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Cuomo deploys state workers to help with Sandy paperwork

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo shown at Madison Square

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo shown at Madison Square Garden in New York City. (Oct. 24, 2013) Credit: Getty Images

State Department of Financial Services employees are spending the week on Long Island and in New York City to help property owners deal with insurance claims, mortgage relief and other issues brought on a year ago by superstorm Sandy.

A mobile command center will be in a new location each day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

On Long Island, they will be stationed at Freeport Memorial Library, 144 W. Merrick Rd., on Thursday and at Lindenhurst Memorial Library, 1 Lee Ave., on Friday.

"We've made significant progress rebuilding after the terrible damage inflicted by superstorm Sandy, but there's still more work ahead," Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said in a news release. "We will continue reaching out to help those New Yorkers that are still facing challenges repairing their homes and lives in the wake of this devastating natural disaster."

As of October, more than $5 billion in non-flood insurance claims had been resolved, representing 98 percent of the 500,000 claims filed, the state said.

State financial services employees can help property owners deal with insurers, and the agency also has established a voluntary mediation process to dispute claims.

Home and business owners also can call a disaster hotline from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at 800-339-1759.

Complaints about financial institutions can be filed at 800-342-3736 or online at

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