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Sandy Damage Funds Available

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.


News

Five New Hyde Park Memorial High School students won $5,000 cash and will share a $10,000 college scholarship after winning Nassau County’s annual Comptroller’s Entrepreneurial Challenge on April 9 to conceive the best business plan to redevelop the Nassau Coliseum.

 

Two hundred business students from high schools across Nassau County competed for scholarships and cash awards—more than $33,000 in all.

Two New Hyde Park business men were arrested on Tuesday, April 8 for underreporting gross sales, Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice announced. 

 

DA Rice said Gerard Losquadro, 61 of Garden City and Charles DiMarino, 48, of East Norwich, as the former and current owner, respectively, of New Hyde Park Auto Body Works, failed to remit $149,936.65 in sales tax collected from customers to the New York State

Department of Taxation and Finance from Sept. 1, 2009 to May 31, 2013, according to the DA’s office. 


Sports

Sewanhaka’s boys lacrosse coach Peter Burgess has one rule when it comes to his goalies: make the saves that you’re supposed to make. 

 

Luckily for Burgess, senior Jake Mellen does that and more. 

 

“Once or twice a game he’ll make a save that no one’s supposed to make,” Burgess said. “I’ll look over to my assistant coach and say, ‘Wow, that was a special play right there’”

 

For three years, Mellen has been making those kind of spectacular saves for the Indians as the starting goalie. Before his senior season started, he was voted captain by his teammates and coaches. 

Coaching to some can be measured by wins and losses. But New Hyde Park’s head baseball coach Doug Robins measures his success through the success of his players, on and off the field. 

 

Robins has coached the Gladiators varsity baseball team since 1999 and made the playoffs 10 out of those 15 seasons. His teams have finished in second place in their league twice. 

 

Despite his teams on field success, Robins goal is to help his players succeed and receive the opportunity to play college ball. 


Calendar

Exercise Class - April 16

Kids Eat Free At Applebees - April 20

School Board Meeting - April 22


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