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Hurricane Sandy Department Services

Individuals

  • Important information about Disaster Unemployment Assistance
  • If you live or work in one of the counties declared a disaster area and lost your job as a result of Hurricane Sandy, you may be eligible for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) relief. You may qualify for DUA even if you would not normally be able to get unemployment insurance benefits. For more information, click the link above and see Frequently Asked Questions about DUA.
  • Fact Sheet - Unemployment Assistance Due to Effects of Hurricane Sandy
  • Form DR1 - Help for People Hit by Weather-Related Disasters
  • Claimant Extension Date Many Unemployment Insurance claimants were unable to certify for their weekly benefits due to the loss of power and phone service. The Department of Labor will extend the date of certification of unemployment benefits for people impacted by Hurricane Sandy. Individuals need to call 1-888-209-8124 as soon as possible and speak to an agent to receive benefits for the prior week. If you are unable to access a phone to obtain benefits, you can visit any of the agency’s One-Stop Career Centers.
  • For asbestos abatement and demolition concerns only, call our Division of Safety and Health at (518) 457-2072.

 

Businesses

  • If you are a farmer or self-employed, you may be eligible for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA). For more information, see the fact sheet below. 
  • Fact Sheet - Unemployment Assistance Due to Effects of Hurricane Sandy
  • Hurricane Sandy tax relief (NYS Department of Taxation and Finance)
  • Form DR1 - Help for People Hit by Weather-Related Disasters
  • Free Safety and Health Consultation The Department of Labor can help businesses in New York City and Long Island with immediate on-site or telephone safety and health consultations. The Department has a team of up to 40 safety and health professionals standing by to help provide information on personal protective equipment; the cleanup of mold, asbestos, lead and other hazards including electrical and mechanical issues; and construction and demolition issues. For an on-site consultation, please call (518) 457-3518 or visit any of the agency’s One-Stop Career Centers.
  • Shared Work The Department of Labor can help businesses avoid layoffs by allowing employees to continue to work while collecting partial unemployment benefits. This program is particularly helpful for businesses that are still marginally in operation and can help offset the cost of paying for full time employees.  For businesses interested in this program, please call the Shared Work program at (518) 457-2635 or visit any of the agency’s One-Stop Career Centers.
  • For asbestos abatement and demolition concerns only, call our Division of Safety and Health at (518) 457-2072.

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