September 26, 2016
By Stephanie West
Albany, NY – Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has announced a program to help small businesses, homeowners and renters access state funds for uninsured losses and physical damage they have incurred as a result of the Chelsea explosion.
“The state continues to work around the clock to assist all New Yorkers impacted by this act of terror and help this vibrant neighborhood return to normal,” Governor Cuomo said. “We are making state emergency assistance available immediately to those who have suffered economically during the explosion, and we will continue to work closely with our local and federal partners to ensure New York’s thriving small business community has the resources they need. In the wake of this deplorable attack, New Yorkers have shown unparalleled bravery and resiliency – and we will continue to support them every step of the way.”
The Department of Financial Services will work directly with businesses and residents to submit insurance claims. As regulator of the insurance industry, DFS will work with insurance companies to expedite claims and resolve any issues. For uninsured losses, the state will offer a grant program. The Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services will administer this new grant program to cover all remaining uninsured costs. Affected business owners and residents should visit the mobile van or call the DFS Insurance Disaster Hotline at 800-339-1759 (Monday – Friday, 8:30 AM to 8:00 PM).
Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie said, “The damage caused by the recent attack in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan has undoubtedly had a significant impact on small businesses, home owners and renters. In addition to the 31 individuals who were injured from the explosion, the community is now struggling to repair damaged buildings and maintain economic stability during recovery. By providing funds for small businesses during this trying time we can help them avoid financial disaster and protect our local economy.”