July 26, 2013

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $1 Million in FEMA Funding for Debris Removal for Hempstead Sanitary District No. 1 After Superstorm Sandy

Superstorm Sandy Resulted in Hazardous Debris Deposits on Roads and in Neighborhoods Across Towns of Lawrence, Cedarhurst, Woodmere, Inwood, Hewlett, Lynbrook, and Valley Stream

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $1,144,833 of Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Public Assistance funding for the Hempstead Sanitary District No. 1 which will reimburse the costs for debris removal operations as a result of Superstorm Sandy. Sanitary District No. 1 in the Town of Hempstead covers the Long Island towns of Lawrence, Cedarhurst, Woodmere, Inwood, Hewlett, Lynbrook, and Valley Stream.

“Superstorm Sandy wreaked significant damage throughout the Town of Hempstead, requiring a massive cleanup effort,” said Schumer. “This federal reimbursement for debris cleanup is critical in making sure that Long Islanders are not entirely on the hook for these expenses and I am pleased that this funding is being provided.”

“This federal funding will provide much needed relief for families and businesses in the Town of Hempstead impacted by Superstorm Sandy,” Senator Gillibrand said. “It is critical that Long Island communities have the necessary resources on the ground to recover and rebuild.”

Superstorm Sandy brought strong winds and heavy rains to the New York tri-state area, resulting in downed trees, scattered vegetative debris and other materials strewn throughout busy roadways. Debris was deposited onto public rights of ways, streets, and public access areas throughout the County that posed an immediate threat to public safety and therefore, needed to be removed and disposed of.

FEMA has awarded the Hempstead Sanitary District No. 1 $1,144,833 million in funds to reimburse them for the removal, hauling, and disposal of an estimated 10,764 tons of disaster-related debris resulting from Superstorm Sandy.