Hurricane Sandy: Nassau County Business Relief
Ed Mangano

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A Message from the County Executive Edward P. Mangano

I am pleased to have launched the Nassau County Business Recovery Task Force. I have appointed Richard Daly, CEO of Broadridge Technologies, to serve as Chairman of this important committee comprised of Long Island business leaders and organizations.

The Business Recovery Task Force is charged with restoring Nassau County's business economy, post-Hurricane Sandy. The committee's mission is to create jobs by providing Nassau businesses and not-for-profit organizations with the tools they need to restore, open and grow here in Nassau County.

This task force website serves as a portal for businesses and not-for-profit organizations to achieve success. Together, we will make Nassau County an even better place.

Sincerely,

Edward P. Mangano
Nassau County Executive

Federal Grants

All Businesses Interested in Applying for Federal Grant Money Must Pre-Register at www.NYSANDYHELP.NY.gov

More information on the grant program: Grants from up to $50,000 to $100,000 or more if justified, are available to business owners who suffered a loss. A 2% (or less) seven (7) year loan for up to $1,000,000 is also available. These funds are above and beyond FEMA, Insurance or SBA funds. The business owner must register for a pre-application. A case worker will be assigned to each business owner, licensed contractors (or if necessary architects or engineers) will be bid by the business owner and the successful contractor will be paid directly by Nassau County when the business owner signs-off on the completed project. There are also special grants available for Fishing Industry and Seasonal Business owners.

Business Relief Resources

Nassau County Economic Recovery Task Force and the Nassau County Industrial Development Agency are providing disaster relief information and recovery assistance to Nassau County businesses impacted by Hurricane Sandy. For assistance for individuals, families, and groups, see Project HOPE. Please find below a list of county, state and federal resources available to help get you back in business.

Legal Assistance

The Nassau Business Recovery Task Force and the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University have joined to establish a legal clinic that will offer free assistance to local small businesses recovering from the effects of Hurricane Sandy.

Small businesses interested in these legal services, including nonprofits and community groups, should contact Kathleen Conti at or 516-463-5934 or Kathleen.A.Conti@hofstra.edu for further information or to apply.

Restore Power to Your Business

To start running your business again, you need to restore power first. If your business lost power during Sandy, contact the Long Island Power Authority to get on the road to restoration online or by texting REG to 695472 to register, then text OUT to report an outage. Or call 1-800-490-0075.

Apply for Federal Disaster Assistance (FEMA)

All persons affected by Sandy are eligible to apply for disaster aid from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or download the FEMA application online.

Road Blockage and Debris Removal

To remove fallen trees and debris blocking your public road or business, contact Nassau County's Department of Public Works. For road maintenance issues, call 516-571-6900 or for traffic signal issues call 516-572-0465.

File Insurance Claims

Let the New York State Department of Financial Services walk you through filing applicable business insurance claims. The DFS emergency hotline provides state experts to speak to you about qualifications and how to start your application. Call 1-800-339-1759 between 8am and 8pm weekday; or 10am and 5pm on weekends.

Construction and Repair

To begin rebuilding your business, Nassau County can connect you to key resources such as building permits, departments and financial assistance.

Rebuilding Permits - Obtain permits for construction through the building department of your Nassau County municipality. Find direct contact information here.

Reconstructing Coastal Areas - Thanks to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, permit requirements for repair work have been relaxed to accommodate coastal areas along Long Island. Reconstruction typically requiring coastal erosion hazard area and wetlands permits will now require only general permits. For more permit details and and to apply for the general permit click here.

Financial Assistance - Nassau County businesses can find incentives through the Nassau County IDA LEADs program (Local Economic Assistance Development). While all county businesses are eligible for existing LEADs resources, the Nassau County IDA has waived administrative fees for Nassau County businesses affected by Hurricane Sandy that pledge to rebuild in Nassau County.

Save on Sales Tax - With sales tax waivers provided by the LEADs program, businesses may be exempt for up to $1.15 million in purchases that includes equipment or supplies needed for rebuilding.

To find which LEADs program best suits your business needs visit the page here, e-mail LEADS@Nassauida.org or call 516-571-1745.

Small Business Assistance

Nassau County is committed to lending a hand to small businesses. And thanks to the SBA, small businesses are eligible for disaster loans and one-on-one counseling.

Small Business Disaster Loans
To find which types of disaster loans apply to you, visit the SBA disaster loan page here or call the SBA Long Island Branch office at 631-454-0750 or the general SBA customer service line toll free at 800-659-2955 between 7am and 5pm, Monday through Friday.

To begin your application for one of SBA's Disaster Loans, we recommend you watch this SBA loan tutorial video.

Download the Disaster Business Loan Application here

Download the Economic Injury Disaster Loan here

Other forms you may need to fill out are the Personal Financial Statement Form (download here) and the Schedule of Liabilities Form, which reports mortgages and accounts payable (download here).

Small Business Counseling
Not quite sure where to start? The New York State Small Business Development Center provides one-on-one counseling to help with disaster assistance programs and business recovery planning. Visit the New York State Small Business Development Center website or call 1-800-732-SBDC to find the nearest location and start your business action plan.

Small Business Emergency Loan Fund
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that the New York Bankers Association (NYBA) and the New York Business Development Corporation (NYBDC) have agreed to establish a $10 million small business emergency loan fund to provide immediate financial assistance for businesses impacted by Storm Sandy.

Under the fund, businesses will be able to apply for low-interest loans of up to $25,000 immediately by going to ESD Hurricane Sandy: Disaster Relief or calling 1-855-NYS-SANDY.

Additionally, the New York State Small Business Development Center has set up a number of temporary locations and is working with the SBA to assist businesses affected by Hurricane Sandy. Click here to find additional resources available along with a list of SBA recovery center locations.

Tax Relief

Natural disaster means inevitable costs for businesses of all sizes. And the last thing Nassau County businesses should have to worry about are taxes. See which state or federal tax relief programs and exemptions apply to you.

IRS Postpones Reimbursement Gains - Both individuals and businesses located in federally-declared disaster areas have the option to postpone gains on reimbursement by four years for homes and two for business property. Note: you receive a gain on reimbursement when your insurance award or other reimbursement exceeds the value of the property that was lost.

IRS Deductibles - Additionally, casualty losses can be deducted against income in the prior tax year and certain disaster relief grants will not taxable.

IRS Postpones Tax Filing - Various tax filing and payment deadlines have been postponed starting in late October, giving affected taxpayers until February 1, 2013 to file these returns and pay any taxes due. The postponed deadlines include payroll and excise tax returns and accompanying payments for the third and fourth quarters, normally due on October 31, 2012 and January 31, 2013, respectively.

This tax relief is automatic for affected taxpayers whose address of record is in the federally-declared disaster area. If your business or residence address is not an officially federally-declared disaster area, you must self-declare by contacting the IRS at 1-866-562-5227.

For more information about this assistance, please visit the IRS's Hurricane Sandy webpage here or call a local Taxpayer Assistance Center at 212-719-6631.

If you choose to appoint a third party designee to handle your tax applications with the IRS, please fill out this IRS Form 8821.

Public Transportation

Running your business also means getting around. To find the latest updates on what public transportation is available within Nassau County and beyond check the MTA Long Island page here. There you will find updates on the LIRR, NICE Bus, Metro-North Railroad, Bridges and Tunnels as well as New York City transit systems.

Shared Work Program

If Hurricane Sandy has disabled your ability to retain employees, we first urge you to try New York State's Unemployment Insurance program and see if the Shared Work Program could work for you. Detailed information and application can be found here.

Disaster Unemployment Assistance

If you live in Nassau County and lost your job as a result to Hurricane Sandy, you are eligible for Federal Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA).

To confirm that you meet the requirements for DUA benefits, first call 1-877-358-5306. In order to receive benefits you must apply by December 3, 2012.

For more information on the United States Department of Labor's DUA program visit their page here or find which U.S. Department of Labor local office is closest to you by viewing their New York state listings.

Shelters and Power Centers

If you or your employees' residences have been affected by Sandy, Nassau County offers several shelters, warming centers and power stations. Click here to see which are closest to you.

Nassau County Contacts

Find a full list of direct contacts for your Nassau County village, town or city representatives here.

To contact the Nassau County Police Department call 516-573-7135 or click here.

For other county related issues, contact the Nassau County government operator during business hours at 516-571-3000 to be directed to the correct department.

For other Nassau County business-related needs, contact the Nassau County Industrial Development Agency at 516-571-1945.

If you have not found the resources you are seeking on this page, please fill out this business information form and a member of the Nassau County Economic Recovery Task Force will follow up with you directly to assist with your requests.