Here is a description of what you can expect from this week's news:

More Hurricane Sandy Victims Will Now Be Eligible For Aid-
The New York City Congressional Delegation recently looked into adjusting the guidelines for the Community Development Block Grant Relief Program. More aid will now be available, even for those who rejected SBA Loans.

A New Program Will Allow Over One Hundred New York Communities to Rebuild Effectively-
On July 18th, Governor Cuomo announced the New York Rising Community Reconstruction Program, which will allocate nearly $520 million [not billion] to 102 New York Communities. Watch to find out how much Staten Island will receive, and how a community may qualify.

The New York State Attorney General Wants to Know How Charities Have Spent Their Funding for Hurricane Sandy Victims-
Attorney General Eric Schneiderman released a report on July 17th stating much of the funding for Hurricane Sandy donations has been left unspent. Schneiderman now wants to question a number of organizations as to why these funds are still unspent.

The West Shore Seems Pretty Popular These Days-
The New York City Economic Development Corporation released a report a few years ago detailing which improvements needed to be implemented on Staten Island's West Shore. Watch to find out how quality jobs and transportation accessibility will be addressed in the revitalization efforts.

The Mayor has a New Initiative to Combat Obesity-
Mayor Bloomberg has the reputation of cracking down on the obesity epidemic, and his newest proposal involves changing building codes so that more people use the stairs. He has created a new organization called the Center for Active Design. How will these proposed changes affect New Yorkers? Stay tuned to find out.

New Building Permits-
If you noticed, last week did not include new building construction updates, because there were simply no permits accepted during that time. This past week, however, there were permits accepted for our borough. Find out where in this video.

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