Staten Island This Week for the Third Week of September:

Thank you for joining us for this segment of Staten Island This Week, the online news channel with a real estate angle. As always, we strive to bring newsworthy updates to those living in the Staten Island area. Here are this week's headlines:

"Build-It-Back" Application Deadline Approaching:

Hurricane Sandy victims who need help funding home repairs may want to look into the federally-funded Build-It-Back Program, which has an approaching deadline of October 1st. For more information, please visit nyc.gov/html/recovery.

Health Care Reform Includes Medicaid Expansion

Beginning January 1st, 2014, all Americans in participating states, including New York, will be required to purchase medical insurance. The Affordable Care Act will also expand Medicaid, making it available to all individuals aged nineteen through sixty-five who bring in an annual income below $15,856 for a single person, calculated as the Modified Adjusted Gross Income.

New Awareness Campaign Addresses Student Absenteeism

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a new public awareness campaign on September 10th to address the issue of chronic student absenteeism. The Every Student Present Campaign aims to keep students in the classroom by engaging them with the help of school leaders and families. About one in ten students are classified as chronic absentees, and these students are more likely to fall behind in school or even drop out.

Automobiles are the Largest Threat to Child Safety

Changes have recently taken place within school zones in New York, which include speed cameras and a No U-Turn law. We now have the data to demonstrate the reasons for these changes. It has been determined by the New York State Department of Motor Vehicle that automobiles are the biggest threat to childhood safety, with about eighteen hundred children hit by automobiles each year.

Future Construction Update

One new permit was accepted for residential construction last week, in the neighborhood of Tottenville. In addition to this development, we also have an update on construction projects for 2013. For the first half of this year, New York City has seen a total of $7.9 billion in construction starts. Watch to find out how these dollars have been divvied up, and what the top infrastructure project is, which is located here on Staten Island.

Upcoming Events for the Second Week of October

Here we have a handful of great events in Staten Island for the second week of October. These events include an anti-bullying workshop and a birding event called Raptor Migration.

That's all we have for this week, thank you for tuning in to our segment covering the third week of September. RealEstateSINY.com is a full service real estate company that also strives to bring the latest relevant news to Staten Islanders, so be sure to follow our social media channels, and stay up-to-date with our video segments by subscribing to our Youtube channel.

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