2002-09-14 / Community

Governor Seeks Extension

For WTC Victims

For WTC Victims

Governor George E. Pataki today announced he has asked the Federal
Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to extend the registration deadline to Jan. 31, 2003 for the Individual and Family Grant program (IFG) for eligible victims of the World Trade Center disaster.

"We're continuing to do everything possible to help our friends and
neighbors recover from the horrific events of September 11," Governor
Pataki said.  "This federal program provides vital help to individuals and
families who are not covered by insurance and other governmental aid
programs, and the extension of the deadline will enable more New Yorkers to get the assistance they're entitled to receive."

The IFG program is one of FEMA's individual assistance programs made
available after President Bush declared a federal disaster on September 11th, 2001, at Governor Pataki=s request. Administered by the State Labor Department, 75 percent of the program is funded by FEMA, with a matching 25 percent State match. The IFG program will cover "serious needs" and "necessary expenses" that are not covered by other sources of insurance and aid.

By extending the registration period until January 31, 2003, the
State-administered programs' registration period will coincide with those
programs directly administered by the federal government. Having one
registration date for all programs is expected to help eliminate confusion
for people seeking to apply.

People can begin applying for grants by calling 1-800-462-9029.
Persons with hearing or speech impairments may call the special TTY number, 1-800-462-7585. This line is available from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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