President Obama discusses the letters he receives every day asking for action on jobs and calls on Congress to pass the American Jobs Act right away to cut taxes, create jobs and provide a win for the American people.
Welcome to the West Wing Week, your guide to everything that's happening at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. This week, the President announced reforms to No Child Left Behind, traveled to California to hold a town hall on job growth at LinkedIn, spoke on what the American Jobs Act could mean for America's schools and gave his third annual Back To School address. That's September 23rd to September 29th or "Set Your Sights High."
President Obama participates in an "Open for Questions" roundtable responding to questions from readers of Yahoo!, MSN Latino, AOL Latino and HuffPost LatinoVoices on issues that matter most to the Hispanic community and all Americans.
Public Assistance Available for Chemung and Orange Counties
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that federal disaster assistance is now available for municipalities in eight counties as a result of damages incurred by Tropical Storm Lee.
Today's additions include: Public Assistance: Chemung and Orange Counties
The Public Assistance declaration makes federal funding available to State and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by Tropical Storm Lee.
The counties currently eligible for assistance from Tropical Storm Lee are as follows:
Individual Assistance (Assistance to individuals and households): Broome, Chenango, Chemung, Delaware, Otsego, Schenectady and Tioga counties. Public Assistance (Assistance for debris removal, emergency protective actions and the repair or replacement of disaster-damaged facilities): Broome, Chemung, Chenango, Delaware, Otsego, Orange, Tioga and Tompkins counties. The counties currently eligible for assistance from Hurricane Irene are as follows: Individual Assistance (Assistance to individuals and households): Albany, Bronx, Columbia, Clinton, Delaware, Dutchess, Essex, Greene, Herkimer, Kings, Montgomery, Nassau, Orange, Otsego, Putnam, Queens, Rensselaer, Richmond, Rockland, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Suffolk, Sullivan, Ulster, Warren, Washington and Westchester counties. Public Assistance (Assistance for debris removal, emergency protective actions and the repair or replacement of disaster-damaged facilities): Albany, Bronx, Clinton, Columbia, Delaware, Dutchess, Essex, Franklin, Greene, Hamilton, Herkimer, Kings, Montgomery, Nassau, New York, Orange, Otsego, Putnam, Queens, Rensselaer, Richmond, Rockland, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Suffolk, Sullivan, Ulster, Warren, Washington and Westchester counties. Direct federal assistance is authorized. All counties in the State of New York are eligible to apply for assistance under the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (Assistance for actions taken to prevent or reduce long term risk to life and property from natural hazards).
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 will operate from 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM (local time) seven days a week until further notice.
Additional counties may be made eligible for federal assistance as ongoing damage assessments are completed.
"As New Yorkers around the state gather with their families and friends to celebrate Rosh Hashanah, I extend my best wishes to them for a healthy and prosperous New Year.
Rosh Hashanah marks the beginning of the High Holy Days, a time for both reflection and celebration. As communities come together to rejoice in the New Year, we must also be thankful for all we have and remember those in need.
These next few days also serve as an opportunity to make sure that we as New Yorkers and global citizens commit ourselves to a better future.
On behalf of all New Yorkers, I wish all those celebrating a New Year a Shana Tova Umetukah."