By Paula Katinas
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Assemblyman Alec Brook-Krasny, whose district is still recovering from the damage left by Superstorm Sandy, will be touring hard hit areas with New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli on June 14.
Brook-Krasny (D-Coney Island-Bay Ridge) said the Coney Island end of his district was devastated by the Oct. 29 storm. He will offer the comptroller a tour of the heavily damage areas, he said. The two men will also meet with community leaders and residents.
DiNapoli will be spending a good part of the day in Brook-Krasny’s district, according to the assemblyman’s aides, who said the two men will also be visiting Bay Ridge.
"I am thrilled to welcome my good friend the New York State Comptroller, Thomas P. DiNapoli, to my district this Friday. I have his day jam packed with events so that he can truly hear from the people of the 46th Assembly District,” Brook-Krasny told the Brooklyn Daily Eagle.
The tour will begin in Bay Ridge, as Brook-Krasny and DiNapoli co-host a workshop for small business owners at the Bridgeview Diner, 9011 Third Ave., from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
“Hopefully Comptroller DiNapoli will be able to help answer questions and provide valuable information to our local business owners. Our community is significantly strengthened when our small businesses are flourishing,” Brook-Krasny said.
After the workshop, the assemblyman and the comptroller will head over to Shore Road Park where the DiNapoli will attend a “Sing for Hope Pianos” concert. The park is one of the locations where the Sign for Hope pianos have been placed by to foster a love of music in New Yorker. There are 88 pianos located in public places around the city. The pianos will be there until June 16.
“We then head over to the other side of the district, for a post Superstorm Sandy tour and update, and additional community meetings," Brook-Krasny said.
DiNapoli will be accompanied by members of his staff to assist residents who believe they are eligible to collect unclaimed funds from the state. Unclaimed funds are generated by banks, insurance companies, utilities, investment companies and other businesses that are required by state law to surrender inactive accounts to the state. The accounts are known as lost, abandoned or unclaimed funds.
The Office of the state comptroller serves as custodian of the money. Residents are required to prove that they are entitled to the money, according to DiNapoli’s website. Unclaimed money is used for the state’s general funds. DiNapoli estimated that the state has $12 billion in unclaimed funds.