Supervisor Kate Murray and Senior Councilman Anthony J. Santino announced that Hempstead Town has reached an inter-municipal agreement with the Village of Island Park that will help the Sandy-battered community rebuild, while also enhancing emergency response efforts in the event of a major storm in the future.
According to the agreement, the Town of Hempstead will provide the necessary vehicles and equipment for the total demolition and debris removal of Island Park’s Village Hall, which incurred serious damage during Superstorm Sandy. The agreement also authorizes the Town of Hempstead to utilize the Village of Island Park’s parking lots for storage and staging of town equipment and vehicles in the event of an emergency.
“This partnership provides our lovely waterside community of Island Park with an important boost as it continues to rebuild from the devastation caused by Sandy,” Murray said. “What’s more, the agreement provides the Town with a crucial staging area that will certainly enhance our response to emergency situations in the future.”
“We’ll continue to do what we can to assist our Sandy-battered communities like Island Park, while also reinforcing our ability to respond to emergencies,” Santino added.
“The Village of Island Park is eager to continue working with Hempstead Town for the benefit of our mutual constituents,” said Island Park Mayor Michael McGinty. “This type of governmental cooperation saves taxpayers money and provides for truly efficient delivery of services.”
The agreement grants Hempstead Town with access to a total of three of the village’s parking lots in the event of an emergency.
“Through this agreement, we’re helping Island Park recover and rebuild by knocking down Village Hall, while also preparing for what the future may bring,” Murray concluded.