In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, the Village of Lynbrook supplied much needed relief to its neighboring communities of East Rockaway and Bay Park.
East Rockaway Mayor Francis T. Lenahan Jr. and Deputy Mayor Bruno Romano were in attendance at the Lynbrook Board of Trustees meeting Monday night at village hall to thank the board for its help and present it with a certificate of recognition.
“I want every resident of this village to realize that we owe a debt of gratitude to your village for coming to our aid,” Lenahan said to the board and those in attendance. “We just had to reach out and you guys were there.”
The communities of East Rockaway and Bay Park, especially areas south of Main Street, were devastated by the hurricane. According to Lenahan, water levels reached heights of up to 11 feet above normal.
Both Lenahan and Romano were especially thankful towards Superintendent of Public Works Phil Healey and the Lynbrook Department of Public Works for their help in cleaning up and removing garbage in the neighborhoods post-Sandy.
Refuse and sanitation became a big issue for the community after the storm, as residents had 10 to 12 foot heaps of garbage and debris piled up outside of their homes, creating a scene that looked like a “war zone,” according to Lenahan.
“Most of [the residents] really were very disturbed by this hurricane,” Romano said. “They all thanked us continuously for removing the garbage and that’s a tribute to this wonderful village and your staff here.”
Lynbrook Mayor William J. Hendrick assured the communities that the village will continue to be there to further assist them in the future.
The department of public works was commended again later in the meeting for the success of the village’s recycling program.
Healey reported that many businesses are getting involved in the program. In the past two months, the biggest growth in cardboard and paper recycling has been amongst businesses.
In order to accommodate the increased participation, the department has added a second commercial pick up day. The extra day will result in another eight tons a day of recycled materials, according to Healey.