Relative News – Recovery Efforts/ Funding/ Assistance


Town Board Meeting: Monday, October 3, 2011 @ 7pm

Resolutions for consideration at the October 3, 2011 Mtg.

121)Pay all Bills

122)Budget – Accept Tentative Budget as Preliminary Budget

123)Budget – Set Public Hearing for Preliminary Budget

a.     Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011 @ 6pm

124)Phoenicia Sewer – Set Special Meeting (Oct. 19 or 20 @ 6pm)

125)Town Septic – Accept/award bids – Electrical Portion

126)Smart Growth – Accept/Award bids for Town-wide signage

127)Smart Growth – Accept/Award bids for Pavilion repairs

128)Police – Curfew of 9pm on  Halloween Night

129)Parks & Rec.– Renew lease for Emerson Fields (Soccer)

130)Park & Rec. – Accept amendment changing reservations protocol

a.     Specifically – Emerson Fields

131) Parks & Rec. – Appointments and Advertise for position

a.     Heather Roberts – Chair, Carol Chandler – Smith Park Mgr.

b.     Advertise for Parish Field Manager

132)FEMA/State – Request for NY State to pay local match

133)Court – Accept audit of Town Court


State of Emergency – September 28

4:00pm – Waters have receded, but beware of clogged tributaries causing localized flooding on back roads. Also be aware of possible debris on many of these roads. Rain is expected over the next two days please keep checking here for updates.

10:30 am – Waters have begun to rise again, although the National Weather Service is predicting a break in the rain, we are still anticipating another band of rain this afternoon. The Esopus Creek at Cold Brook has breached flood stage and localized flooding has been reported on Rte. 212 in Mt. Tremper and Plank Rd. and High St., Phoenicia.  Onteora School is closing early, check their website for information. If you are concerned about your safety, please come to the Town Hall on Rte. 28 for emergency shelter. Again, we DO NOT anticipate this being a prolonged event, but due the exacerbated stream channels and unpredictable debris clogs, issues may arise quickly. Please keep close watch on your stream or tributary.


Please scroll down for information on funding assistance grants and loans through both private and public resources.

Sept. 23- NOTE: FEMA will be closing the Disaster Recovery Center located at Belleayre on Sat., Oct. 1. If you have not visited or applied please do so by next Saturday. It is easier to navigate their process while they are here. The center is open daily from 8am-8pm.

Click to download an updated FEMA resource guide to assist you in the funding and processes for assistance:


Lost Work? – If you have lost employment or work due to Irene please click the link below to investigate whether you, or your employees are eligible for unemployment benefits through the NYS Department of Labor.

NYS Dept. of Labor website

While we are still in recovery from the storms please note that many of our Commercial Districts have shown resiliency to the flooding. Businesses are open throughout the Town and your support for these businesses and their employees would be greatly appreciated during this time of need.

FINAL VOLUNTEER CALLWe still have a lot of work to accomplish. The CERT Tent will be open on Main St., Phoenicia this coming weekend Sept. 24th & 25th. We are looking for individuals with Pick-up trucks and laborers for continued assistance in removal of flood related damages and debris. Volunteers are asked to convene between 9am and 10am on these days.

DEBRIS : Community dumpsters are located at: Risely Rd., Mt. Tremper; Parish Field, Phoenicia; Shandaken-Allaben Firehouse, Shandaken; Big Indian-Oliverea Firehouse, Big Indian. If you need a pick up, please call the Supervisor’s Office @ (845) 688-7165, or bring it down yourself to the dumpsters. These will only be available for a limited time.

LOST HOMES: If your insurance company has designated your home a total loss and asked to have it demolished please contact Zoning Officer Rich Stokes @ (845) 688-7165 for a demo permit. There are a number of private contractors that can assist in the removal of home demolition materials. The Town will not pay for the equipment or labor for demolition, but for a limited time is willing, in coordination with Ulster County Resource Recovery Agency, to alleviate you of the tipping charges for the dumpsters need to remove the structure. Frank’s Septic (845) 586-2757 is offering special rates on dumpsters for demolition work. Please have your contractor contact the Supervisor’s office prior to demolition to make arrangements.

INSURANCE ISSUES?: Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said his staff is setting up offices in the hardest-hit areas of New York to directly address concerns related to price gouging, insurance policies and delayed debt payments, among other issues. In Ulster County, reprsentatives from the Attorney General’s Office will be available from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 21 and 28 in the county executive’s office at the County Office Building, 244 Fair St., Kingston. For more information, go to

APPLIANCES LOST? : Governor Cuomo Announces $8 Million Household Appliance Program. NYSERDA is offering grants to victims of Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee through the New York Storm Relief Rebate Program. With funding from the American Recovery and Investment Act, the $8 million program will assist New Yorkers in the replacement of household appliances that were lost or damaged in the recent flooding. Click the link to download a pdf describing the availability and how to apply:

Household Appliance Grants for Storm Recovery

CLOTHING/HOUSEHOLD ITEMS/CLEANING SUPPLIES & FOOD SPECIAL: This Saturday, Sept., 24 from 10am -5pm at the Shandaken Reformed Church at 5411 Rte 212, Mt. Tremper (half mile from Rte. 28) volunteers will be offering needed supplies and food products for families affected by the storms.  Items can be reserved for pick-up at a later date. If you have any questions please contact Jill Byron at (845) 532-1216.


Sept. 14, 2011 – Following the effects of Tropical Storm Irene and subsequent floods there are a multitude of resources available for a variety of needs. Below is a listing of those resources for both assistance and donations, note that many of this information is available daily at the Town Hall, 7209 Rte. 28, Shandaken, NY 12480:

FEMA – Physically (local) they are located at the lower lodge of Belleayre Mountain. They can be reached by calling 1(800) 621-3362 (FEMA) or on the web at: Even if you do not think you qualify, please register with them so the Town can better asses Town Wide damages.

Timberlake Foundation – Jay Jacobs and his staff at Timberlake Camp are offering grant assistance to local homeowners and business owners effected by the storms. Donations to this account can be made to: THE TIMBER LAKE FOUNDATION.   In the memo line, please note: PHOENICIA RELIEF FUND.  Checks may be sent to their Glen Cove Office: 85 Crescent Beach Road, Glen Cove, NY 11542. Below is a link to download the pdf application for assistance. Deadline for application is October 10, 2011.

Timberlake – Relief Fund Application

Phoenicia Rotary/ SHARP – The Phoenicia Rotary in coordination with SHARP has grant funds available to residents and businesses effected by the flood. If you would like to make a donation please send checks to: SHARP/Phoenicia Rotary (please note in the memo line: PHOENICIA FLOOD RELIEF), PO Box 362, Phoenicia, NY 12464. If you are in need of assistance please click the link below for a pdf version of the application form. Deadline is open and awards will be made based on immediacy of need.

Rotary/SHARP – Relief Application

Catskill Watershed Corporation (CWC) -The CWC has announced the availability to local business owners, grant funds to assist in getting their businesses operational, and offset cost of structural damages. The final details of this funding is still being worked out, but an announcement about their funding can be found by clicking the link below to read their press release on this issue. There is a cap of $30,000, no deadline has been set. The Town asks that any business that may be interested in these funds download the Disaster Survey form and submit it to the Town Supervisor’s Office at PO BOX 134, Shandaken, NY 12480 {Fax – (845) 688-2041} before Wed., Sept. 21, 2011.

CWC Business Flood Recovery Program


Ulster County Community Action: is helping the flood victims affected by Hurricane Irene. Please have your clients contact our office. The income guidelines are 125% Poverty Guidelines. They will assist the clients with: Providing emergency food, water, home cleaning supplies; Providing appliances to families whose appliances were damaged due to flooding or power outages; Providing temporary housing assistance to those who remain homeless due to the flooding and power outages. For more information please contact: UCCAC, 70 Lindsley Ave, Kingston, NY 12401 (845) 338-8750 Ext 105

Phoenicia United Methodist Church: The church is no longer accepting clothing donations, but is looking for dry/canned food items to be dispensed through the Shandaken Food Pantry to residents in need. Food may be dropped off daily from 10am-4pm. Also, clothing and food items are available to residents affected by the storms daily at the same times. The Church is located at 25 Church St., Phoenicia, NY 12464. Or call: (845) 688-7680.

Belleayre Mountain – FEMA Recovery assistance is at the lower lodge8am-8pm, seven days a week. Clothing and food stores are open at the upper lodge to residents from 7am-3pm, seven days a week.

Volunteer Efforts – The Town of Shandaken and the Phoenicia Rotary created  CERT (Civilian Emergency Response Team) to assist in the cleanup of debris and household products. Dumpsters are located at various locations throughout the Town for flood related items. If you are in need of assistance please call the Town Hall (845) 688-7165 and we will pass the information along to our resources. We are looking for a large volunteer effort this Saturday and Sunday on Main St., Phoenicia at 10am. We still have work to do.