Friday, November 2, 2012

Important Message from MCC Regarding Storm Recovery Resources

Dear MCC Member,

We hope you and your families are safe and well. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all who have been affected by the storm. This has been a devastating time for many as we struggle to come to terms with loss of life, injury and damage to homes, businesses and infrastructure. As you are aware, we continue to face many challenges in Manhattan and throughout the city as well as our friends and neighbors all along the east coast and beyond. The recovery process will be lengthy and we assure you we will do everything in our power to help businesses affected in our area. We have assembled a list of resources which we have listed below.

Please let us know if your business is facing specific challenges and we will direct you to the appropriate agency or resource. We'd like to hear from you about losses your business has faced from being closed, disruptions in supply, etc. Please let us know your stories so we can gather information about what Manhattan and NYC area businesses are facing. Please e-mail Laura Bucko, VP/Director of Communications, MCC at with your questions, concerns or reflections about how your business is coping during this difficult time.

Again, we hope all of you are safe and look forward to assisting you in the recovery process.

Kindest regards,

Nancy Ploeger

Please see the following links and resources:



New York City, including the Department of Small Business Services (SBS) and the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), is coordinating a set of services to assist small businesses in recovering from Hurricane Sandy. Below is an outline of available programs and relevant contact information. Please click here for complete information. 


In light of the cleanup opearation following Hurricane Sandy, please see the attached file for a comprehensive guide to disaster assistance and relief funding as distributed by the office of Senator Kirsten E. Gillibrand.


Recovering from damage / disruption to businesses due to Hurricane Sandy. Click here to see some informative tips. 


Limited cubicle space, office space and open desk seating are available. Click here to learn more. 


Find out about access and entry procedures, building damage and repair, Ecomomic recovery and much more by clicking here


 Additional links and resources
  • Interactive map from ConEdison which lists outages and includes projected service times/dates.


Additional information from Assembly Member Dan Quart
Volunteers are needed all across the city for a variety of recovery projects. New York Cares is coordinating efforts and every bit of help they can get will be appreciated. You can sign up here
Absentee Ballots
I know many of those who were planning on voting absentee were still waiting to receive absentee ballots before Sandy hit, and I'm sure there are others who need to vote absentee because of the storm. The Board of Elections has extended the deadline for absentee ballot applications until tomorrow, November 2nd. These applications can be mailed or faxed. Once received, a ballot must be postmarked by Monday, November 5th and must arrive at the Board of Elections by November 19th. For more information, see the Board of Elections website


Our friends at New York Tech MeetUp are organizing tech volunteers to assist affected businesses
NY Tech Meetup and New Work City are organizing volunteers with technology skills to help with relief efforts and help New York-area businesses and organizations get their technology back up and running after Hurricane Sandy. For now, we are starting with creating a database so that we have a group of people who have already raised their hands and are ready to go as it becomes more evident which organizations and businesses in the city need help. If you have skills to offer, please sign up here.  

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