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Village Continues Hurricane Clean-Up Efforts

Cavallaro says village will waive certain storm-related building department fees

Westbury Mayor Peter Cavallaro announced that as the Village of Westbury continues to clean up after Hurricane Sandy and the nor’easter, the village board has decided to waive certain building department fees related to storm repairs.

“Our DPW crews and staff have worked tirelessly, and we thank them, for their efforts in getting our village back to normal. We have much more work to do to clean up remaining debris, replace or repair lost or damaged street signs and do all of the other things that are necessary to repair damage and return to normal,” the mayor said. 

Cavallaro noted that hundreds of village trees, some on houses and cars, were required to be removed, while all village roads were open and all trees on houses removed within days of Sandy.

The mayor said that the village wants to make the repair process as easy as possible for residents who suffered storm-related damage, and so the village will waive building department fees associated with restoration or repair work that is necessitated by the storms.

“The village wants to assist homeowners in their efforts to repair their homes. We will be expediting the review process for storm-related repairs, and we will waive any building permit fees and other fees associated with storm-related work,” the mayor added.

Cavallaro indicated that the waiver would include fees associated with the installation of a generator by homeowners seeking to prevent the loss of power in future storm events.

The mayor said that while fees are normally charged for things such as construction or renovation work, it would not be appropriate to charge residents for such fees for repairs necessitated by the recent storms.

He and the village board understand the frustration that residents had with respect to the delays in power restoration in the aftermath of Sandy, Cavallaro noted. He reiterated that the village was in constant contact with LIPA to assure that as many crews and other assets were dedicated to the village as was appropriate.

“We did everything that we could to make sure that Westbury was not overlooked in the restoration process,” the mayor remarked.