Santino Responds To Major Winter Storm: Snow Removal Continues, Town Programs Cancelled

Hempstead Town Supervisor Anthony J. Santino has been traveling roadways throughout the township, overseeing snow removal operations along local streets.  The Supervisor has declared a State of Emergency, requesting residents to remove cars from local roadways and asking neighbors to limit travel to emergencies only.  Santino also cautioned residents that roadways are extremely slippery, and blizzard conditions can make driving treacherous.  Because of these hazardous conditions, town Parks Department and ANCHOR programs and registrations have been cancelled for Saturday and Sunday, January 23rd and 24th. Echo Park and Newbridge Ice Arena are closed on Saturday, January 23rd. Furthermore, town Civil Service exams scheduled for Saturday, January 23rd, are cancelled and will be rescheduled.  All Senior Enrichment programs and transportation are cancelled for Monday, January 25th.  A Monday, January 25th meeting of the Town Village Aircraft Safety & Noise Abatement Committee (TVASNAC) has been cancelled. 

"The Hempstead Town snow team has been out in force, deploying salt spreaders prior to the first sign of snow, following up with the activation of snow plows along town roadways,” said Santino.  “At the same time, we request that neighbors remove cars from local roadways so that snow removal crews can effectively clear roads for the safety of residents.”

The Town Supervisor declared a State of Emergency yesterday, which remains in force. Accordingly, Santino renewed a previous call for residents to remove cars from local roads as the town’s snow removal operation continues.  Snowplows can do a more effective job of clearing streets curb-to-curb when vehicles are not restricting full-street access. Further, the Supervisor has advised neighbors who are clearing snow from sidewalks and driveways to place snow on their property.  Under no circumstances should snow be shoveled or blown from private property onto local roadways. 

“We request that neighbors do not place snow from sidewalks and driveways onto local roads,” said the Supervisor.  “Doing so creates dangerous conditions and is a violation of local law.” 

The Supervisor cautioned residents to not over exert themselves when removing snow from sidewalks, as the storm has dumped a large blanket of snow, which can be exhausting to shovel.  High winds also can make the task more challenging. 

For up-to-date information, residents can visit the Town of Hempstead website at www.TOH.LI