyBridge Marine.
John Vargo, Owner/Editor of Boating on the Hudson.
Eugene Krause, Past President of the HVMTA.
Larry Wilson of the N.Y.S. DEC.
Ginny DiForio, Past President of HVMTA and owner of SurfSide III @ PennyBridge.
Charlie Meltchner, Past President of HVMTA and owner of Mahopac Marine.





FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                  CONTACT: Matt House

February 2, 2012                                                                                                        (202) 224-7433



In An Effort To Better Coordinate Redundant Boat Stoppages on Hudson River, Schumer Urges Coast Guard to Meet with Boaters, State & Local Agencies to Speed Development of Widely-Recognized Boat Inspection Sticker


As Spring Boating Season Approaches, Schumer’s Effort to Eliminate Repeated Boat Stoppages Would Minimize Hassle for Boaters, Free Up Law Enforcement For Higher-Priority Threats

Schumer: We Need To Turn An Efficient Boat Inspection Plan Into Action

Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer asked the U.S. Coast Guard to meet with the Marine Trades Association of New York, Boating Safety Advocates, and local law enforcement to discuss the implementation of an official inspection sticker system that would better coordinate boater patrols on the Hudson, so that boaters are not repeatedly stopped. Schumer believes that this meeting will allow the Coast Guard to work hand-in-glove with law enforcement agencies and put into place the best protocol for ensuring the safety of boaters and our critical infrastructure, while allowing for recreational enjoyment of the Hudson River for both residents and tourists.


Creating a sticker-system that is recognized by all levels of law enforcement has the support of the boating community, and several Hudson Valley law enforcement agencies have expressed an openness to participating in the system. Schumer wants this meeting to happen ahead of the spring boating season, and marks his most recent step in a series of efforts to coordinate all levels of inspection and enforcement of boats on the Hudson River. Schumer noted that not only will the use of a widely recognized inspection sticker minimize the hassle for boaters, but would free up law enforcement officials, and allow their positive influence to be spread more widely throughout the community.

“With spring boating season fast approaching, it is time to jump start an official boat inspection sticker program, which will help prevent repeated boat stoppages on the Hudson River, which are as annoying as they are inefficient,” said Schumer. “I am urging the Coast Guard to take the lead on this important initiative by coordinating a meeting with state and local authorities, as well as boater trade and advocacy groups, so that this coordinated inspection program can get off the ground. Rather than screen one boat six times, we need to develop a program to screen six boats one time. By streamlining our inspection process and providing widely recognized inspection stickers, we can provide a better experience for recreational boaters and free up security resources to protect nuclear power plants and bridges, and ensure that the river is safe. As Hudson Valley residents begin undocking their boats for the spring season, now would be the perfect time to implement this inspection program and to reach the maximum number of boats before they head onto the river.”


“I look forward to directly discussing with the US Coast Guard ways to implement a yearly safety inspection program so we can assure both safe recreational boating, as well as assure a continued positive boating experience for recreational and family boaters like myself,” Lex Filipowski, founder of Freedom To Go Boating.“This will solve the problem of being stopped without probable cause for safety checks while boating since we are often stopped 1,2,3,4 and even 5 times in a single day throughout the boating season for safety checks presently.  Implementation of a yearly safety check program will not only create a better experience for boaters but it can also result in significant savings for law enforcement costs in both time and money


Senator Schumer is urging the Coast Guard to meet with all relevant levels of law enforcement, the Marine Trade Association of New York and Boating Safety Advocates this month, so that the stakeholders and enforcement officials can develop a plan for the implementation of a widely recognized boat inspection sticker for boats on the Hudson River. Schumer noted that this meeting is particularly timely, because once this coordination is established the Coast Guard would be able to inspect and dispense stickers to the maximum number of boaters as they undock in anticipation of the spring boating season.


The Coast Guard Auxillary unit currently offers annual inspections that determine basic safety of boats. If a boat is deemed safe to use, based on the security of the hull, sufficient number of life vests, and other inspection points, the boat receives a sticker for that year in the same way that an annual car that has been inspected receives their sticker. However, not all of the nearly two dozen agencies with jurisdiction over the Hudson choose to recognize that sticker as evidence that the boat is safe. By having law enforcement, the Coast Guard Auxillary and Marina Owners working together we can create more educated, and thus safer boaters as well as identify any safety issues or concerns with the boat before they are in the open water – allowing all parties to work towards a safe solution before any real problems occur. If entities with authority over the Hudson River including state agencies and local sheriffs’ departments recognized the stickers, it could significantly reduce the number of unnecessary stoppages. Law enforcement would, of course still be permitted to stop boats without inspection stickers or those boats with stickers who were behaving dangerously, but the stickers could serve as a signal that a boat was structurally safe.

Schumer’s push for a meeting involving stakeholder and law enforcement marks a major step in his push for better coordination between all levels of law enforcement in order to boost security and let boaters enjoy their recreation. Last summer, Schumer sent a personal letter to Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Robert J. Papp after a series of media reports documented concerns over coordination between federal agencies, which had resulted in recreational boaters being stopped multiple times by different agencies on the same day. According to the New York Times, approximately two dozen agencies have jurisdictional responsibility over boating on the Hudson River, including local sheriffs’ departments, state agencies, and the Coast Guard. The Coast Guard already uses a PDA system that links up various patrolling boats so that officers know which boats have been screened and cleared, and those that have not. However, state and local agencies do not have a system by which they can keep easy tabs on which boats have been screened, and there appears to be insufficient information sharing between all three levels of local law enforcement. The annual inspection sticker system could potentially fill that void. Schumer noted that not only will the use of a widely recognized inspection sticker minimize hassle for boaters, but would free up law enforcement officials, and allow their positive influence to be spread more widely throughout the community. Schumer’s call also follows July 2011’s deadly boating accident on the Hudson in which four people were killed.


Since this issue came to light, Schumer has pressed the Coast Guard, the primary enforcement agency for boaters in the Hudson River, to take a lead role in improving coordination between patrolling agencies. He continued, “This meeting of the minds would move the ball forward in developing a sticker inspection process that emphasizes efficiency and safety – a plan that I believe everyone agree is best for crime prevention, tourism and recreation.”


A copy of Senator Schumer’s letter appears below:

Admiral Robert J. Papp, Jr.


US Coast Guard

2100 2nd Street, SW

Washington, DC 20024


Dear Commandant Papp:


I write to request a meeting between the Coast Guard, Marine Trades Association of New York, Boating Safety Advocates and Law Enforcement Agencies from throughout the Hudson Valley.


This past summer, I brought to your attention a matter of patrolling issues on the Hudson River, specificallythe jurisdiction of multiple law enforcement agencies on the river and their interactions with recreational boaters. As you know, I asked about the possibility of increasing the use of these inspections and their subsequent stickers to increase safety and decrease the need for basic safety stops while on the water.


From my meetings with local stakeholders and family boaters, it has come to my attention that the local coast guard auxiliary offers safety inspections for boaters and issues stickers when these inspections are complete. By inspecting boats before they are on the water, it allows the owner to rectify any issues that may arise as well as ensure their boat is brought to proper safety standards. Similarly, this will allow our law enforcement agencies to focus on more serious threats on the river whether it be unsafe operators, protecting our vulnerable infrastructure and assessing any threats on the Hudson River.


As family boaters, merchants, and law enforcement agencies get ready for the upcoming Spring boating season, I ask that the Coast Guard meet with the Marine Trades Association of New York, Boating Safety Advocates, and local law enforcement to discuss the implementation of an official inspection and issuance of a sticker upon completion of the safety inspection. By preemptively working with boaters, merchants, and law enforcement agencies, the Coast Guard can put into place the best protocol and procedures for ensuring the safety of boaters and our critical infrastructure while allowing for recreational enjoyment of the Hudson River for both residents and tourists.


As you know, the Hudson River is an important tourist and recreational destination for all New Yorkers, and I look forward to working with you as we continue to protect our waters while ensuring boaters have the access to safely enjoy the majestic Hudson River.


Please do not hesitate to contact my Washington, DC office at 202-224-6542 should you have questions or need additional information.




Charles E. Schumer

United States Senator

Schumer criticizes new EPA fee

US Senator Charles Schumer, at the Haverstraw Marina
(in the background -Charlie Gruetzner, President of the HVMTA)
WEST HAVERSTRAW - US Senator Charles Schumer Monday announced an initiative to battle a recent Environmental Protection Agency regulation that he says could be “just a scheme to increase revenues.”

A recent regulation change by the EPA will require small motorboat owners to register their marine vehicle with the EPA, forcing them to have the same permits as oil tankers, and failure to do so will result in a $32,000 per day fine."

Speaking on the shores of the Hudson in West Haverstraw, Schumer said their intent was to keep track of all commercial boats on the country’s rivers and estuaries, but that this new regulation that stretches to the nearly 40,000 recreational and commercial small boaters in the Hudson Valley is going too far.

“This is going to be very damaging to our economy here.  The recreational boat industry here brings in an estimated $346 million.  This is going to hurt all of the region,” said the senator.

Schumer said it is “a possibility” that the reason for the new registration is to secure a new funding stream. “The government is always looking for new ways to increase their revenues.  Either way, it’s just plain D-U-M-B.”

The new EPA regulation goes into effect in late September.  Schumer said he hopes to have small boaters removed from the new policy by the end of summer.

He is being joined by US senators from California and Florida, the other two of the three top boating states in the country, in this effort.

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VHS (Viral Hemorrhagic Septicemia) and the Hudson River

How the new Fish Health Regulations affect angling on the Hudson River

Gregory Kozlowski

NYSDEC Fisheries Outreach Coordinator

Emergency regulations impacting fish movement and the use of baitfish have been implemented in New York in response to an emerging disease threat, viral hemorrhagic septicemia (VHS). Historically, VHS caused widespread fish mortalities in European aquaculture facilities and localized fish mortalities in Pacific Herring along the North American West Coast. In recognition of its potential for profound socio-economic consequences, VHS is one of nine reportable diseases to the World Organization of Animal Health (OIE). VHS became a concern in New York due to outbreaks in the Great Lakes. The earliest confirmed VHS report in the Great Lakes was a frozen Lake St. Clair muskellunge taken in 2003 that had been retested after VHS was first documented in the Great Lakes during 2005. VHS has caused fish mortalities in Lake Huron and Lake St. Clair, and in New York waters including Lake Erie, Lake Ontario, the St. Lawrence River and Conesus Lake. Popular angling fish species involved in the fish mortalities were muskellunge, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, walleye, yellow perch, bluegill and pumpkinseed. The Animal Health Inspection Service (APHIS) lists 37 species of fish across 13 families that are susceptible to VHS, including all herring species and several popular baitfish species. It is unusual for a fish disease to affect so many fish species across such a variety of families. The greatest risk pathway for the spread of VHS was identified as fish movement, including stocking and the use of baitfish. Given this information, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) had to respond to the VHS threat.

Emergency Regulations: Take 1

With the growing evidence of the threat VHS posed to the fisheries resources in New York, the DEC filed emergency fishing regulations on November 21, 2006. Those regulations strictly controlled the movement of fish. The significant impact to Hudson River anglers was that the emergency regulations did not allow the use of herring caught in the Hudson River’s tributaries to be used in the main stem of the Hudson. Additionally, the regulations required that all commercially sold bait fish had to be certified as "disease free" of six fish diseases, including herring. At the same time the emergency regulations were filed, the same regulations were proposed as part of a normal rule making that involved a comment period. Anglers commented that the herring in the tributaries were the same herring that were in the main stem of the Hudson and therefore posed no threat if used as bait in the Hudson River. Commercial bait dealers commented that they could not hold herring long enough to get the disease testing (takes 3 to 5 weeks) and that the striper run would be over by the time the herring were certified as disease free.

Emergency Regulations: Take 2

The DEC reviewed the comments submitted in response to the proposed fish health regulations and filed revised emergency regulations effective March 9, 2007. The revised emergency regulations were a compromise between issues raised during the comment period and the disease risk of moving fish from one body of water to another. The following revised emergency fish health regulations impact the Hudson River:

Personally harvested bait fish, live or dead, can only be used on the same water body from which they were caught;

Commercially harvested bait fish, live or dead, can only be possessed, sold, and offered for sale on the same body of water from which it was caught unless first certified as disease free;

The Hudson River downstream from the Federal Dam at Troy to the Battery at the southern tip of Manhattan Island and all tributaries to the first barrier impassable by fish is considered one water body. Locks and dams are considered impassable barriers;

All bait fish, live or dead, that are not certified as disease free cannot be transported overland by a motorized vehicle;

Fish taken for consumption may be transported overland but may not be brought back to the water and used as bait;

Bait fish collected in the Marine District may be used as bait in the Hudson provided that the fish were not transported overland;

Bait fish that is certified disease free may be transported overland and used as bait provided that the angler has a copy of the sale receipt that states the baitfish are certified disease free and has the name of the vendor, date sold, species of fish sold, and quantity of fish sold. A receipt is valid for seven days from the date of sale.

* Please note that not all details of the revised emergency regulations are listed here. For a complete list of the emergency regulations, please visit


What do these regulations mean for Hudson River anglers?

The "message" that the revised emergency regulations sends is that there can be serious negative impacts of moving fish from one body of water to another. That is why the DEC is restricting the use of uncertified baitfish to the water from which they were caught. The good news for Hudson River anglers is that herring caught in the tributaries of the Hudson will be able to be used as bait in the main stem of the Hudson. However, you cannot put herring, live or frozen, in your car to transport them overland from Hudson River tributaries or bait stores to the Hudson. This will change the way anglers buy and collect bait fish. Since you cannot put your baitfish in your car, you will have to purchase your baitfish on the water or within walking distance of the water. If you collect your own herring, you will have to collect them either within walking distance or boating distance from where you plan to fish. You will still be able to bring herring home for pickling, but you will not be able to bring them back to the water as baitfish once they are transported away from the Hudson.

Why can’t uncertified baitfish be transported overland by car? Enforcement! If uncertified baitfish were allowed to be transported in a car, then the regulations would be unenforceable. After all, bait fish don’t come with the label "raised in the Hudson River," so it would be impossible to tell where the baitfish came from. More importantly, people would be tempted to bring baitfish from one body of water to another. That is the risk the regulations avoid by not allowing uncertified baitfish to be placed in a car. The regulations allow a person to collect baitfish and use them on the same body of water. If you "need" to transport baitfish overland, then buy certified disease free bait fish and keep your receipt. The choice is yours.

Revised for now

The changes made in the revised emergency regulations were different enough that they warranted a second public comment period. Therefore, the DEC proposed a new set of regulations that are the same as the revised emergency regulations. Comments will be taken through April 27, 2007. For more information on VHS and how to submit public comments, please visit and type VHS in the search engine.

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Dredged Material in Abandon Mine Reclamation

The Bark Camp Demonstration Project - October 2006
New York/New Jersey Clean Ocean & Shore Trust
Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection

"In 1995 the New York/New Jersey Clean Ocean and Shore Trust, the bistate marine resources commission known as COAST, approached the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP), Bureau of Abandon Mine Reclamation with a proposal to test dredged materials from the Hudson and Raritan estuaries and the Delaware River for use in abandoned mine reclamation.  Facing the legacy of 300 years of coal mining, PADEP has been a national leader in mine reclamation research and applications, and saw the potential for using dredged sediments as an aggregate in a coal ash amended grout.  After a careful analysis, the department determined that in spite of the negative public perception of dredged materials, the levels of contaminants involved were not excessive and were well within their regulatory experience.  Furthermore, the contaminant binding capacity and low permeability of coal ash grouts were perfectly suited to immobilize any contaminants present.  In order to ensure that only acceptable materials were used, the Bureau of Land Recycling and Waste Management applied regulatory limits for contaminant levels from existing programs and forbade the use of any hazardous materials whatsoever."
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