FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 15, 2016
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North Hempstead Receives Grant to Refurbish Town Pump-Out Boats
North Hempstead, NY – Supervisor Judi Bosworth and the Town Board are pleased to announce that the Town has received two grants from the New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation (EFC) to renovate the Town’s two pre-existing pump-out boats.
The Town’s pump-out boats provide boaters with the ability to empty their waste tank into a holding tank on the pump-out boat. The waste is then taken to the Town Dock and unloaded into the sewer lines. When the waste is poorly treated or dumped incorrectly, it can spread disease, contaminate shellfish beds, and lower oxygen levels in water.
“Through the New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation and the Clean Vessel Act Grant Program, we are able to make much needed renovations to our existing pump-out fleet,” said Supervisor Judi Bosworth. “The Town currently offers free pump-out service to anyone who requests it, and these refurbishments will allow us to be more efficient and help more boaters than ever before!”
The contracts were provided through the Clean Vessel Act Grant Program (CVA), which grants funds for the construction, renovation, operation, and maintenance of pump-out stations and waste reception facilities for recreational boaters. They also grant funds for educational programs that inform boaters of the importance of proper disposal of their sewage.
North Hempstead is receiving $12,000 for refurbishing the two boats, which are currently 5 and 10 years old. The two contracts will help the Town pay for new engines, new fenders, new wrap, and replace one of the pumps, covering 75% of the costs. This will allow the Harbor Patrol to have two boats in operation if needed.
“These funds are so important for us in our efforts to keep Town waters clean,” said Chief Bay Constable Mal Nathan. “I encourage everyone to take advantage of our pump-out services. It’s responsible boating and it’s the law.”
The Town’s pump-out boats are available Thursday through Monday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. until the middle of November. The mounted pump at Town Dock is available 7 days a week, from 8 a.m. to midnight.
Serving over 222,000 people, the Town of North Hempstead’s governing body is headed by the Town Supervisor, Judi Bosworth and six Town Board members: Viviana L. Russell, Peter J. Zuckerman, Angelo P. Ferrara, Anna M. Kaplan, Lee R. Seeman and Dina M. De Giorgio. The Town Clerk is Wayne Wink and the Receiver of Taxes is Charles Berman.
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One of the Town of North
Hempstead’s pump-out boats.