Councilman Santino, Building Department to Hold Baldwin/South Hempstead Meeting Focusing on Post-Hurricane Sandy Information

Hempstead Town Senior Councilman Anthony Santino and the town Building Department will be holding a Baldwin/South Hempstead Town Hall Meeting to help residents impacted by the devastation left by Hurricane Sandy. The meeting will be held on Thursday, December 6, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. at Baldwin Middle School (3211 Schreiber Place, Baldwin).

The town has streamlined the building permitting process and waived fees for residents of unincorporated areas who are seeking to rebuild or make repairs to storm-battered homes.

“Though nearly a month has passed since Hurricane Sandy left a path of destruction in its wake, many town residents are still struggling to rebuild their homes and get back to their daily lives,” said Santino. “The Town of Hempstead has taken numerous steps to help homeowners along the difficult path to recovering from this powerful storm.”

The town Building Department is waiving all permit fees for “in-kind” storm-related structural repairs and temporary housing trailers within the unincorporated areas of Hempstead Town. And, the town is waiving building variance requirements for residents (within unincorporated areas of the township) who want to rebuild their homes at higher elevations to meet FEMA flood standards.

What’s more, the town dispatched work crews throughout the township to remove trees and debris from the streets; made extra trips to communities to pick up garbage; went door-to-door to distribute food, water, clothing and cleaning supplies to residents; opened free warming and shower locations for residents displaced by the hurricane; and, recently partnered with a local school district to host an informative seminar to demonstrate how to properly sanitize once-flooded homes and safely remove damaged walls, flooring and other building materials.

“All Baldwin and South Hempstead residents are urged to attend this Town Hall Meeting on December 6th to help become informed on all the assistance that is available to them during this difficult time,” concluded Santino.