Governor Cuomo Announces $57 Million to Help Low-Income Households Reduce Utility Costs, Make Homes Healthier, Safer and More Energy-Efficient

Northfield Community LDC of Staten Island has been providing Weatherization Services to Staten Island residents for over 33 years. For more information on this program, please call 718-442-7351 ext 271.

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Northfield Community LDC is proud to announce…
the opening of our Resource Center.

For more information, please visit our offices at:

160 Heberton Avenue

Staten Island, NY 10302

or click here to visit our Resource Center online.

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Water & Sewer Service Line Protection Program

Water and Sewer Service Line Protection Program in Partnership with American Water Resources (AWR)


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DEP is pleased to announce that we have partnered with American Water Resources (AWR) to offer a Water and Sewer Service Line Protection Program to our customers. This voluntary program is designed to protect New York City homeowners from the unexpected costs of service line repairs.

Most homeowners are not aware that they are responsible for all of the costs associated with repairing damaged water or sewer service lines that run from their building’s exterior to the municipal service lines in the street. These repairs are not covered by most homeowners insurance policies and can cost thousands of dollars.

AWR has been selected as the exclusive provider of the Water and Sewer Service Line Protection Programs for DEP customers. As a homeowner and DEP customer, you can enroll in the protection programs, and AWR will take the responsibility of paying for service line repairs off your shoulders.

Starting July 1, 2015 rates of $4.49 per month for water line protection and $8.47 per month for sewer line protection will be offered until June 30, 2016. The New York City Water Board will adopt the annual rates for the Programs along with regular water and sewer service charges. These charges will be included in your DEP water and sewer bill and must be paid to remain eligible.

For more information about the Water and Sewer Service Line Protection Program, call AWR toll-free at (888) 300-3570 or click here.

Frequently Asked Questions

Eligible Properties*

Residential properties
Mixed-use properties
Single or multi-family

That are:
·         Metered with wireless meter reading device installed

·         Billed on flat-rate or metered charges

·         Current on DEP charges or payment agreement

·         Equipped with a single service line that is 2″ or less in diameter

Call AWR at (888) 300-3570 to confirm eligibility

*Properties that are not residential, are not metered, have multiple service lines, are not equipped with a wireless meter reading device, are more than $500 and 180 days delinquent on charges, are not up-to-date in an existing payment agreement, are billed on a frontage fire line plan, or are served by a meter pipe of greater than 2″ are not eligible.













For more information, please contact: 

Frank Fontana

Community Coordinator, Bureau of Public Affairs and Communications

(O) 718-595-6023| | 

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If you already shop on Amazon, or if you’re looking for the perfect gift for a loved one, we invite you to shop AmazonSmile  and choose Northfield Community LDC of Staten Island as your charity of choice and a portion of each sale will be donated to us!


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Port Richmond Avenue “RETAIL SHOWCASE”

WHEN: Thursday, June 18, 2015

WHERE: 160 Heberton Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10302

TIME: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Discover Port Richmond…

Owners are showcasing their properties for Port Richmond Avenue’s

Join the tour of retail-ready commercial space. Learn about resources available for small businesses and the exciting changes that are in store for Port Richmond!

Northfield Community LDC, with support from the NYC Department of Small Business Services, is showcasing a series of “move-in-ready” retail storefronts along the Port Richmond commercial corridor.

Businesses located in Port Richmond have the advantage of working with established organizations to help them grow and thrive. “Northfield Community LDC has provided much support to the Port Richmond Board of Trade over the past three decades and we welcome all those interested in locating their business here to attend this exciting showcase event. The Port Richmond Avenue commercial district has served many generations of Staten Island residents and we continue to nurture its current potential”, described Joan Catalano, Northfield Community LDC Executive Director.

Port Richmond commercial corridor, once known as the “Fifth Avenue of Staten Island”, is destined for a renaissance. We welcome entrepreneurs, local property owners, and real estate industry professionals to join us on our tour.

The event’s program is designed to attract new and diverse businesses to the neighborhood by simplifying entrepreneur’s search for retail space and providing property owners with a means of advertising their available commercial spaces. With the recent approval of the Ferris Wheel, the Empire Outlets, combined with the Staten Island Yankee Stadium, momentum is building for development of the North Shore waterfront. With views of the waterfront and the Bayonne Bridge, the Port Richmond Corridor is in an area rich in history. We are on the cusp of something extraordinary. With visions of artist galleries, coffee houses, restaurants, and stores along the hub, Port Richmond will someday be the go to place for cultural diversity.

Here are some of the Businesses we are looking for:
art galleries, coffee cafe, dance studio, gym, thrift shop or a goodwill store, variety shop, hardware store, furniture and home furnishing stores, catering hall, and restaurants.

For more information or to register for this event, please call:
Kathleen Sforza
718-442-7351, Ext. 225


For Immediate Release: 4/22/2015

State of New York | Executive Chamber
Andrew M. Cuomo | Governor


Federal grants awarded to four projects to rebuild bridges and sea walls, and to strengthen flooding measures

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that a project in Oneida and Herkimer Counties and three projects in New York City are moving forward after receiving approvals from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program. These projects will make communities more resilient and better equipped to mitigate the risks of loss and damage associated with future disasters. During the recovery and reconstruction process following a federally declared disaster such as Hurricane Irene, Tropical Storm Lee, or Superstorm Sandy, FEMA provides HMGP funds for states to administer grant programs that mitigate the vulnerability of life and property to future disasters.

Sandy, Irene and Lee all demonstrated how important it is that we continue to rebuild our infrastructure so that it can withstand flooding, damage, and other hazards posed by the threat of extreme weather,” Governor Cuomo said. “This funding will ensure construction of critical projects for communities affected by these severe storms and will build on our success in making New York State stronger and more resilient than ever before.”

FEMA has granted final approval for construction and Phase I approvals for final engineering, along with permission for three projects under its Hazard Mitigation Grant Program. After Superstorm Sandy devastated parts of New York, Governor Cuomo called for government and non-profit organizations across the state to submit applications for projects to help rebuild smarter, stronger, more resilient and more sustainable communities in the wake of recent natural disasters. The projects total more than $22.1 million.

Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DHSES) Commissioner John Melville said, “It is imperative that we take proactive steps to protect New Yorkers and become more resilient against future storms. It is through these four vitally important projects that we will reduce risks to our communities and be safer and stronger in the face of disasters.”

Final construction approval has been granted for the State Route 8 Bridge over West Canada Creek in the Village of Poland and the Towns of Russia and Deerfield in Herkimer and Oneida Counties. Construction on the bridge is set to begin in June 2015. The project is part of Governor Cuomo’s request for FEMA funding for the State’s complete 105 bridge scour program, which aims to upgrade and strengthen critical transportation routes across the State to ensure access during emergencies. FEMA has approved more than $7.8 million to remove and replace the existing State Route 8 Bridge, a two-span pony-truss bridge, with a new, higher two-span steel girder bridge that will be more resilient to extreme weather events.

Phase I engineering and initial permitting has been approved for the following three HMGP projects:

The Sea Gate Community in Brooklyn: Superstorm Sandy severely damaged the community of Sea Gate’s bulkhead and sea wall, which is the main form of protection against erosion, storm surges, and flooding to nearby homes. In most areas, the bulkhead that previously safeguarded the community has been completely destroyed, putting parts of Coney Island and other surrounding neighborhoods at risk. The total project cost of the new bulkhead, including construction costs, is estimated at $2.8 million.NYC Dept. of Parks & Recreation: This project, estimated at $5.16 million including construction costs, will replace and upgrade the tide and sluice gates (movable gates that allow water to flow underneath) on the bridge that separates Flushing Bay from Flushing Creek. Once installed, excess water can be easily drained, which will leave room in the bay to capture extra water and decrease frequent flooding in the park after rainfall. The total area covered by this mitigation project will be about 400 acres.Richmond University Medical Center: The cost of this project, including construction costs, is estimated at more than $6.2 million. Richmond University Medical Center (RUMC), a designated level-one trauma center and stroke center, has more than 2,000 employees and 510 patient beds.

Areas of the RUMC Campus, including the Villa Building, have been susceptible to flooding, which affects parking areas for ambulatory and emergency vehicles, as well as physicians and RUMC staff. When this area is flooded, access to the facility is restricted and limits the ability of patients and staff to enter the facility, and receive or provide medical services.The RUMC proposes an improved site-wide drainage system to ensure the proper passage and distribution of storm water run-off. This will maintain functionality of the hospital and emergency access routes to the facility during flooding events, and prevent flood damage to structures and infrastructure.

Senator Charles E. Schumer said, “Superstorm Sandy underscored the importance of building New York back stronger than it was before and that’s why we crafted the Sandy-relief bill to provide flexible dollars for mitigation programs. This FEMA funding will make possible a new, resilient bulkhead in Brooklyn’s Sea Gate community; and it will provide sorely-needed mitigation at Staten Island’s RUMC Hospital to maintain operations during a storm; and it will upgrade Flushing Bay bridge. In addition, this federal funding will boost construction at the State Route 8 Bridge in Herkimer and Oneida Counties. Overall, these are smart investments to help protect our communities from future damage.”

Congressman Jerrold Nadler said, “After Superstorm Sandy, we in government pledged to rebuild Coney Island and Sea Gate, so that they could withstand the next storm. The sea wall and bulkhead project announced by Governor Cuomo today is a critical part of that work. Along with the shore protection jetties and T-groins currently being built by the US Army Corps, these projects will strengthen our coastal defenses and infrastructure ensuring that our vulnerable waterfront communities are protected from storms in the future.”

Congressman Richard Hanna said, “I am pleased that in June we will begin final construction on the Route 8 Bridge in parts of Herkimer and Oneida counties. These federal funds will ensure the safety of the traveling public while improving our infrastructure to be more resilient in the face of extreme weather. These routes are critical to local residents and I am glad to see this project begin.”

Congresswoman Grace Meng said, “I thank the Governor and FEMA for moving forward with this important initiative for Flushing Bay/Flushing Creek. In the wake of the Hurricane Sandy, we must continue to make our region’s infrastructure stronger and more resilient, and this project will go a long way towards decreasing flooding, improving safety and reducing damage associated with future storms.”


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Richmond County Savings Foundation donates $250K to fund community organizations

Richmond County Savings Foundation donates $250K to fund community organizations

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Richmond County Savings Foundation (RCSF) donated $250,000 to various Staten Island community organizations. Cesar Claro of RCSF, center, is flanked by some of the 2015 grant recipients. (Courtesy of RCSF)
By Melinda Gottlieb |
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on March 03, 2015 at 2:45 PM, updated March 04, 2015 at 2:44 PM

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — On Tuesday, the Richmond County Savings Foundation (RCSF) provided $250,000 to fund a variety of community programs serving thousands of Staten Islanders. The checks were presented during a ceremony held at the Foundation’s Bloomfield headquarters.

RCSF was established in 1998 as part of the conversion of the Richmond County Savings Bank, now a division of New York Community Bank, to a public company. To date, RCSF has provided nearly $56 million in funding to not-for-profit organizations serving the communities in which the bank operates.

Receiving the grants were:

Neighborhood Housing Services of Staten Island ($25,000) to support theSustainable Staten Island Green & Healthy Homes Initiative which provides a coordinated and comprehensive approach to preventing diseases and injuries that result from housing-related hazards and deficiencies.

Staten Island Community Charter School ($15,000) to fund the Encore Academic Intervention & Enrichment Program which provides in-school critical intervention for students who are behind their grade level.

Staten Island Legal Services ($25,000) to support the Domestic Violence Projectwhich protects victims of domestic violence by providing assistance in obtaining orders of protection, custody of children, child support and divorce.

Greenbelt Conservancy ($70,000) for their project that will install eco-friendly pathways and walkways surrounding the Greenbelt Nature Center to provide improved accessibility to visitors.

St. Joseph Hill Academy ($40,000) for the Hill Recreation Facility currently under construction that will provide a safe and secure area for physical education classes, sports teams, student recess and summer camp children.

Good Counsel ($25,000) for the renovation and reopening of their Staten Island Home located in Rosebank. The home provides supportive residential care and community-based services for homeless, expectant, and new mothers and their children.

Northfield Community LDC ($25,000) to provide program support for the Renewal and Resiliency Initiative. This program counsels homeowners affected by Hurricane Sandy on recovery options, including guiding people through difficult financial decisions, issues with building code, permit applications, zoning, design and resiliency-related issues for buildings in Sandy-affected neighborhoods.

RCSF Food Pantry Program which provides ongoing support to Staten Island food pantries. An aggregate total of $25,000 will be given to the following food pantries: The Staten Island Seventh Day Adventist Church; St. Mary of the Assumption; New Direction Services; Reformed Church of Prince’s Bay, and Mesivtha of Staten Island.

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Cesar Claro of the Richmond County Savings Foundation (RCSF), second from left, presented donations to grantees in RCSF’s Food Pantry Program: Rabbi Shloma Eidelman of Mesivtha of Staten Island; Alicia Weise of Reformed Church of Prince’s Bay; and Annette Esposito of St. Mary of the Assumption Church. (Courtesy of RCSF) 


Northfield Community LDC’s Fourth Annual Golf Outing and Dinner


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Save the Date for

Northfield Community LDC’s

Fourth Annual Golf Outing and Dinner

Non-golfers are welcome to join us for dinner only




THURSDAY, MAY 28, 2015



915 Victory Blvd
Staten Island, NY 10301


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