Supervisor Kate Murray and Councilman Bruce Blakeman 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 $1,700,000 in funding to restore the natural shoreline in South Valley Stream. Although over two years have passed since Superstorm Sandy 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 South Valley Stream 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 to make sure that the cost of these projects did not fall directly on the taxpayers, and the New York Rising Community Reconstruction Program has made that possible.”
This project would restore the shoreline along Valley Stream at the end of Cloverfield Road North to Mill Road, adjacent to a pedestrian greenway known as “The Path.” Construction will include terracing the pathway with natural sloped shoreline, restoring littoral zone habits, improving open spaces and possibly removing abutments to the former pedestrian bridge at Cloverfield Road North.
“The restoration of the natural shoreline in South Valley Stream is a project that we are all very excited to see approved,” said Councilman Blakeman. “Thanks to the New York Rising Community Reconstruction Program, this project is possible and will not be a burden to the taxpayers.”
“The South Valley Stream 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.