Supervisor Kate Murray today met with HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan, Chairman of the Federal Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force, and advocated for additional federal assistance to help tens of thousands of residents in Hempstead Town impacted by Hurricane Sandy.
Murray’s one-on-one conversation with Donovan occurred at the first meeting of the Task Force’s Advisory Group, held at the Ted Weiss Federal Building in New York City. Additionally, Murray met with several key officials representing areas that, like Hempstead Town, were also severely impacted by Sandy. Those officials included Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, Long Beach City Council President Scott Mandel and Long Beach City Manager Jack Schnirman.
“I will continue to fight for a fair share of federal funding to assist Hempstead Town neighbors who continue to rebuild from the devastation left behind by Sandy,” Murray said. “Advocating for Hempstead Town, which was hit especially hard, is an ongoing priority for me as supervisor of America’s largest township. I was pleased to meet with HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan and look forward to future meetings of the Advisory Group.”
The Federal Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force, established through a presidential executive order, is charged with providing the coordination necessary to support the objectives of the rebuilding effort. Murray is a member of the Advisory Group, which comprises state, local and tribal officials to advise the Task Force on strategic measures related to Federal Sandy rebuilding efforts.
Since Sandy severely damaged Hempstead Town’s shoreline communities, Murray established several helpful programs and initiatives for residents as they rebuild their homes and restore their lives. Among those projects, Murray directed the Building Department to waive fees for Sandy-related structural home repairs that conform to original dimensions and specifications, commonly referred to as “in-kind” repairs and replacements.
“We are doing our part at the town level to assist Sandy victims during this difficult time,” Murray said. “I will do my best to gain additional federal assistance that our residents need and deserve as they recover.”