Supervisor Kate Murray announced today that the Town of Hempstead is currently distributing coats, clothing, blankets and other supplies at Oceanside Park (3800 Mahlon Brower Drive, Oceanside) and Newbridge Road Park (2600 Newbridge Road, Bellmore) to residents affected by Hurricane Sandy.
“As many residents are still without power, it is imperative that we provide these resources to help people in need of assistance,” stated Murray. “I encourage all residents affected by Hurricane Sandy to come to Oceanside Park or Newbridge Road Park for coats, blankets, clothing and other supplies.”
As town employees work to help people out in hard-hit areas, Supervisor Murray has also organized a collection drive for additional coats, clothing, blankets and other hurricane-relief items; collection bins are currently stationed at Hempstead Town Hall (1 Washington Street, Hempstead), Echo Park (399 Nassau Boulevard, West Hempstead) and Levittown Hall (201 Levittown Parkway, Hicksville).
The Town of Hempstead also has been responding to the crisis by helping to distribute food and water to residents, clearing trees that have fallen into roadways, and making additional pickups of garbage and storm debris. The town has also waived building permit fees for residents making storm-related repairs to their homes. Finally, Supervisor Murray and Receiver of Taxes Donald Clavin have called on Governor Andrew Cuomo to authorize an extension of the November 13th school property tax deadline; the governor has indicated that his office is receptive to the idea.
What’s more, the town has opened 13 warming centers for residents impacted by the hurricane; a listing of the locations is available on the town’s website (www.TOH.LI). In addition, Echo Park Indoor Pool and Athletic Complex, located at 399 Nassau Boulevard in West Hempstead, will be accessible to residents seeking warm showers. The facility will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
“I urge all town residents to do whatever they can do help our neighbors through this difficult time,” concluded Murray. “Together, we will recover and rebuild our community.”