Hempstead Town Responds to First 2017 Winter Storm: Continues Plowing Operations, Announces Program Cancellations

Hempstead Town Supervisor Anthony J. Santino has been traveling roadways throughout the township, overseeing snow removal operations along local streets. The Supervisor has requested that residents remove cars from local roadways and has asked that travel be limited during periods of heavy snowfall. 

“Our crews have already spread the town’s new ice-melting brine solution on roadways,” said Santino. “And, plow operators are working hard to keep streets safe and passable.”

Santino noted that this winter storm has given the town an opportunity to use its roadway brine de-icing system for the first time.  The system utilizes a saltwater solution, which is more effective in melting snow and less costly when compared to traditional rock salt.  Additionally, brine can be applied to streets up to 48 hours in advance of snowfall, which allowed the town to get a jump on the snowstorm, which was particularly important since snow accumulations began at the height of rush hour. Traditional rock salt can only be applied once snow begins to fall since cars tend to scatter the material to the side of the roadway if there is no snow to hold it in place.

Because of hazardous road conditions, town Parks Department programs and activities have been cancelled for Thursday February 9th. Echo Park and Newbridge Ice Arena are also closed.

Town sanitation services, including garbage and recycling pickup, will be suspended for Thursday in order for crews to focus on clearing snow from area streets. Collection will resume on residents’ next scheduled garbage and recycling pickup day. 

All Senior Enrichment programs and transportation are cancelled for Thursday. Shopping transportation originally scheduled for Thursday for Cedarhurst, Oceanside and Uniondale/Merrick Senior Centers and Highlandia Rockville Centre and Highlandia Baldwin will be rescheduled to Friday at the same time. Town Senior Centers remain open.

The Town Clerk’s Senior ID Program at Salisbury Senior Center has been cancelled. The clerk’s office will also suspend its Thursday extended hours and will close at 4:45 p.m.

The Receiver of Taxes’ “Challenging Your Assessment” forums scheduled for 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. at Oceanside Public Library have been cancelled. Tax collections at the satellite tax offices at Rock Hall Museum and Levittown Hall will be suspended for Thursday and resume on Friday. The main tax office at 200 North Franklin Street in Hempstead will suspend its Thursday extended hours and remain open during normal business hours, closing at 4:45 p.m. 

Santino renewed his 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 shovelled or blown from private property onto local roadways. 

“Hempstead Town will be working to keep neighbors safe and roads clear as this winter storm hits our area,” said Santino. “We ask residents to help us by removing cars from roadways and by limiting car travel during peak snowfall periods.”

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