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Town: Update on Tree Damage, Fuel, Power

More than 30,000 calls answered at 311 Call Center.

North Hempstead Supervisor Jon Kaiman sent this Reverse 311 message all Town of North Hempstead residents who have working landlines on Monday at 8 p.m.

Hello this is North Hempstead Town Supervisor Jon Kaiman with the latest storm recovery update:

Hurricane Sandy and Nor’easter Athena, only 10 days apart, left thousands of trees in our roads and tens of thousands of our residents without power. The chief concern of almost all of our residents is the delay in getting power restored to their homes. I can tell you that throughout the last 11 days, town, village, county, state, and federal officials in our town have all been making a constant and intense effort to move the utility towards providing full restoration of power.

The Nor’easter clearly resulted in a setback, yet we still need the utility to get the job done and we need it done now. 

I have spoken to our councilmembers and our mayors and our legislators and our state and federal representatives and we hear the pain and anguish of our residents who are without power.  The Town of North Hempstead will continue our emergency efforts until this job is done and we will continue to do everything possible to provide comfort and aide to those who need it during this period.

I can tell you that we have answered over 30,000 calls in our 311 center and we continue to staff the Points of Distribution (PODs) with water and meals; our warming centers are open every day and we have our Project Independence staff visiting seniors who may be in distress at their homes when requested. 

In terms of tree damage to homes, houses that have been damaged may have licensed contractors make repairs without getting permits first, although you must document the damage and apply for permits subsequently. Our building inspectors are available to assist you, simply call 311. Our highway crews have cleared thousands of trees and continue to cut and move trees once wires are removed by the utility. During this last week we have brought in over 4,000 tons of debris into our solid waste facility and we will continue the process of picking up debris until it is completely cleared.

In regard to fuel, the governor has directed that Nassau and Suffolk Counties as well as the five boroughs in New York City, beginning [Friday] morning at 5 a.m., will adopt an odd/even fuel sales policy. The plan requires gas stations to only fuel cars on which the last digit of the license plate is consistent with the odd or even day of the month. In other words, if your license plate ends with an odd number you can only fuel up on odd numbered days of the month. If your license plate ends with an even number you can only fuel up on an even numbered day of the month.  

Finally, I would like to thank all those in our town who are doing what they can to help others get through this stressful period. 

Again, our 311 call center remains open or you may visit our North Hempstead website or Facebook page for further information.

NH taxed November 10, 2012 at 12:34 AM
The ""NEWS" about Kaiman being on short list for LIPA. Is not true , this so called news is manufactured by the Cable company's News Day to pay back Kaiman for all his favors to the cable company , People are not stupid , after the arrests and the disfunction in his building department Joni Kaiman will be lucky to be appointed the Town dog catcher
NH taxed November 10, 2012 at 12:45 AM
Rep. Steve Israel, D-Huntington, said James Lee Witt, the former director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, should be brought in immediately to oversee the utility. “James Lee Witt came in and fixed the federal response to both Katrina and Rita when no one else could,” Israel said. “He’s been to my district at an Emergency Preparedness forum that I organized. He’s considered no nonsense and a no-red-tape problem solver. He is someone who actually knows how to get the lights on and the fuel flowing. This morning, I asked him if he could come to New York, go into LIPA, and get results. And I’ve asked the governor to bring him in immediately.”
Cathy November 10, 2012 at 01:45 AM
How is it that I still had to wait one hour to get gas today? Wasn't this odd-even days suppose to make things easier? Also, one gas station out of seven in port open!!! How much more longer can this last???
Rick Ueland November 10, 2012 at 04:20 AM
Boy, this crew can't even get a photo opp right! Take a look at the picture - most of the people in it appear to be either bored or asleep. Maybe they're just tired of hearing Kaiman pontificate about how well he's done!

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