Written by Wendy Kreitzman Saturday, 21 December 2013 00:00
If you live in New Hyde Park and your house was damaged in Superstorm Sandy, you may still be eligible for government grants from New York Rising. Even if you have received storm damage repair money already (following paperwork and inspections) you might still be able to acquire additional funding, if you total repair work is above any grants or loans already received. The total amount an individual may receive (from any sources (FEMA, insurance and SBA loans) is $300,000.
According to Jon Kaiman, a special advisor to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s New York Rising storm recovery project, as of mid-October, 4400 applications have already been filed for Long Island, with three-quarters of these applications from Nassau County.
Kaiman, the former Town of North Hempstead supervisor, stepped down a few months ago in order to take this position, as well as the position as president of NIFA (Nassau County Interim Finance Authority). With New York Rising, he deals primarily with storm recovery on Long Island.
As for local municipal assistance, especially for New Hyde Park, Kaiman said that some of these monies will flow to the area. At one point, New Hyde Park expected reimbursements of $650,000 from costs incurred during Sandy.
Money is also available to building departments of villages and to the town to assist residents. For a damaged home, a building department could receive funds for assisting with storm recovery building permits, to ease the additional burden on the departments.
Kaiman explained the paperwork and inspections involved in collecting money, and he noted that the funding “tends to be on the lower side.” The funds are to “help people get back in,” providing basics but not funding luxury items. “Over a billion dollars in recovery funds is expected to be sent out,” he said.
Kaiman said that he expects New York Rising to continue accepting applications for storm recovery funds until early in 2014.
Kaiman also noted that requests for funds could also result in New York Rising buying, at pre-storm value, a damaged home that they believe could be storm-damaged again. That home could be rebuilt and storm-proof improvements made, and then the house would be sold. New York Rising will help people back into their homes by paying mortgages for up to 20 months.
As for villages, Kaiman said he believes that the state will cover the 10 percent of storm recovery costs not covered by FEMA. The agency had previously gone from reimbursing 75 percent of municipal recovery costs to 90 percent reimbursement.
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One fortunate New Hyde Park resident was rescued from the freezing cold on Tuesday, Feb. 25 thanks to Dr. Julia Harmon, DVM, of the New Hyde Park Animal Hospital. That night, at approximately 8 p.m., Harmon was going to her car after work when she saw Spike, a wandering bulldog near Brooklyn Avenue, one block from the vet’s office on Jericho Turnpike.
Harmon immediately brought Spike, who was not wearing a collar and did not have a microchip implanted for identification, back to the vet’s office. The temperature outside was already at 31 degrees, but felt like 20 degrees with the windchill. Luckily Spike was
brought in from the cold early; temperatures dropped down to 25 degrees that night.
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The New Hyde Park-Garden City Park Board of Education talked finalizing the budget for the 2014-15 school year at its work session meeting on Monday, Feb. 24. The budget will be unveiled at the March 10 meeting.
Talks at the work session centered around what is or isn’t changing next year, and the board announced that they’re dealing with a “maintenance of effort” budget that will retain all current programs and non-mandated activities. Class sizes are expected to average about 21 students.
“Yes, we are status quo for the upcoming year, and this is a great achievement. It’s an amazing feat compared to the rest of the state,” Vice President Patricia Rudd said.
Thursday, 06 March 2014 00:00
New Hyde Park Michael Castelli recently participated in the 32nd Black Belt Graduation at Charles Water Karate & Fitness, located at 122 Hillside Ave. in Williston Park. He graduated to first-degree black belt.
“Our studio teaches students how to defend themselves responsibly while instilling self-confidence, self-discipline and respect for others,” says Grandmaster Charles Water, owner and director of the school.
Students tested in October, successfully passed their exam recently and received their black belt certificates. “Who says that the youth of America are not committed? A healthy life style at the karate studio, mentally and physically is alive, well and working,” said Water.
Thursday, 06 March 2014 00:00
After missing the playoffs two straight years, the Sewanhaka Indians Boys lacrosse team will face tougher odds if it hopes to advance to postseason play in 2014.
The Indians, who start their season March 24 at Oyster Bay, will be playing out of Section 8, Nassau Conference II (Class B) this year; a bump up from their usual spot in Nassau Conference III (Class C). Typically, the schools are divided by enrollment.
“There are no gimmies in this league,” said nine-year coach Peter Burgess. “We were the last team to make this league in terms of population. They kind of drew the line below us. So we’re the smallest school in the league.”
Burgess said another obstacle for the Indians will be facing teams that they have no experience playing before.