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NY State waives fees, grants permit extensions in superstorm zone

Aiming to quicken the pace of recovery, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office announced fee waivers and payment extensions as well as more time for license renewals and permit applications granted by the State Liquor Authority and the Department of Environmental Conservation.

Liquor license holders due for renewal in Nassau, Suffolk, Westchester and Rockland counties and in New York City will receive a 60-day grace period to continue to operate following the expiration date. Retailers also will have 15 more days to pay wholesalers for deliveries made just before the storm, the governor’s office said.

There are numerous other SLA extensions and fee waivers including:

-- Free replacement of licenses lost or damaged by the superstorm.

-- Deadline extension for New Year’s Eve permits. It has been moved from Nov. 16 to Dec. 1.

-- Refunds for special event permits for events canceled because of Sandy.

Beginning Wednesday, the state Department of Environmental Conservation also will waive fees and extend permit application deadlines for 30 days in Nassau, Suffolk, Westchester, Rockland and Orange counties and in New York City.

Some of the DEC relief measures include:

-- An extension for applications for minor modifications and permit renewals.

-- A general order to allow for hazardous waste generated by storm damage to be properly disposed of without incurring fees and taxes for a specified period.

-- An extension for regulatory fee payments.

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