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Constituents Praise Town for Quick, Thorough Snow Removal After Blizzard


For Immediate Release                                                                                                  Media Contacts: Collin Nash and Sid Nathan
Dec. 29, 2010                                                                                                                                                                   (516) 869-7794

Constituents Praise Town for Quick, Thorough Snow Removal After Blizzard

North Hempstead, NY---While communities in New York City struggled to dig out from mountains of snow days after the first major blizzard blanketed the northeast, Supervisor Jon Kaiman and the North Hempstead Town Board announced that the Town’s more than 300 miles of roadways had already been plowed, prompting residents to sing the praises of North Hempstead Highway crews.

“The storm crippled mass transit and forced us to declare a snow emergency,” Supervisor Kaiman said. “But, as always, our Highway Department and snow removal crews worked relentlessly prior to and during the storm to keep the roads open for commuters. We pride ourselves in delivering timely services and this occasion was no different.”

To clean up the two-to-three feet of snow heaped into five-foot drifts in places, North Hempstead’s snow removal crews—more than 100 strong—spread more than 1,600 tons of sand and salt, officials said. It took more than 80 pieces of equipment, including sanders, dump trucks and pay-loaders.

The Town’s 311 Call Center, which is now opened seven days a week, received numerous calls from constituents praising the Highway crews for a job well done.

“Snow was piled two feet high in front of my driveway,” said Lorene Marks, 80, of Albertson. “I felt they did a good job and wanted to thank them. Everyone calls when they’re not happy with things so I wanted to call and tell you what a good job the Town did plowing the streets.”

Pointing out that while her street had been plowed, Audrey Caputi of New Hyde Park said the narrow pathway made it difficult for vehicles to move about safely.

“I called 311 to ask if they can come back and widen the narrow path on the street,” she said. “They came quickly. If somebody does something good, they should hear about it," she said explaining why she felt compelled to notify the Supervisor’s office of the outstanding job the Town did clearing the snow.

Residents can call 311 for non-emergency snow related concerns.


North Hempstead Highway Dept. clears streets after the Blizzard of 2010.
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