Press Release

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $1 Million in Federal Funding for Village of Hempstead for Cleanup After Superstorm Sandy

May 29, 2013

Long Island, NY – U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten E. Gillibrand today announced that the Village of Hempstead was awarded over $1 million in Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Public Assistance funding to reimburse them for cost of debris removal in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.

“Superstorm Sandy wreaked significant damage in-and-around the village of Hempstead, creating a massive cleanup effort that, in turn, threatened to place a burden on local taxpayers,” said Schumer. “This reimbursement for debris cleanup is critical in making sure that residents of Hempstead are not on the hook entirely for the expenses, and I am pleased to announce this necessary funding.”

“The Village of Hempstead suffered severe damage and its workers, officials and first responders worked tirelessly around the clock removing debris in the aftermath of the storm,” said Gillibrand. “This necessary reimbursement is a critical step forward as we continue to meet Long Island’s needs to recover and rebuild.”

FEMA has awarded $1,042,271 to the Village of Hempstead for debris removal activities associated with rights of way and public property throughout the village. This reimbursement will go towards force account labor, equipment and contract labor which was used to collect and remove 9,540 cubic yards of vegetative debris throughout the village.