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Town: Update on Tree Damage, Fuel, Power

More than 30,000 calls answered at 311 Call Center.

North Hempstead Supervisor Jon Kaiman sent this Reverse 311 message all Town of North Hempstead residents who have working landlines on Monday at 8 p.m.

Hello this is North Hempstead Town Supervisor Jon Kaiman with the latest storm recovery update:

Hurricane Sandy and Nor’easter Athena, only 10 days apart, left thousands of trees in our roads and tens of thousands of our residents without power. The chief concern of almost all of our residents is the delay in getting power restored to their homes. I can tell you that throughout the last 11 days, town, village, county, state, and federal officials in our town have all been making a constant and intense effort to move the utility towards providing full restoration of power.

The Nor’easter clearly resulted in a setback, yet we still need the utility to get the job done and we need it done now. 

I have spoken to our councilmembers and our mayors and our legislators and our state and federal representatives and we hear the pain and anguish of our residents who are without power.  The Town of North Hempstead will continue our emergency efforts until this job is done and we will continue to do everything possible to provide comfort and aide to those who need it during this period.

I can tell you that we have answered over 30,000 calls in our 311 center and we continue to staff the Points of Distribution (PODs) with water and meals; our warming centers are open every day and we have our Project Independence staff visiting seniors who may be in distress at their homes when requested. 

In terms of tree damage to homes, houses that have been damaged may have licensed contractors make repairs without getting permits first, although you must document the damage and apply for permits subsequently. Our building inspectors are available to assist you, simply call 311. Our highway crews have cleared thousands of trees and continue to cut and move trees once wires are removed by the utility. During this last week we have brought in over 4,000 tons of debris into our solid waste facility and we will continue the process of picking up debris until it is completely cleared.

In regard to fuel, the governor has directed that Nassau and Suffolk Counties as well as the five boroughs in New York City, beginning [Friday] morning at 5 a.m., will adopt an odd/even fuel sales policy. The plan requires gas stations to only fuel cars on which the last digit of the license plate is consistent with the odd or even day of the month. In other words, if your license plate ends with an odd number you can only fuel up on odd numbered days of the month. If your license plate ends with an even number you can only fuel up on an even numbered day of the month.  

Finally, I would like to thank all those in our town who are doing what they can to help others get through this stressful period. 

Again, our 311 call center remains open or you may visit our North Hempstead website or Facebook page for further information.

Deborah B. November 09, 2012 at 01:28 PM
I believe the odd/even fuel sales policy began TODAY. It is erroneously stated above as starting "[Monday]" morning. But I guess we all know that by now.... The retailers are suffering, too, as more and more of us are unwilling to use our ration of gasoline to venture out farther from home in order to shop.....
matteo November 09, 2012 at 02:10 PM
It's curious. Traffic on Port Blvd is stopped due to the BP station. There are 5 PW Police on guard, and there's a traffic nightmare. I take back ways out of town. Yet on Willis Ave, the local gas stations handle the lines, and traffic moves fine. Many thanks to our PW finest. Great job by our Town leaders, robo-answering emergency calls; making sure the gasoline supply reaches Town gas stations. 25% still without power; where are the generators for gas stations with thousands of gallons of gas stuck in the tanks? It's only been 10 days. Many Kudos to Mr Kaiman and his dedicated staff. When do our paltry RE taxes go up again?
NH taxed November 09, 2012 at 02:21 PM
I wish Kaiman would stop this self serving self promoting stance he can not and is not helping
NH taxed November 09, 2012 at 02:31 PM
" gas situation is getting better by the hour" November 5th 2012. Joni Kaiman .
Mary November 09, 2012 at 03:03 PM
Jon take off your yellow jacket, everyone sees you in the photo op
bthebest November 09, 2012 at 03:10 PM
Gas lines getting better? Odd only today & the gas line for shell on shore road was the longest I've seen it so far!!!& BTW we are on the 12th day of no power, how about a credit from lipa, verizon, optimum???? It's half a month w/out service! And why isn't our peninsula on the news? If you go to the lipa site fou outages by town we win with over 4,000 homes w/out power. Add port, port north, manorhaven & sands point it's @ 4,500!!!!
Shawn G November 09, 2012 at 03:40 PM
This is ridiculous. Who can I call to get an estimate for Salem? The management of the situation makes me want to move away from this area.
Sandra Amato November 09, 2012 at 03:44 PM
Gas lines are not better and with the Gas Stations on Shore Road charging so much more than everyone else, it is just awful....$4.49 for regular, please, we were just paying $3.85 a week ago...they are gouging !!! it is so obvious...!!!
Donna Rice November 09, 2012 at 03:49 PM
How about giving people some extra time to pay their property taxes. Last day is now November 13th. Many people suffered financial loss due to the hurricane and the extra time could make a difference. Also, you should open the dump up on Sunday with no charge so people could get rid of storm debris.
NH taxed November 09, 2012 at 04:08 PM
Kaiman won't give extra time for taxes to be paid , he needs the money to buy country clubs , art centers , and pay for all the no show jobs he has given away .
manorhaven resident November 09, 2012 at 04:57 PM
this whole situation is ridiculous! Is there a reason the gas stations in port washington weren't even opened yesterday. People need to get around, people need to go to work and the stress and anxiety of the poor availability of gas is really frustrating! Gas stations that used to be open 24 hours a day 7 days a week are closed by the time i get back into town from work! SOMEONE please do something.
Derp November 09, 2012 at 06:25 PM
Had to drive out to Commack to get gas last night. Seriously. The "line" was only 10 minutes long. What the hell is going on?
Angry Resident November 09, 2012 at 06:35 PM
I appreciate him telling us what we already know...we have no power and don't know when we'll get it back. Bravo to the elected officials for complaining -- a lot of good that has done! Does anyone know how to communicate honestly. Do they not realize that managing expectations is part of the process.
Kevin November 09, 2012 at 06:56 PM
OH YEAH JONI, WHY WAS NOT ONE GAS STATION OPEN YESTERDAY IN PORT WASHINGTON!!!!!!!! WHERE IS IT GETTING BETTER, BOTTS SHELL OPENED FOR ABOUT 5 HOURS AND NOW THEY ARE CLOSED!! I'M AN EVEN PLATE SO THAT MEAN NO GAS AGAIN TOMORROW, PLEASE TELL ME HOW IT'S GETTING BETTER???
Kevin November 09, 2012 at 07:03 PM
well said angry resident!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Kevin November 09, 2012 at 07:06 PM
What I'm understanding is that the PW Police are dictating when the gas stations can open, What is up with that!!!!!!!!, Keep the police out of it, WE NEED FUEL!!!!!!!!!!
Kevin November 09, 2012 at 07:49 PM
good one!
Kevin November 09, 2012 at 07:50 PM
I've already e-mail Shell corporate for an explanation? will post when I get it back.
Steven Adler November 09, 2012 at 07:58 PM
If you want information, drive around and talk to the utility crews. Kaiman and Co have bunker mentality. They sit in their offices and expect information to flow to them. They need to get out and collect it from the men doing the work and report back to us here.
Sigma11 November 09, 2012 at 07:59 PM
Still no power, no heat since the storm and don't see any truck in my neibourhood. Don't know when we will get electricity back. Very frustrating.
Art November 09, 2012 at 08:03 PM
You can fool some of the people some of the time, but you can't fool all the people all the time.
Kevin November 09, 2012 at 08:11 PM
I,m sure they go out to get fuel when they need it!
Donna Rice November 09, 2012 at 08:16 PM
Kaiman certainly fooled alot of people during the last election. And keep in mind that LIPA has him on their "short list"
Angry Resident November 09, 2012 at 09:10 PM
Picking up on what Donna Rice says, please understand that Jon Kaiman has been and remains a candidate to head LIPA. Kaiman is currently the Supervisor for North Hempstead and lives in Great Neck. If you look at the latest LIPA outage map, you will see that it shows that LIPA currently has multiple crews working in Great Neck and none in Port. One cannot help but consider whether political factors caused LIPA to assign so many crews to Great Neck and none to our area.
NH taxed November 10, 2012 at 12:34 AM
The ""NEWS" about Kaiman being on short list for LIPA. Is not true , this so called news is manufactured by the Cable company's News Day to pay back Kaiman for all his favors to the cable company , People are not stupid , after the arrests and the disfunction in his building department Joni Kaiman will be lucky to be appointed the Town dog catcher
NH taxed November 10, 2012 at 12:45 AM
Rep. Steve Israel, D-Huntington, said James Lee Witt, the former director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, should be brought in immediately to oversee the utility. “James Lee Witt came in and fixed the federal response to both Katrina and Rita when no one else could,” Israel said. “He’s been to my district at an Emergency Preparedness forum that I organized. He’s considered no nonsense and a no-red-tape problem solver. He is someone who actually knows how to get the lights on and the fuel flowing. This morning, I asked him if he could come to New York, go into LIPA, and get results. And I’ve asked the governor to bring him in immediately.”
Cathy November 10, 2012 at 01:45 AM
How is it that I still had to wait one hour to get gas today? Wasn't this odd-even days suppose to make things easier? Also, one gas station out of seven in port open!!! How much more longer can this last???
Rick Ueland November 10, 2012 at 04:20 AM
Boy, this crew can't even get a photo opp right! Take a look at the picture - most of the people in it appear to be either bored or asleep. Maybe they're just tired of hearing Kaiman pontificate about how well he's done!

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