FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 12, 2015
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Town Receives $847k for FEMA Funding for Harbor Hills Park
North Hempstead, NY – North Hempstead Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth announced that the Town last month received $847,000 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for repairs at Harbor Hills Park in Great Neck relating to both flood and wind damages incurred during Superstorm Sandy. Harbor Hills Park is situated on approximately 2.4 acres in the Town of North Hempstead overlooking Little Neck Bay to the West.
Construction that will ensue includes repairing the seawall structure, asphalt parking lot, playground area, dock and pier, facility building and clay tennis courts.
“This FEMA funding will help us restore beautiful Harbor Hills Park to its pre-Superstorm Sandy splendor,” Supervisor Bosworth said. “I thank FEMA for continuing to work with us as well as our partners in Congress for their commitment and advocacy on behalf of our residents.”
“This North Hempstead, park perched by Little Neck Bay, suffered tremendous damage from Superstorm Sandy,” said Senator Charles E. Schumer. “These critical FEMA funds will help restore a favorite neighborhood recreational space and repair a protective seawall structure that will make this area more resilient in future storms.”
“This critical FEMA funding will help provide much needed resources on the ground to facilitate repairs to Harbor Hills Park in Great Neck,” said Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. “Superstorm Sandy devastated our communities and these funds will help rebuild our infrastructure even stronger to keep our communities safe and better prepared for when the next storm hits.”
“This funding will go a long way in the continued effort to revitalize the Town of North Hempstead in the wake of Superstorm Sandy,” U.S. Congressman Steve Israel said. “I am proud to work with my partners in government to ensure that these much needed repairs are made to help the community.”
Suzy Shechtman, President of the Harbor Hills Civic Association also lauded the upcoming improvements and said, "The Harbor Hills community appreciates the Town moving forward with capturing FEMA funds which will enable us to repair the damage done to our park by Superstorm Sandy. We are grateful that the Town was able to work successfully with federal representatives to make this happen."
Since Superstorm Sandy, the Town has been approved for 32 projects from FEMA for a total of more than $40 million with 2 projects still pending approval, and 3 more pending submission.
If you have any further questions on Superstorm Sandy related recovery projects, please call 311.
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