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Martins Restores Some Lost Grants

Nearly Half of $8.5 Million in Lost Grants Restored to 7th Senate District

Over $4.7 million in previously lost grants to the seventh senate district have been restored. The total grant amount was $8.5 million.

The Village of Mineola may be getting back close to $1 million in grants from New York State, most of which will go toward flood mitigation on the boarder of Mineola and Carle Place.

State Senator Jack Martins (R-Mineola), has reportedly been able to obtain $800,000 in funds to mitigate flooding issues near Bruce Terrace according to the Mineola Village Board and Martins himself.

“Hopefully soon that issue will be addressed and those residents will see some relief,” Mayor Scott Strauss said during a recent board of trustees meeting at village hall.

Also restored will be grants to pay for roofs at village hall and the fire department headquarters. “So far he’s gotten $100,000 restored,” Strauss said of Martins’ efforts.

The amount is half of the original $200,000 grant from former Senator Craig Johnson. The grant money was repealed following Martins’ defeat of Johnson in the 2010 election. The repeal was cited by the legislature as having to do with spending cuts.

Martins was also able to restore about $250,000 in funds to the Mineola School District as well as $150,000 in aid earlier this year to renovate science labs in Mineola High School and Mineola Middle School.

The East Williston School District spent approximately $200,000 to renovate its north side playground and track as well as drainage and parking lot repairs.

An official announcement with exact figures from Martins’ office was released this month. Martins recently discussed the flood mitigation in a sit-down interview at Anton Newspapers.

“The monies for the flooding have been approved which was done at the very end of session,” Martins said. “Each one of the [affected] communities had been given $800,000. It’ll be expedited and I think it’ll move very quickly now.”

Martins said he spoke with Town of North Hempstead officials, village and Nassau County officials about the situation. Further updates are unknown at this time.

Concerning the rest of the grants in the district, Martins stated many villages, school districts and not-for-profits were promised money from the prior administration and went ahead and spent the funds in anticipation that the money would be there at a later date.

“For example, Herricks School District spent money redoing façade work on their building,” Martins said. “They called to find out if the money was there and was guaranteed. Two months later, the money was pulled.”

“The grants were pulled,” he said. “So it was my job to go out there and remind people that these aren’t new grants; these are commitments to people and many of these decisions had been made by the local communities with the assurances that the money would be there,” Martins said.

Most of the grants had a minimum threshold of $250,000, according to Martins. However, certain grants faced other issues.

“The problem is, as they handed out those grants, the $100,000 grants require waivers,” Martins said. “And you think you’d get your waivers at the time they issued the grant to make sure all of your hurdles had been overcome so that you [the legislator] can make a commitment to your local community. They didn’t do that.”

7th Senate District Grant Restorations

Below is a list of grants that have been restored to the seventh senate district:

Carle Place Union Free School District

  • $150,000 (Asbestos Abatement)

East Williston Union Free School District   

  • $100,000 (Renovation to the North Side Playground)

East Williston Union Free School District   

  • $100,000 (Wheatley Track renovation, North Side drainage and parking lot repairs)

Elmont Union Free School District   

  • $100,000 (Creation of Mathematics and Science Research Lab)

Floral Park-Bellerose Union Free School District   

  • $150,000 (Renovations to classrooms and replacement of flooring)

Village of Floral Park   

  • $100,000 (Reconstruction of roadway)

Franklin Square Union Free School District   

  • $100,000 (Renovations of gymnasium and installation of security fencing)

Friends of the Sands Point Preserve   

  • $100,000 (Renovation of greenhouse and cow/dairy barn)

Great Neck Union Free School District   

  • $100,000 (Renovations to North High School and JFK School including purchase of new furniture)

Town of Hempstead   

  • $100,000 (Streetscape improvements to include construction, engineering and architectural services on Jericho Turnpike in Bellerose Terrace)

Herricks Union Free School District   

  • $150,000 (Renovation of Façade)

Manhasset Union Free School District   

  • $100,000 (Improvements and upgrades to the studio art room)

Mineola Union Free School District   

  • $150,000 (Renovation to the Science Labs at Mineola High School and Middle School)

Incorporated Village of Mineola   

  • $100,000 (Replacement of the roofing for the emergency management facilities complex)

New Hyde Park-Garden City Park School District    

  • $150,000 (Renovations and upgrades to four schools in the district)

Village of New Hyde Park   

  • $100,000 (Renovation of the Marcus Gill Theatre and Youth Center)

Village of Plandome Fire Department   

  • $100,000 (Facility Improvements)

Village of Port Washington North   

  • $150,000 (Reconstruction of Pleasant Avenue Roadway and Sidewalks)

Roslyn Union Free School District   

  • $100,000 (Renovations to the high school cafeteria)

Westbury Union Free School District   

  • $150,000 (Renovations to Biology Rooms #125 and #127 at Westbury High School)

Incorporated Village of Mineola   

  • *$800,000

Nassau County   

  • *$800,000

Town of North Hempstead  

  •  *$800,000

*These three grants were all allocated to flood mitigation.