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1 Long Island Disaster Relief Legal Resources For Everyone: Touro Law Center HEART Hotline Provides assistance to local residents and businesses with legal issues relating to Superstorm Sandy. Can be reached either via Phone at or at Phone lines are staffed live Monday Thursday 9:00 am 5:00 pm, and Fridays from 9:00 am 2:30 pm., voice mail is available 24/7. Touro Law Center Disaster Relief Clinic assist community members with legal problems arising from Superstorm Sandy. Please call Professor Ben Rajotte at or at New York Legal Assistance Group (NY LAG) free civil legal services Call hotline at or at Make the Road provides legal services for the Spanish-speaking community Brentwood, Long Island: 1090 Suffolk Avenue, Brentwood, NY o P: o F: Staffs a legal clinic at the Occupy Sandy Relief Center on Staten Island on Sundays from 1-4 pm. National Disaster Legal Aid In NY, please call Nassau Suffolk Law Services Free civil legal assistance in New York Appointments are necessary. Call the Law Services office closest to you. Nassau County o Hempstead Office 1 Helen Keller Way 5 th Floor, Hempstead, NY, P: ; F: Senior Citizens Law Project P: Volunteer Lawyers Project P: ; F: Suffolk County o Islandia Office (Serves Suffolk West of Route 112) 1757 Veterans Highway Suite 50, Islandia, NY P: F: o Riverhead Office (serves Suffolk East of Route 112) 313 West Main Street, Riverhead, NY P: F: New York State Bar Association

2 Legal Hotline: Webinars covering FEMA, Wind and National Flood Insurance Claims (http://www.totalwebcasting.com/view/?id=nysbar) List of New York Free Disaster Assistance Legal Clinics (http://www.mynewyorklegalhelp.com/nydisasterlegalclinics/) Nassau County Bar Association Source for legal information and services for the legal profession and the local community in Nassau County. Additionally, provides free legal clinics addressing Superstorm Sandy specific issues twice a month. Call for more information or to make an appointment. 15 th & West Streets Mineola, NY P: F: Suffolk County Bar Association Source for legal information and services for the legal profession and the local community in Suffolk County. 560 Wheeler Road, Happauge, New York P: F: General address: Suffolk Academy of Law: Lawyer Referral and Information Service: Lawyer Assistance Program: Empire Justice Center Homeownership Protection Program and Anchor Partner Program P: NYC Pro Bono Center Provides information to attorneys for pro bono opportunities New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo Provides multiple resources for storm victims via the official NYS Governor s website; Subjects include: o Avoiding Post Storm Scams o How to file with FEMA o How to recover lost documents o Precautions to take when returning home o Tax filing deadlines and extensions o And many more Direct links to full text versions of the NYS Governor s executive orders available here:

3 For Homeowners: o Note: executive orders pertaining to Superstorm Sandy begin at order number forty seven (47); Governor Cuomo Declares a Disaster in the Following Counties. L.I. Housing Services Challenges different housing discrimination issues. 640 Johnson Avenue, Ste. 8 Bohemia, New York P: Village of Babylon Posting new building code requirements for rebuilding and providing notice of permit fee waivers for 90 days West Main Street Babylon, New York P: (Mayors Office) Village of Copiague - Village of Freeport - City of Long Beach Village of Lindenhurst Village of Massapequa Village of Merrick - Village of Seaford For Businesses: Hofstra Law School Clinic for Small Businesses free legal assistance to local small businesses as they recover from the effects of Superstorm Sandy. Contact for further information or to apply. Small Business Administration Provides low interest loans to individuals and businesses who have been affected by Superstorm Sandy. Loan amounts and limitations differ if individual or business. Contact SBA for further information:

4 US Small Business Administration rd St, SW Washington DC P: Nassau County Disaster Relief Sales Tax Program Provides sales tax exemptions for businesses rebuilding after Superstorm Sandy. Contact the Nassau County Industrial Development Agency for more information: P: E: Suffolk County Disaster Relief Sales Tax Program Provides sales tax exemptions for businesses rebuilding after Superstorm Sandy. Contact the Suffolk County Industrial Development Agency for more information: P: E: Or apply online at: New York Small Business Development Center at Stony Brook Provides disaster related small business loans and free assistance with application paper work and filing of business loan documents and other business needs. P: E: For Consumers: NY Attorney General Price Gouging Complaint line If you have noticed that the price of goods and services have gone up since the hurricane passed New York, don t stay silent! The NY Attorney General has issued a warning regarding the inflation of price of goods and services, you can read the complete warning here. If you have noticed this in your community please report this by calling the toll-free complaint line at: or visit the Attorney General s website at New York State Department of Financial Services Hotline For banking and insurance complaints (other than FEMA or Flood Insurance) contact How is your insurance company handling the storm? Check the Insurance Company and Public Adjuster Report Cards available at: Nassau County Office of Consumer Affairs Contractor Checklist in order to protect themselves from the risk of fraud or scam, homeowners should always check to be sure

5 that the contactor or home improvement professional they seek to hire is licensed in their county. Contact the NCOCA for information on Nassau County issued licenses at: Or follow their checklist for hiring at contractor, located here: Suffolk County Government Consumer Affairs License Search Provides free search of a contractor or home improvement professionals license status: Or contact via phone at: Environmental: New York State Oil Spill Hotline Complaint Hotline specifically for oil spills, open Monday Friday, 24 hours. P: New York State Oil Spill Fund For homeowners and individuals who have property damaged solely by oil spilled from another party. Find out more at: P:

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