Supervisor Kate Murray and Sr. Councilman Anthony Santino are pleased to announce that the New York Rising Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery Funding has approved the Town of Hempstead’s request for $200,000 in funding for the Oceanside community affected by widespread flooding caused by Superstorm Sandy. Although over two years have passed since the superstorm devastated areas throughout the Town of Hempstead, for communities affected, the rebuilding process continues.
The New York Rising Community Reconstruction Program was created to provide additional rebuilding and revitalization assistance to communities severely damaged by Hurricanes Sandy and Irene and Tropical Storm Lee. There are six communities within the Town of Hempstead that have been recognized as the most affected communities within the state of New York. The Town of Hempstead has filed the claim on behalf of the Oceanside community.
“Hempstead Town has been aggressive in pursuing aid to mitigate additional financial impact for residents who have been tragically victimized by Hurricane Sandy,” stated Supervisor Murray. “We wanted the cost of these projects to not fall directly on the taxpayers, and the New York Rising Community Reconstruction Program has made this possible.”
This funding will aide in developing a Comprehensive Master Drainage Plan and Study for the NY Rising Community Reconstruction area of Oceanside to address the widespread flooding from Superstorm Sandy. This project will produce a strategy for drainage infrastructure upgrades to answer unmet recovery needs, and ensure a flood-protected community. The plan will map flood reduction projects that, when implemented, will restore functioning public infrastructure and limit storm damage to public and private properties.
“We are grateful that the New York Rising Community Reconstruction Program is helping the Oceanside community determine infrastructure needs to protect the areas from future flooding,” stated Sr. Councilman Santino.
“The Oceanside community was extremely affected by Hurricane Sandy and it is comforting to know they are receiving much needed assistance to continue to rebuild and mitigate future damage,” concluded Supervisor Murray.