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Assistance available for Sandy victims

This marsh house on an island north of

This marsh house on an island north of Jones Beach was damaged during superstorm Sandy. The marsh houses, once the homes of bay fishermen, are scattered on the marsh islands from East Rockaway to east of the Wantagh Causeway in the Great South Bay. (Nov. 14, 2012) Credit: Doug Kuntz

Representatives of the state Department of Financial Services will hold a series of meetings this week to assist superstorm Sandy victims on Long Island.

The sessions are designed to “help homeowners, renters and business owners with insurance-related issues stemming from damage caused by Storm Sandy,” the agency said in a statement. Benjamin Lawsky, superintendent of the agency, announced the sessions Monday.

The meetings will be held:

* Today, at 86 E. Park Ave. in Long Beach until 6 p.m.
* Wednesday, at 1101 Sunrise Hwy. in Copiague from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
* Thursday, at 100 Main St. in East Rockaway from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
* Friday, at 11 Lawrence Lane in Lawrence from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Sandy victims also are encouraged to call the department’s storm hotline at 800-339-1759, agency officials said. The hotline is staffed from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, officials said.


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