Monthly Archives: April 2013

City to reimburse residents who have already paid to fix their Sandy-ravaged homes

In a significant reversal, the Bloomberg administration said it would distribute federal aid to compensate homeowners for repairs. Bloomberg previously indicated that the city wouldn’t reimburse owners due to concerns about fraud.

NEXT MEETING date & location change to permit a presentation by 
World Renew on Canvassing & Assessment of Unmet Needs

NEXT MEETING: Thursday, May 2, from 9:30am to 11:30am

Shorefront Y gymnasium
3300 Coney Island Avenue
(at the boardwalk)
Brighton Beach, Brooklyn, NY 

B or Q to Brighton Beach station
B1 or the B68 to Brighton Beach & Coney Island Avenue

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A Service from Mourning to Hope


Sunday, April 21, at 4:00 p.m.

Chapel of the Good Shepherd at The General Theological Seminary

20th Street Gate (between 9th and 10th Avenues), Manhattan


This Interfaith Liturgy will is being co-sponsored by:

The General Theological Seminary  Hebrew Union College  The Interfaith Center of New York

New York Disaster Interfaith Services ● United Sikhs


Following the Boston bombings, we are once again reminded of the virus of violence has claimed more victims. It is time to start a new virus, of hope. Join with interfaith leaders, neighbors, and students from General Seminary of the Episcopal Church and Hebrew Union College, and other local partners.


We will offer many of traditional prayers for the dead. We will name the cities that have endured such violence. We will offer up the letters of the alphabet so that God, who knows all names, can arrange them in the right order. As we turn toward our vocation as peacemakers, we will light candles and offer prayers for peace, and go in peace, to love and serve—all.


For more information, contact Father Stephen Holton, at


Peter B. Gudaitis, M.Div.

PresidentNational Disaster Interfaiths Network (NDIN)

Chief Response Officer, New York Disaster Interfaith Services (NYDIS)

4 West 43rd Street – Suite 407

New York, NY 10036


Office: 212.669.6100

FAX: 212.354.8251

Blackberry/Cell: 917.449.8605   



The student group ORLI Operation Resilient Long Island will host the event Raise or Stay: The Road Forward Post Sandy on April 25 2013, at 6:30pm at Steelcase NY, 4 Columbus Circle.

The event will showcase student lead post sandy initiatives from Pratt, New Jersey Institute of Technology and New York Institute of Technology.

Speakers from NYC, New Jersey and the American Institute of Architects New York will speak on how their local communities and organizations are dealing with Sandy. The event intends to bring together groups in the spirit of regional collaboration. A food and wine reception will follow the event and AIA CES credit will be provided.

SIRR Community Workshop 4/24 in Sunset Park: FREE but RSVP
On Wed., 4/24 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM the Mayor’s Special Initiative for Rebuilding and Resiliency will host a community workshop in the Sunset Park community.  
Location: Trinity Lutheran Church – 411 46 Street (Entrance on 4th Avenue), Brooklyn, NY 11220
RSVP: or call 718-492-9307.  If you are interested in participating as a facilitator at the workshop, please contact Courtney Smith at  

U.S. Department of Homeland Security

National Protection and Programs Directorate – Office of Infrastructure Protection


Conducting Security Assessments: A Guide for Schools and Houses of Worship

Virtual Roundtable

Wednesday, May 1, 2013 | 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. (EDT)


Following the Newtown, CT and Oak Creek, WI mass casualty shooting incidents, assessing the security vulnerabilities of our schools and houses of worship is more critical than ever. In support of the Presidential Initiative on Reducing Gun Violence, this virtual roundtable explores how to assess and strengthen security at houses of worship and K-12 schools. Representatives from the Department of Homeland Security and from religious and educational communities will discuss how to:

• Develop assessment teams

• Assess security measures

• Create a culture of security throughout the institution


This free, online, interactive roundtable will include panel discussions, a question-and-answer session, and additional Security Assessments:

, May 1, 2013 | 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. (EDT)


• Leaders, administrators, staff, and volunteers from schools and houses of worship

• Law enforcement and Federal, State, local, tribal, and territorial officials



Andrea T. Schultz – Chief, Commercial Facilities Section, Office of Infrastructure Protection, Department of Homeland Security

more information, please contact

A limited number of phone lines will be available for participants, so please plan to listen online using your computer’s speakers or headphones.



Bob Hellmuth – Director, Department of School Safety and Security, Montgomery County, MD Public Schools

Paul Goldenberg – Vice Chair Homeland Security Advisory Committee’s Faith-based Security and Communications Advisory Committee

Matt Wombacher – Protective Security Advisor, National Capital Region, Department of Homeland Security