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FEMA awards $1.1M to Hempstead Sanitary District No. 1 for debris removal

A tree fell on a house on Harvard

A tree fell on a house on Harvard Street near New Hyde Park Road in Garden City. (Oct. 29, 2012) Credit: Newsday/ Audrey C. Tiernan

The Hempstead Sanitary District No. 1 has been awarded more than $1.1 million in Federal Emergency Management Agency public assistance funding to reimburse the district for the cost of debris removal in the aftermath of superstorm Sandy, federal officials said.

FEMA awarded $1,144,833 million to the district to cover the cost of removal, hauling, and disposal of an estimated 10,764 tons of disaster-related debris resulting from Sandy.

“This federal reimbursement for debris cleanup is critical in making sure that Long Islanders are not entirely on the hook for these expenses,” Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) said in a statement.

Sanitary District No. 1 is in the Town of Hempstead and serves Lawrence, Cedarhurst, Woodmere, Inwood, Hewlett, Lynbrook and Valley Stream.

“It is critical that Long Island communities have the necessary resources on the ground to recover and rebuild,” Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) said in a statement.

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