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Event roundup: Sandy tax relief
Forum to offer help on Sandy tax relief
Nassau County Leg. Dave Denenberg (D-Merrick) will hold a forum Thursday, Jan. 16, on how to apply for superstorm Sandy Assessment Relief for tax years 2012-13 and 2013-14.
The Nassau County Department of Assessment is responsible for assessing properties and will conduct the assessment adjustments. Homeowners affected by the October 2012 storm must file an application for a reduced assessment by Jan. 21.
The public financial burden from reduced-value homes will be made up by Community Development Block Grant funds through the state’s New York Rising program, according to the Office of the Nassau County Executive.
The 7 p.m. forum will be in the Freeport Memorial Library, 144 W. Merrick Rd. For more information, call Denenberg’s office at 516-571-6219. -- AISHA AL-MUSLIM
Seminar to focus on Affordable Care Act
The Huntington Business Incubator will host a Jan. 28 seminar on the federal Affordable Care Act to help businesses and individuals understand the workings of the plan and how it applies to them.
“There is a lot being offered” at the event, said John Sardelis, associate chairman of health administration at St. Joseph’s College in Patchogue, who will discuss the health care act.
“Many people are getting confused by the national coverage, but they should take a look and get involved because you could find yourself getting a pretty good deal,” said Sardelis, who is also founder of the SJC Center for Healthcare Outreach, Research and Education in Patchogue.
The one-hour session, “Obamacare and You: Are You Eligible and How to Sign Up,” will also feature a presentation by Janine Logan, director of communications for the Nassau-Suffolk Hospital Council and the Northern Metropolitan Hospital Association.
St. Joseph’s College has partnered with the Incubator to provide the session at 1268 New York Ave. in Huntington Station.
The event will begin with a networking opportunity at 5:30 p.m.; the presentation will start at 6:30 p.m., followed by a question-and-answer session. Admission is free, but an RSVP is required. Call Diane Teets at Huntington Town Hall at 631-351-2884 or email her at dteets@HuntingtonNY.gov. -- DEBORAH S. MORRIS
More meetings on reconstruction plan
Several NY Rising Community Planning Committees will host more public meetings around Hempstead Town to give residents information about the state-sponsored Community Reconstruction Program.
Residents from Seaford and Wantagh are encouraged to attend a meeting Thursday, Jan. 16, at 1:30 p.m. in the Seaford Library, 2234 Jackson Ave. Lido and Point Lookout residents can attend a session at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Bishop Molloy Recreation Center, 15 Parkside Ave. in Point Lookout.
A meeting for South Valley Stream residents will be Jan. 22 at 7 p.m. in the Forest Road School library, 16 Forest Rd. in Valley Stream. Bay Park and East Rockaway residents can attend a meeting on Jan. 23 at 6:30 p.m. in the Village of East Rockaway’s Senior Center, 6 James St.
The New York Rising Community Reconstruction Program is one of several storm recovery initiatives established to provide rebuilding and revitalization assistance to communities severely damaged by superstorm Sandy, Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee.
For more information, visit www.stormrecovery.ny.gov or email firstname.lastname@example.org. -- AISHA AL-MUSLIM
NAACP to celebrate MLK’s birthday
The Huntington chapter of the NAACP on Monday will commemorate the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. and the 151st anniversary of the announcement of the Emancipation Proclamation.
The event will include speeches, singing and reciting the Emancipation Proclamation, an executive order handed down by President Abraham Lincoln on Jan. 1, 1863, abolishing slavery.
“It’s important that we remember, and celebrate, these historic events,” said chapter president Betty Miller. “We still have many problems -- housing, unemployment, discrimination -- but it’s also important to take a step back and reflect on the past and the strides that we have made.”
The celebration will be held at Bethel A.M.E. Church, 291 Park Ave. The keynote speaker will be the Rev. Roderick Pearson, president of the NAACP Islip Branch. -- DEBORAH S. MORRIS
Meeting to discuss storm readiness
A public meeting will be held Tuesday, Jan. 21, on possible efforts to make the village more resistant to damage from weather events like superstorm Sandy.
The third of four planned meetings on local funding possibilities from the state’s New York Rising program will be from 7 to 9 p.m. at the American Legion post at 45 Bayville Ave.
Village officials have said they hope to receive several million dollars from the program to construct a bulkhead along the north shore of Mill Neck Creek -- an area where homes were flooded by Sandy in 2012 and Tropical Storm Irene in 2011.
A local planning advisory committee working with consulting firm CDM Smith of Manhattan will make a recommendation to the state after the four meetings.
For more information or to submit comments, visit: stormrecovery.ny.gov/nyrcr/community/village-bayville. -- BILL BLEYER