Dear Friends,

Below is some vital information for you during this time. 

Thank you,

Rosie Mendez

MFY Legal Services will be offering a free legal workshop from 10-5PM for those affected by Hurricane Sandy on Tuesday, November 6th, 2012 at the District Office of Councilwoman Rosie Mendez:

  • Our office is located on 14th Street at 237 First Avenue, Room 504. 
  • To access our office, please dial "501" on the intercom button to the left of the building entrance doors. Your call will be answered by one of our staff members who will let you into the building.  

Staff from MFY Legal Services will be available to assist you with:

  • Legal Assistance On Consumer, Housing and Unemployment Issues 
  • Assistance Applying For Replacement Food Stamp/SNAP Benefits
  • Assistance Applying For FEMA Benefits  

For more information, please contact:

Chris LaBarge, Office of Councilwoman Rosie Mendez: 212.677.1077 or  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Kevin Cremin, Director of Litigation for Disability and Aging Rights, of MFY Legal Services: 212.417.3700 or  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Emergency Poll Site Relocation in CD-2: 

The Poll Site located at Bard H.S.E.C.; PS—97 (525 East Houston Street, 10002) has been moved to PS—188/196 located at 442 East Houston Street, 10002

Manhattan BOE borough office is closed. Operations temporarily relocated to:                        450 West 33rd Street, 10Flr  New York, NY 10001  Tel: 1. 212.465.0503   Fax: 1. 212.465.2135

You can also text "NYCVOTES" to 877-877 and follow the prompts to find your poll site. Polls open at 6 a.m. and close at 9 p.m.

HRA Building Closures: Please call 311 to check if the following HRA sites will be opened.

  • 109 East 16th Street
  • 12 West 14th Street
  • 462 First Avenue (Bellevue)
  • 2 Washington Street
  • 180 Water Street

Request for Replacement of Food (SNAP):

Note: HRA has a special fax line for replacement FS/SNAP requests, for SNAP recipients who lost food due to Hurricane Sandy:   917-639-1111.  

HRA has asked that requesters include their address, SSN and contact phone number on the form.

Recipients in the Lower East Side may now use SNAP benefits to purchase hot and prepared foods if purchased at authorized retailers, such as grocery stores that accept EBT. 

LifeNet Crisis Hot Line/Linea de Ayuda para Crisis:  1-800-543-3638 & Español 1-877-298-3373

Blanket distribution sites:

  • 419 West 17th Street between 9th and 10th Avenues Manhattan 1pm-5pm
  • Pitt Street and East Houston Street 1pm-5pm  

Manhattan day time warming Centers:

  • City Hall Senior Center 100 Gold Street Manhattan 11 AM to 5 PM
  • Community Lounge 155 East 22nd Street Manhattan 9 AM to 5 PM 
  • Good Companions Senior Center 334 Madison Street Manhattan 9 AM to 3 PM 
  • Project Find Woodstock Senior Center 127 West 43rd Street Manhattan 9 AM to 5 PM  
  • Sirovich Senior Center 331 East 12th Street Manhattan 8 AM to 8 PM  
  • UJC Adult Luncheon Club 15-17 Bialystoker Place Manhattan 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM

Manhattan Warming Shelter:  

George Washington High School, 549 Audubon Avenue between Fort George Avenue and West 193rd Street

BUS PICKUP From L.E.S. Located at: Seward Park High School, 350 Grand Street between Ludlow and Essex Streets

Brooklyn Warming Shelter:

John Jay High School, 237 Seventh Avenue between 4th and 5th Streets Bklyn, NY. No BUS PICKUPS from MANHATTAN  

Emergency Shelters:

  • Manhattan Seward Park HS 350 Grand St, New York, NY 10002 Evacuation Center Only
  • Manhattan John Jay College 445 W 59 St, New York, NY 10019 Special Medical Needs Only
  • Manhattan Hunter College 695 Park Av, New York, NY 10065 All populations

Brooklyn Emergency Shelters:

  •  Brooklyn John Jay HS 237 7 Av, Brooklyn, NY 11215  All populations
  • Brooklyn Park Slope Armory 361 15 St, Brooklyn, NY 11215  Special Medical Needs Only  

To request and offer assistance in the East Village and Lower East Side Contact: 

Assistance for small businesses which suffered losses due to the storm:


If your property was damaged log on to:   This will help the City estimate the extent of the damage and the amount of emergency funds needed.

Residents and business owners who qualify can begin to apply for aid from FEMA:   or call 1-800-621-3362  

For Disaster assistance/housing assistance call: 1-800-621-3362

For a disaster loan:   or

Conserve Power in NYC: Con Edison is urging customers in the areas of Mid- and Lower Manhattan to conserve energy while crews continue work to reinforce the company's underground electrical and steam systems. Refrain from using non-essential appliances, such as washers and dryers. Con Edison also asks building owners to limit use of certain elevator banks or other equipment.

Buildings: DOB's Post-Storm Advisory page with helpful reminders and information for constituents:  

 Additional Legal Assistance: Those seeking immediate assistance with legal issues can call NYLAG's new hotline at 212-584-3365 or email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .