Supervisor Kate Murray together with Councilwomen Dorothy Goosby and Erin King Sweeney 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 $2,000,000 in funding for areas of the Baldwin community affected by the flooding of Milburn Creek and Baldwin Bay 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 Baldwin 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 project would raise bulkheads and elevate approximately 2,215 linear feet of residential roadway along Washington Place, Hayes Place, Van Buren and Jackson Place to protect residents, private properties and public infrastructure from the flooding of Milburn Creek and Baldwin Bay. Roadway construction will include replacing concrete curbs and sidewalks, improving the storm water drainage system, installing check valves at outfalls and reconstructing street-end bulkheads to minimum elevations.
“We are grateful that the New York Rising Community Reconstruction Program is helping the Baldwin community restore and improve damaged areas,” stated Councilwoman Goosby. “In case of another horrible storm, the drainage systems will be better prepared to mitigate damage,” added Councilwoman King Sweeney.
“The Baldwin community was extremely affected by Hurricane Sandy and it is comforting to know they are receiving much needed assistance to continue to rebuild and protect residents from future storms,” concluded Supervisor Murray.