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Senior Town Councilman Anthony Santino reflects on the post-Sandy recovery efforts.

Superstorm Sandy left its menacing mark on our entire community.  Many neighborhoods took the brunt of Sandy’s wrath - fierce winds and a monstrous storm surge.  Residents lost their homes, cars, furniture, and perhaps most importantly, priceless and irreplaceable memories in the form of photos, letters and mementos that took a lifetime to accumulate. Many neighbors also suffered raw sewage coming into their homes through drains and basements.

Virtually all of us lost power for weeks due to the inability – and unpreparedness - of the Long Island Power Authority to adequately prepare for this storm.  The LIPA Board of Trustees, appointed by the Governor, and its management did not only fail to learn any valuable lessons over the past three weather catastrophes, but also fell far short of running an even tangible recovery operation to restore power to more than 1.2 million people on Long Island left in the dark.

However, in the wake of the devastation, our community has banded together like never before, united in our determination to help one another get back on our feet and rebuild.            

Throughout this crisis, our community and all of the Town of Hempstead have really shown what we are made of.  From neighbors helping neighbors, to first responders and municipal employees forsaking their own homes and family emergencies to man their posts and provide crucial government services, this was unquestionably one of our community’s finest times.

My office logged hundreds of hours responding to every constituent concern that was brought to my attention.  Every phone call, letter, e-mail and yes, even Facebook message and wall post I received was promptly responded to – either with direct answers or by making contact with the proper agency outside of town government that could assist.             

While not nearly all-inclusive, here are some particularly noteworthy examples of dedication that deserve our thanks: 

  • The chiefs and members of our Fire Departments
  • Our auxiliary police
  • The dedicated workers of County and Village Departments of Public Works
  • Town of Hempstead Sanitation and Highway Departments
  • The officers of the Nassau County Police 1st and 4th Precincts
  • The rank-and-file workers of LIPA who helped clear the trees and restored the power (while LIPA’s management proved itself inept and dysfunctional, the rank and file worker did a great job under horrible conditions)
  • The electrical workers who traveled from around the country to assist us in our hour of need
  • Andour community’s houses of worship nd non-profit groups that were organizing relief efforts from virtually the moment that Sandy pushed across Long Island.

Our community was knocked down, but not out, by Sandy.  Working together, as neighbors and friends, we will be back better and stronger than ever before.  I remain dedicated to seeing this through, in order to make things right.  Feel free to contact me at 516-812-3200 or via e-mail at asantino@tohmail.org if I can aid you, your family or neighbors

-Anthony Santino, Senior Hempstead Town Councilman

Gary Port November 20, 2012 at 07:33 PM
And it is a good thing the community did band together, because the Town was MIA.
Felix Procacci November 21, 2012 at 10:30 AM
Everyone, please write Town of Hempstead Supervisor Kate Murray at katemurray@tohmail.org and ask her to donate 75% of the General Services Postage budget (of $2.4 million dollars) to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy, or JUST FORWARD THIS message to katemurray@tohmail.org. Kate Murray currently sends out about 25 mailings per year. See http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nzq67LIQ3dw for more information about Kate's mailings. Ask her to give up some of her mailings to help the residents of the Town of Hempstead that were devastated by Hurricane Sandy. Instead of cutting down trees to make paper for mailings, the Town of Hempstead should use that wood to make houses for the people that lost theirs. Please forward this message to everyone you know. Thanks, Felix Procacci
Felix Procacci November 21, 2012 at 10:35 AM
Resident should also be aware when I proposed to Councilman Santino that the Town of Hempstead donate a portion of Kate Murray's mailing budget to the victims of Hurricane Sandy, he refused to respond, and so did the rest of the Town Board. It is obvious that they care more about maintaining their popularity, USING TAXPAYER MONEY, than they do the victims of a natural disaster.
Dan December 07, 2012 at 12:52 AM
Let me also call Councilman Santino out on some factual issues as well. Besides our governor, State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, a Republican from Rockville Centre, also appoints members to LIPA. To just mention Governor Cuomo in order to associate him with LIPA's problems for political reason is a travesty. I would go as far to say that Councilman Santino owes Governor Cuomo an apology for using his name in in such an unnecessary tone. Second, Governor Cuomo seemed to show more interest in the affects of Sandy than the Town of Hempstead. Residents in, Oceanside, Harbor Isle, East Atlantic Beach, Lido Beach, the 5 Towns, and all other unincorporated areas were forgotten. for 14 days parts of Oceanside have not even seen a Town truck. That's a disgrace. I am currently residing in the Village of Island Park because my home in Long Beach was destroyed and I am annoyed with the Town's response as well. It took the people of Oceanside to band together at a press conference in order for their voices to be heard. The Town of Hempstead really dropped the ball on Superstorm Sandy. My family has lived in the Town of Hempstead for 10 generations and has never seen such incompetency. They know how to knock your doors come campaign season but could not manage to knock on the doors of affected areas. Come election day in 2013, it is our civic duty to hold our elected officials responsible. The residents of those communities will remember the lack of response to Sandy..

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