Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray has declared a snow emergency as 2014’s first major winter blizzard is bearing down on Long Island. In addition, the town is cancelling its Parks Department and Senior Enrichment programs for Thursday afternoon (January 2nd) and Friday (January 3rd). The township has also opened a dozen warming centers for Thursday, Friday and Saturday as some neighbors may seek refuge from plummeting temperatures. Further, Highway Department crews are on duty with 225 pieces of snow fighting equipment at the ready. Finally, sanitation and recycling pickup for Friday, January 3rd will be cancelled, and collections will occur on the next regularly scheduled date.
Under Town Code, local residents are asked to remove cars from town roadways when a snow emergency is in effect. This provision is intended to clear roads so salters and plows can maintain as wide a path as possible through local streets. In addition, the Supervisor is urging residents to limit car travel during the storm and snow clean-up period.
“With several inches of snow and blizzard conditions being forecast, we are asking homeowners to give us a hand by removing vehicles from the curbside,” Supervisor Murray said. “Hundreds of town workers will do their best to keep local roadways passable. Our employees will be working hard to clear streets from curb to curb, and can only be successful if their path is free of obstacles.
“We would also ask residents to be considerate, asking them NOT to shovel snow from their sidewalks and driveways into the public street. This will keep roadways as clear as possible while reducing the risk of shoveled snow being redeposited into driveways by subsequent plowing operations,” cautioned the Supervisor.
In addition to cancelling Parks Department and Senior Enrichment programs, there will be no transportation services to local senior centers on Friday, January 3rd.
Town snow crews have already salted roadways to address icing conditions as temperatures begin to drop on Thursday evening. At the same time, 225 pieces of snow fighting equipment are ready to plow and move snow at the first signs of accumulation.
Residents who are looking to get warm can visit town warming centers on Friday and Saturday.
The following locations will be open as warming centers from 9:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. on Friday, January 3, 2014 and Saturday, January 4, 2014 (unless otherwise noted):
- Baldwin Senior Center, 1810 North Grand Avenue, Baldwin
- Bellmore Senior Center, 2000 Bellmore Avenue, Bellmore
- Elmont Senior Center, 138 Elmont Road, Elmont
- Franklin Square Senior Center, 1182 Martha Place, Franklin Square
- Green Acres Senior Center, 400 Flower Road, Valley Stream
- Levittown Senior Center, 555 Newbridge Road, Levittown
- Merrick Senior Center, 2550 Clubhouse Road, Merrick (Open Friday only)
- Oceanside Senior Center, 2900 Rockaway Avenue, Oceanside
- Rosa Parks Senior Center, 2 Babylon Turnpike, Roosevelt
- Salisbury Senior Center, 460 Salisbury Park Drive, Westbury
- Uniondale/Hempstead Senior Center, 840 Uniondale Avenue, Uniondale
- Uniondale/Merrick Senior Center, 750 Jerusalem Avenue, Uniondale
- Wantagh Senior Center, 1150 Seamans Neck Road, Wantagh
“Hempstead Town is working to keep neighbors safe and roads clear as this winter storm hits our area,” said Murray. We ask residents to help us by removing cars from roadways and by limited car travel during peak snowfall periods.”