Hempstead Town Supervisor Anthony Santino has deployed a S.W.A.T. Team to do battle with road craters, he announced Thursday in a news release.
The “Special Weapons” in Santino’s S.W.A.T. pothole response are newly added “hot boxes” that transport hot asphalt to pothole sites, along with the ability to “cut and patch” larger sections of damaged roadway with road paving equipment now added to the township’s arsenal.
The “Tactics” component of the Supervisor’s S.W.A.T. effort, said the release, is made up of a multi-department response to the problem as opposed to the usual single department response used by most municipalities.
“In short, the S.W.A.T. Team can fill more potholes quicker than the traditional approach to potholes,” Santino said.
He also encouraged neighbors to call the town’s Department of Highways to report potholes in need of repair at 516-812-3471, Monday through Friday, between 9 a.m. and 4:45 p.m.
The release said the town has increased the number of trucks dedicated to pothole repair from 18 to 30 over the past couple of years. In addition, Santino’s S.W.A.T. Team has increased the number of “hot boxes.” So far, the town has received 288 pothole reports in 2016 and has used 80 tons of asphalt to make road repairs.
Hempstead Parks and Sanitation crew recently have become involved in pothole repairs, and foremen have joined residents in reporting pothole sites.
Report potholes to the state at 1-800-POTHOLE, and to the county at 516-571-6900. Residents of incorporated villages should call their villages for pothole repair.