Letter: Lindenhurst needs more gov't help

Nick Moligano helps a cleanup crew remove debris

Nick Moligano helps a cleanup crew remove debris from a neighbor's house on East Shore Road in Lindenhurst. (Nov. 14, 2012) (Credit: David Pokress)

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Newsday recently ran a story, "On a stricken street, Anxiety and kindness" [News, Feb. 20], detailing the slow recovery for Lindenhurst residents after superstorm Sandy. About 1,200 homes were flooded and more than 160 Lindenhurst students have been displaced, requiring busing.

The school district is obligated to provide busing for students who have been relocated within 50 miles. This costs an additional $80,000 a month. The Federal Emergency Management Agency has indicated that it will not fund transportation, nor is the state reimbursing us.

I invite our governor to visit and witness how we've done more with less. However, the reality is that we could do much more with more. We need the help of our government to provide us with more funding to ensure that our students have a quality education and are indeed college- and career-ready.

My mantra for our community since the October storm has been, "Stay safe and stay strong."

Richard Nathan, Lindenhurst

Editor's note: The writer is the superintendent of Lindenhurst schools.

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