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NY 16304 - SBA Offers Disaster Assistance to Businesses and Residents of New York Affected by Severe Storms, Flooding and Straight-Line Winds

WASHINGTON – New York businesses and residents affected by  severe storms, flooding and straight-line winds on Oct. 31, 2019 through Nov. 1, 2019 can apply for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration, Administrator Jovita Carranza announced today.

Administrator Carranza made the loans available in response to a letter from New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Feb. 20, requesting a disaster declaration by the SBA.  The declaration covers, Essex, Herkimer and Oneida counties and the adjacent counties of Clinton, Franklin, Fulton, Hamilton, Lewis, Madison, Montgomery, Oswego, Otsego, Saint Lawrence, Warren and Washington in New York; and the contiguous counties of Addison and Chittenden in Vermont

“The SBA is strongly committed to providing the people of New York with the most effective and customer-focused response possible to assist businesses of all sizes, homeowners and renters with federal disaster loans,” said Carranza. “Getting businesses and communities up and running after a disaster is our highest priority at SBA.”

SBA’s Customer Service Representatives will be available at the Disaster Loan Outreach Centers to answer questions about the disaster loan program and help individuals complete their applications.

The Centers are located in the following communities and are open as indicated:

Oneida County 

Whitesboro Fire Department

171 Oriskany Blvd.  2nd Floor

Whitesboro, NY 13492                                                                              

Opening:  Fri., Feb. 28 from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Hours:       Mon. – Thu. from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.                                                                                   Fri. from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

                     Sat. Feb. 29 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

                     Sat. Mar. 7 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Closed:      Sundays

Last Day:  Thu., Mar. 12 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.   

Herkimer County             

Newport Fire Department

7350 Main Street

Newport, NY 13416                                                                                    

Opening:  Fri., Feb. 28 from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Hours:       Mon. – Fri. from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.                                                                                   Sat. Feb. 29 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

                     Sat. Mar. 7 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

 

Closed:      Sundays

Last Day:  Thu., Mar. 12 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.   

 

 

Essex County    

Schroon Town Library

15 Leland Ave.

Schroon Lake, NY 12870

                 

Opening:  Fri., Feb. 28 from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Hours:       Mon. – Wed. from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.                                                                                   Sat. Feb. 29 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

                

Closed:      Sundays

Last Day:  Wed., Mar. 4 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.   

Hamilton County              

Lake Pleasant Library

2862 State Route 8

Speculator, NY 12164

                 

Opening:  Fri., Feb. 28 from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Hours:       Mon. – Fri. from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.                                                                                   Sat. Feb. 29 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

                     Sat. Mar. 7 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Closed:      Sundays

Last Day:  Thu., Mar. 12 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.  

“Businesses and private nonprofit organizations may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace disaster damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory, and other business assets,” said SBA’s New York, Syracuse District Director Bernard Paprocki. 

For small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations, the SBA offers Economic Injury Disaster Loans to help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster.  Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance is available regardless of whether the business suffered any physical property damage.

“Loans up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate. Homeowners and renters are eligible for loans up to $40,000 to repair or replace damaged or destroyed personal property,” said Kem Fleming, center director of SBA’s Field Operations Center East in Atlanta. 

Applicants may be eligible for a loan amount increase up to 20 percent of their physical damages, as verified by the SBA for mitigation purposes.  Eligible mitigation improvements may include a safe room or storm shelter, sump pump, French drain or retaining wall to help protect property and occupants from future damage caused by a similar disaster.

Interest rates are as low as 3.875 percent for businesses, 2.75 percent for nonprofit organizations, and 1.5 percent for homeowners and renters with terms up to 30 years.  Loan amount and terms are set by the SBA and are based on each applicant’s financial condition.

Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure website at DisasterLoan.sba.gov.

Businesses and individuals may also obtain information and loan applications by calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-659-2955 (1-800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing), or by emailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov. Loan applications can also be downloaded at www.sba.gov. Completed applications should be returned to the centers or mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.

The filing deadline to return applications for physical property damage is April 27, 2020.  The deadline to return economic injury applications is Nov. 25, 2020.

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Release Number: 
20-224
Release Date: 
Thursday, February 27, 2020 - 5:45pm
Contact: 
Michael Lampton
Related State: 
New York
Field Operations Center: 
East