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Officials to host storm-related Q&A in East Rockaway
To help East Rockaway residents still struggling in the aftermath of superstorm Sandy, Hempstead Town senior councilman Anthony Santino, village mayor Fran Lenahan and state Assemb. Brian Curran (R-Lynbrook) will hold a town-hall meeting Wednesday night.
“As a resident of East Rockaway, I have seen, firsthand, the damage suffered by homes, businesses, schools, and the continuing struggles faced by our neighbors,” Santino said in a statement.
Members of the town’s building department will explain and answer questions about how the town has expedited its permitting process to help residents repair their homes. The meeting will be held in East Rockaway Village Hall, 376 Atlantic Ave., at 7:30 p.m.
The town’s building department is waiving all permit fees for storm-related structural repairs and for temporary housing trailers for residents of unincorporated areas who are seeking to rebuild or make repairs to storm-battered homes. The town is also waiving building variance requirements for town residents who want to rebuild their homes at higher elevations to meet FEMA flood standards.
Above: This marsh house on an island north of Jones Beach was damaged during superstorm Sandy. The marsh houses, once the homes of bay fishermen, were scattered on the marsh islands by the storm from East Rockaway to east of the Wantagh Causeway in the Great South Bay. (Nov. 14, 2012)