Long Island Flood Cleanup Gets Underway

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Scenes of closed roads, stranded drivers and children boogie boarding in streets flooded with water following the record-breaking rainfall Wednesday on parts of Long Island were replaced the following day by scenes of homeowners pumping out their basements, drying out their belongings on their lawns and looking for help getting their lives back together.Among the places residents were looking for help was the New York State Department of Financial Services Insurance Response Unit Mobile Command Center, which attracted flood South Shore survivors from near and far to Islip Town Hall West on Montauk Highway, about a mile from where part of Route 27A was still closed Thursday due to a washout. But, some found frustration instead of assistance.“I think this is a great idea that they’re here,” Anne Morrow, 47, a nurse whose Babylon home was flooded with five feet of water causing an estimated $60,000 in damage, told the Press while waiting on line at the command post in Islip. “But…if they’re telling us now that they’re only going to help people with flood insurance, why bother?”Her family is one of thousands estimated to have suffered severe water damage in the flash flooding when 13 inches of rain fell in hours—setting a new statewide record—overwhelming storm drainage systems unequipped to handle such massive amounts of water early Tuesday.Morrow waited on line anyway, just to see if they could give her a point in the right direction.“This will financially crush us if we don’t get the help that we need,” she said.Others, such as 42-year-old Chris Lettieri of Islip, said he doesn’t know how many thousands of dollars in damage his home incurred when a nearby sump overflowed and fish in his backyard pond began swimming across his lawn in the water that filled his basement, overwhelming his sump pump.“Nobody was really prepared for this,” he said. “It happened so fast.”Mary Kathryn Baker stood in front of Islip Town Hall for over an hour and a half, looking for answers.“This is a joke,” she said. “I’ve been here since 8 am. There’s not one town representative here. This is not FEMA. You are on line just so they can tell you sorry, can’t help you. It’s a big smokescreen.”Baker had questions about how to dispose of large items and chemicals. When she contacted the town, she was directed to the mobile unit, but they had no answers.“I need to know, are you going to have a special pickup?” she asked, demonstrably frustrated. “What should I do with this stuff?”George Haggerty, deputy secretary for financial services, repeatedly stated that the first order of business for residents was health and safety first.“Secure your premises,” he said. “Do whatever you need to do. Document it all. Photograph it all. Videotape it all.”“Take care of it and document the heck out of it,” he advised. “If you need to use a contractor to take stuff away, make sure it’s a licensed contractor. Make sure you have an invoice, that sort of thing. You’d be surprised now how many people will pop up, all of the sudden, ‘I’m a rubbage removal guy’ and [take] advantage of people. We just want to make sure people are aware. Most folks out there need to be careful. Particularly our vulnerable populations.”Once homes are secure, Haggerty said the state is here to help people get through the confusing process of putting through insurance claims. And even if you don’t have flood insurance, some people might be covered through their homeowner’s policies.“Get in touch with your insurance carriers,” he said. “There are a lot of very specific rules and regulations about how things have to be inspected, things they can do, can’t do, They’re very heavily regulated in that regard so we make sure they’re following those rules. They have to have people out here seeing homes within a certain period of time, seeing claims, seeing cars, making evaluations on a timely basis. Part of our job is to make sure they are out there being responsive to homeowners.”They will also be making assessments of the scope of the damage and making recommendations for the Federal Emergency Management Agency.“We want to see them come here,” Haggerty said of FEMA. “We want to see their money here.”Department of Financial Services representatives will be available in the Mobile Command Center until 8 p.m. Aug. 14 in Islip, at the Islip Town Hall Parking Lot located at 401 Main Street. In addition, those who are not able to visit the Mobile Command Center can call the Department’s Disaster Hotline at 1-800-339-1759 for help with insurance-related issues. The Department of Financial Services is extending the operating hours for the hotline this week, making it available today, Thursday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.Residents can report unresolved flooding conditions to Islip Town’s Emergency Operations Center at 631-595-3595.  Other important numbers:• FEMA (federal flood assistance); 1-800-621-3362• NYS Office of Emergency Management; 1-518-457-2200• Suffolk Office of Emergency Management; 1-631-852-4900• Suffolk Price Gauging; 1-800-909-5423• PSEG (power outages and electrical matters); 1-800-490-0075• National Grid (natural gas); 1-800-490-0045• American Red Cross; 631-924-6700• American Red Cross; (Spanish Speaking); 1-800-257-7575last_img read more

The CUInsight Experience podcast: Debbie Painter – Stay intentional (#98)

first_imgThank you for tuning in to episode 98 of The CUInsight Experience podcast with your host, Randy Smith, co-founder of CUInsight.com. This episode is brought to you by Trellance transforming data into actionable insight for credit unions from coast to coast.My guest on today’s show is Debbie Painter, the President and CEO of the Kentucky Credit Union League. Debbie and I talk about leadership and the communication skills it takes to be a good leader in this digital world that we are all living in. We talk about growing up in credit unions and how that swayed Debbie’s career path, and her view of looking at each position as a longer, bigger career instead of just a job. Debbie also shares some hacks for internal candidates looking for a CEO position plus much more on this episode of The CUInsight Experience.Debbie believes that investing in membership, community, and employees are ways credit unions will stay relevant in the future. She shares some counsel on how her team stays connected during the pandemic and how her leadership has evolved with a ‘family-first approach. This has helped the KYCUL team maintain a healthy and positive atmosphere. She also shares her concerns for credit unions in this tough financial environment.Listen as Debbie shares what inspired her to take the position at the league and how that inspiration has grown over the last two years. Debbie says that her faith enables her to make hard decisions, and seeing your position as a job and nor a career is a mistake most people make today. If she hadn’t started as a teller and worked her way up, she says she wouldn’t be where she is today.During the rapid-fire questions, we learn that Debbie thought she would be a secretary when she grew up and the best album of all time is anything by the Bee Gees. When she hears the word success, she thinks of herself because she loves what she does and believes that if you don’t love it, you should keep looking until you find what makes you happy.Subscribe on: Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play, Stitcher Books mentioned on The CUInsight Experience podcast: Book List How to find Debbie:Debbie Painter, President and CEO of the Kentucky Credit Union LeagueLinkedIn | [email protected] Show notes from this episode:A big shout-out to our friends at Trellance, an amazing sponsor of The CUInsight Experience podcast. Thank you!Check out all the outstanding work that Debbie and her team at Kentucky Credit Union League are doing here.Shout out: Wendell W. Lyons (former President and CEO of Kentucky Credit Union League)Shout out: Debbie’s momShout out: John PembrokeShout out: Samantha PaxsonShout out: Jill NowackiShout out: KYCULAlbum mentioned: The Bee Gees Greatest Hits by The Bee GeesBook mentioned: The Case Against Socialism by Paul RandPrevious guests mentioned in this episode: Samantha Paxson, John Pembroke, Jill Nowacki (episodes 4, 18, 37, 64 & 82) In This Episode:[01:51] – Welcome to the show, Debbie![02:31] – Debbie shares some hacks on staying connected to everyone during this pandemic.[04:36] – Over the last year, how have you grown as a leader?[06:14] – Debbie speaks about her concerns for credit unions over the next few years in this tough financial environment.[08:33] – Debbie thinks credit unions need to invest in membership, community, and their employees to stay relevant going forward.[10:13] – Debbie thinks the focus on education needs to be expanded, and engagement needs to be amped up.[11:03] – What will you be proud that your team has accomplished a year from now?[12:31] – Debbie discusses what inspired her to take the position as league president and CEO.[13:50] – Debbie shares that the inspiration hasn’t changed over the last two years, but it has grown.[15:13] – Showing them you are the person for the job is a hack that Debbie believes will help you leap CEO.[17:42] – Is there something your team has heard you say so often they can finish your sentence?[19:20] – Debbie says that her faith has a lot to do with making the hard decisions.[20:00] – Your small so that must be easier is a myth she wants to debunk.[20:41] – Not seeing your job as a career is a mistake she believes people make today.[22:00] – Debbie shares that her mom’s work ethic is something she had taken with throughout the years.[22:57] – How have mentors been important to your career?[24:38] – Be yourself, be a sponge and watch and learn is something Debbie believes you should do if you want to advance into a position you don’t think you are qualified for.[25:29] – Debbie runs to recharge when she has a day off.[26:31] – Debbie says she was so unmemorable in high school, she lived in the shadow of her older brother.[27:22] – Debbie thought she would be a secretary when she grew up.[28:00] – Do you have any routines that, if you don’t do, your day feels off?[28:32] – What is the best album of all time?[29:06] – Do you have a book you think everyone should read?[29:57] – Faith and Family have become more important, and the race to prove herself is less important.[30:40] – When you hear the word success which is the first person who comes to mind?[31:36] – Love what you do, and if you don’t love it, find what you do love are words Debbie would like to leave the listeners with.[32:23] – Thank you so much for being on the show! 22SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Randall Smith Randall Smith is the co-founder of CUInsight.com, the host of The CUInsight Experience podcast, and a bit of a wanderlust.As one of the co-founders of CUInsight.com he … Web: www.CUInsight.com Detailslast_img read more

Hottest Gold Coast suburbs to take on a ‘knockdown rebuild’

first_img Porter Davis Homes consultant Allyson Lente says an emphasis on indoor-outdoor living was a popular design trend, with large entertaining areas to enjoy the Coast’s weather all year round.After struggling to find a vacant block to build on, they decided to buy an older home at Miami to knock down.“I remember saying to Ryan, ‘I’m no mathematician and I’m sure there must be a catch, but I’ve been looking at the Metricon new home prices and I actually think it would be cheaper to buy an old home, knock it down and build new’,” she said.Paul Harms, a builder who runs Gold Coast business PJH Constructions, has extensive experience in new builds around Burleigh Heads and Burleigh Waters.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa7 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day agoAs well as building for clients, he has built houses for his own family in both suburbs over the years. Paul Harms with wife Nicky and two of their three children – Evie, five and Daisy, three – are now in the process of selling their new build at 9 Guyra Drive, Burleigh Heads.One was in Burleigh Heads’ Koala Park, where Mr Harms and wife Nicky bought a rundown house in 2016 with a plan to knock down the house and subdivide the block. The pair sold their first Koala Park build in 2017 and are now in the process of selling their second build – named the Loft House – at 9 Guyra Drive. “It’s all about the location,” Mr Harms said.“You’re close to Burleigh Heads, you have the beautiful walk that wraps around the headland and there’s one of the best surf beaches in Queensland.”The house, designed by Bianca Gemmill of BCG Building Design, has an array of luxury features including a loft bedroom, timber staircase, butler’s pantry, pool and wraparound alfresco with a two-way fireplace. For more on the Loft House, see the Real Estate magazine in today’s Gold Coast Bulletin. Porter Davis Homes consultant Allyson Lente.Ms Lente said buyers should consider how close the block was to water and the slope before embarking on a knockdown rebuild.She said an emphasis on indoor-outdoor living was a popular design trend, with large entertaining areas to enjoy the Coast’s weather all year round.Gold Coast golden girl and popular TV presenter Liz Cantor recently moved into her new build at Miami.The Channel 7 presenter and her husband Ryan Lysaught had to go to extraordinary lengths to find the perfect block to build their family house. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:45Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:45 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenWhat is the new HomeBuilder scheme?00:46BURLEIGH Waters, Miami, Mermaid Waters and Sanctuary Cove are among Gold Coast suburbs where homebuyers are bulldozing rundown dwellings in favour of flash new builds.A “knockdown rebuild” is often more cost effective than a complicated and lengthy renovation, according to Porter Davis Homes consultant Allyson Lente. Knockdown rebuilds offers residents the chance to live close to Gold Coast beaches and local amenities.“Knockdown rebuilds allow you to keep equity in your land without having to pay stamp duty or other associated selling costs,” she said.“We see a number of current residents in these areas looking to upgrade on the plot of land they already own but also new buyers moving into the area by purchasing older homes to rebuild their dream home on the land.“They offer residents the chance to live close to beautiful Gold Coast beaches and a numberof local amenities.”last_img read more

Reynolds says temporary surgical abortion ban to save PPE

first_imgJOHNSTON — Governor Kim Reynolds says surgical abortions are included in her temporary ban on elective and non-essential surgeries to preserve medical supplies in the midst of a pandemic.“Making sure that we have the personal protective equipment to care of those Iowans who are on the front lines serving Iowans and those in need,” Reynolds says, “…to make sure that we have our health care providers and our first responders healthy so they can take care of Iowans.”The governor’s proclamation put a halt to all scheduled elective and non-essential surgeries in Iowa until April 16th.“Everyone is making is making sacrifices,” Reynolds says. “Everyone.”Planned Parenthood officials say they are assessing the governor’s action. The organization is suing Texas over a similar order that bans medication abortions as well as surgical abortions. Current Iowa law bans abortions after 20 weeks in a pregnancy, unless the procedure is necessary to save the life of the mother.last_img read more