Hempstead Town Extends Fee Waiver Period on Passports, Birth Certificates, Other Documents for Victims of Hurricane Sandy

Sometimes, it’s the little things that really matter. As residents bring in the heavy equipment to remove debris and rebuild their homes in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, Supervisor Kate Murray and the Hempstead Town Board have extended a temporary moratorium on Town Clerk fees for replacement of important documents like birth certificates, death certificates, marriage licenses and passports.

“Hurricane Sandy destroyed more than bricks and mortar. Many residents lost passports, birth certificates, marriage licenses, death certificates and other vital paperwork,” stated Murray. “We are proud to help our neighbors during this difficult time by extending the waiving of Town Clerk fees through June 1, 2013.”

The Town Board first authorized the waiving of Town Clerk fees in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Sandy and, with many residents still struggling, voted to extend them to June 1, 2013.

Those who wish to obtain copies of lost records should visit the Town Clerk’s office, located on the 1st floor at 1 Washington Street in Hempstead. Residents will be asked to submit a brief affidavit, indicating their home address and identifying which documents were lost.

For more information, please contact the Office of the Town Clerk at (516) 489-5000 ext. 3046.