Town Of Hempstead Supervisor Laura Gillen Opens 'One-Stop Shop' For Residents Rebuilding After Superstorm Sandy

Issued by: Town of Hempstead, Office of Supervisor Laura Gillen

- Hundreds of Homeowners to Benefit from Streamlined Permitting and Application Process in Town of Hempstead -

(Supervisor Laura Gillen and Clerk Sylvia Cabana Unveil the Town’s New Residential Assistance Program)

(HEMPSTEAD, NY) April 19, 2018 -  Town of Hempstead Supervisor Laura Gillen announced a new, on-site residential assistance program that will provide a ‘one-stop shop’ experience for hundreds of local homeowners that are still struggling to apply for permits and submit designs for rebuilding their homes after Superstorm Sandy.

Supervisor Gillen announced the program in the Town’s Communications Office, which was reconfigured to host staff from the Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery. Beginning Monday, April 23rd, this staff will be on hand to assist the approximately 1,000 homeowners that are still seeking to rebuild, or are currently rebuilding but require ongoing services.

Town officials are anticipating a surge in applications for permits before a critical April 1, 2019 NY Rising Housing Recovery Program deadline is reached and homeowners are no longer eligible to receive funding.

“Homeowners still trying to rebuild are racing against the clock. There are still residents who need to be served,” said Supervisor Laura Gillen “The Town of Hempstead is thrilled to provide this resource to our residents who deserve a full and final recovery. We thank the Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery for providing the needed personnel to assist our local homeowners.”

Staff will be able to provide recovering homeowners with on-site technical assistance, including review of permit applications and design documents for deficiencies or conformance with the Town's Building Department, and will work to expedite ongoing permits and applications by working directly with the Town of Hempstead Building Department, located just across the hall. 

“We’re looking to cut the red tape and help residents finally rebuild,” said Gillen. “Having these two agencies work side-by-side will mean residents can get approvals quicker and into their new and improved homes sooner.”

Last month, the Hempstead Town Board passed a resolution waiving Building Department permit fees and Clerk fees for document replacement for residents who are continuing to repair and reconstruct their homes from damage caused by Superstorm Sandy.

According to the resolutions, building department and board of appeals fees will be waived for Sandy-related structural repairs, along with fees to the town clerk’s office to replace documents such as birth certificates, death certificates, marriage licenses and passports lost during the storm.

“In the Clerk’s office, we recognize that many Town of Hempstead residents are still suffering from Sandy,” said Town Clerk Sylvia Cabana. “We’ve decided to waive fees for any vital records that need to be replaced from the storm in order to help and assist our neighbors as much as possible.”

“The road to recovery has been far too long for far too many,” said Gillen. “But today, we are here to say that the finish line is in sight, and the Town of Hempstead is here to help in whatever way we can.”