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New York Contractors Still Repairing Sandy Damage

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In a recent article published by PIANY, it was stated that FEMA approved more than 1 billion dollars in assistance to individual families in NY.  Last year super storm sandy put many families in the NY area out of their homes and repairs are still being made to rectify the damages.

Of the 1 billion spent by FEMA, $855 million was used for eligible survivors who needed home repairs and temporary rental assistance.  The rest of the budget of $145 million dollars was allocated to other uninsured hurricane-related expenses.  These uninsured expenses included personal property, transportation, medical, dental, funeral and moving costs.

The budget of 1 billion dollars was a part of FEMA’s individual and household program.  It was a smaller part of much larger assistance program for New York’s recovery.  The total cost in disaster assistance was 8 billion and included more than 1.5 billion in low interest U.S. small business administration disasters loans, and more than 3.7 billion in flood insurance claim payments.  Besides all that, 1.8 billion dollars were spent for debris removal, repair or replacement of public facilities and reimbursement for emergency expenses.

FEMA’s Mission:

FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards. Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-FEMA (3362) (TTY 800-462-7585.)

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Contractors to Take On Extensive Nassau Coliseum Renovation

One lucky Contracting Corporation was selected to redevelop the Nassau Coliseum in the coming years.  The extensive Nassau Coliseum renovation will be taken on by the Forest City Ratner’s Group who are also responsible for developing the Barclays Center.  Their $229 million dollar proposal for the 77 acre plot of land will include a 13,000 seat arena, outdoor amphitheater, restaurants, ice skating, bowling and a movie theatre.

The Ratner Group, also known as NEC, will pay $4.4 million a year in rent annually which was higher than the MSG proposal.  Over the course of the 34-year lease, Nassau County could look to make over $330,000 million in revenue.  County Executive Ed Mangano has assured longtime fans of the Islanders that they will in fact still play six games in the new arena.

In comparison to the current plan, MSG offered a $250,000 proposal.  Both were compelling according to Mangano but in the end NEC offered to accept all costs and responsibilities for operating, insuring, and maintaining the Coliseum beginning August 1st, 2015.  In addition to this, they will begin to pay rent during the pre-construction period.  These factors were ultimately which tipped the scales in NEC’s favor.

The new Coliseum could take up to two years to complete, pending Legislature approval of the plan.  While many long islanders anxiously await the decision only one thing can be certain.  The Nassau Coliseum Renovation will only bring more business and prosperity to Nassau County and its residents.  Its contractors, like the Forest City Ratner Group, who help get big projects done, and without them society would surely suffer.

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The Different Types of General Contractor Licenses

Licensing for General Contractors can vary by state and tier.  There are different types of classes for general contractor licenses which depend on the type of construction work or contract value.  Each state has its own requirements, sometimes for the number of years a contractor has been in the field, or whether or not you work with hazardous materials.

Becoming a Licensed Contractor

Tests for General contractors happen on a quarterly basis, with most of the material for exam and test preparation being available both online, and at your local library.  Information for the test differs among all the different states and testing fees range from around $100 to $300 for the first test, as well as fingerprinting and document fees.  Annual renewal fees range from $30 to $300 dollars.  On top of all of this, Workers compensation insurance is also required before the final licensing.

General Building Contractor

A general Building contractor does a little bit of everything.  Demolition, construction, and repair are all areas of his focus.  People who supply materials are not able to apply for this license but Framers and Carpenters can.  General contractors have the ability to subcontract any work as needed.

General Engineering Contractor

Any type of work that requires special engineering knowledge must have an engineering contractor license.  The type of license covers work in the area of water piping, chemical, or utilities.  It is also required of work done near schools, chemical plants, and sewage pipelines.  Proper knowledge of concrete work, rough and finish carpentry, masonry, electrical and heating, heating, ventilation and air conditioning, or HVAC is necessary to obtain this license.

Specialty Contractor

Most states categorize contractors into one of sixteen specialties.  Dangerous construction, like high-rise glazing, elevator or hazardous substance removal also have classifications.  States with a high volume of contractors provide a separation of residential home improvements.  These contractors focus on small residential jobs.

Contractors insurance is something very specific and involved.  There are many different types of contracting licenses available.  That is why the projects needs must be assessed before figuring out which type of licensing is required.

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