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New York State Awards North Hempstead Over $2.4 Million

Immediate Release                                                                     Contact: Justin Meyers

October 24, 2006                                                                                 (516) 869-7794

New York State Awards North Hempstead Over $2.4 Million
In Funding for Environmental Projects

Manhasset, NY – Supervisor Jon Kaiman and the North Hempstead Town Council announced that New York State has awarded North Hempstead more then $2.4 million in Environmental funding for 2006, as part of the States Environmental Protection Fund. The town has been aggressively pursuing State funding and as a result of this North Hempstead has been rewarded with the largest total funding, $2.4 million, and the largest single grant in the state $1.4 million.

“The Towns aggressive pursuit for additional grants and funding is part of an overall effort to consistently keep the Town’s natural resources, attractions, and environment to a standard our citizens can take pride in,” said Supervisor Kaiman. “With this new funding we will be able to protect the character of our neighbourhoods and communities; and help ensure North Hempstead, and its natural resources, remain a beautiful place to live and enjoy for years to come.”

The funding, which is earmarked for seven specific projects in the town, are intended to assist with the revitalization of waterfronts, preserve historic properties, acquire parkland, and protect farmland. The specific dollar amounts for each project are:

· Construction of Roslyn Pond Park Water Quality Improvements-$1,413,902

North Hempstead proposes to implement the remaining elements identified by a completed site reconnaissance report for decreasing non-point pollution in the three interconnected freshwater ponds in Roslyn Pond Park.

· Reconstruction of Manorhaven Beach Boat Ramp-$150,00

This work will result in new public access to Manhasset Bay and the Long Island Sound. This project also compliments work on Bay Walk Park.

· Planning for Long Island Sound Dredged Material Management- $75,000

Intended to develop a dredged material management plan for North Hempstead’s Long Island sound bodies of water. The project will involve identification of areas to be dredged; development of a sediment testing plan; estimation of sediment volumes; evaluation of beneficial re-use options, available processing plants and other technologies.

· Construction of North Sheets Creek Water Quality Improvements-$493,061

Recommendations and the implementation of water quality improvement and shoreline stabilization for North Sheets Creek, in Manorhaven Park on Manhasset Bay, Long Island Sound. Work will include the installation of a series of storm water improvements, bank stabilization and wetlands planting, and drainage.

· Planning and Design for Bar Beach, Hempstead Harbor Beach and Park-$67,000

Planning and design for redevelopment of town-owned Bar Beach a 324-acre county-owned park on Hempstead Harbor. Work will include data collection and analysis of existing conditions; a community design charrette to identify desired uses and site improvements; and preparation of a redevelopment plan that includes design alternatives and an implementation strategy.

· Completion of the North Hempstead Local Waterfront Revitalization Program-$60,000

The Town's coastline includes 31 miles along Long Island Sound, encompassing portions of Little Neck Bay, Manhasset Bay, and Hempstead Harbor. The updated LWRP is intended to assist the town to coordinate decision-making, select appropriate projects, and implement better land management.

· Reconstruction of Bar Beach Boat Ramp-$150,000

Reconstruction of the boat ramp located at Bar Beach Park, situated on the east side of the Port Washington peninsula. This work will result in new public access to Hempstead Harbor and the Long Island Sound. This site is part of the future Blueway Trail throughout Hempstead Harbor.

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