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FEMA deadline extended in New York

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New Yorkers living in the declared disaster areas after Superstorm Sandy now have more time to apply for help from the federal government, according to the governor's office.

The deadline to register for FEMA assistance has been extended to January 28, 2013. The previous deadline was December 31, 2012.

"As we work to help communities get back on their feet, this extension will be a big help to New Yorkers who were hit hard by Hurricane Sandy," Gov. Andrew Cuomo said. "As we move into the holiday season and start the New Year, this extension will allow affected families and individuals extra time to apply for much-needed assistance to help rebuild and recover."

Applicants must live in one of the 13 counties that are declared disaster areas: Bronx, Kings, Nassau, New York, Richmond, Rockland, Westchester, Suffolk, Queens, Orange, Putnam, Sullivan, and Ulster.

Disaster assistance can include money for help with rental, essential home repairs, personal property losses, and other serious disaster-related needs not covered by insurance.

You can register for assistance at www.disasterassistance.gov, via smartphone or tablet at m.fema.gov, by phone at 800-621-3362 or (TTY) 800-462-7585.

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