Approaching the anniversary of an historic super storm that ravaged neighborhoods and carved a path of destruction through entire communities, Hempstead Town is extending a helping hand to the many residents still in the recovery process.
“Ten months after Hurricane Sandy, the rate of regional recovery has been phenomenal, but many people remain in a rebuilding mode, and we will not turn our back or diminish our support for those who need us,” commented Supervisor Kate Murray.
To ease the cost of renovating homes and replacing documents, the town is extending the moratorium on Building Department permit fees and Town Clerk issued certificates, licenses and passports. Originally adopted mere days after Sandy’s devastating visit last October 29th, the legislation has been periodically extended and the most recent renewal continues the waiver period through December 31st.
“Nearly a year since Sandy stormed through town, we are continuing to offer a helping hand to those people still struggling to rebuild their lives and restore their possessions,” added Supervisor Murray. “In difficult times like these, government should be an ally not an adversary. As long as residents need our assistance, we will be there for them, sharing our resources and extending our cooperation.”
In the Building Department, all town fees are waived for Sandy-related structural repairs that confirm to original dimensions and specifications, commonly referred to as “in-kind” repairs/replacement. Additionally, all town fees have been waived for temporary housing trailers and storage pods during construction. Furthermore, the town has eliminated a requirement for homeowners to obtain a variance prior to increasing their home’s foundation to comply with FEMA flood height standards.
In the Office of the Town Clerk, residents who lost important documents during Hurricane Sandy such as certificates and passports will not have to pay the town fees for replacement copies.
Though appointments are not necessary, town residents planning to visit the Building Department on Sandy related issues are urged to call ahead of time at (516) 812-3073 to minimize waiting-times. Information relative to Town Clerk matters can be obtained at (516) 489-5000, ext. 3046.