Hempstead Town Seeks Volunteers to Mark Storm Drains

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Story by Matthew Hogan

With 17,000 acres of wetlands and 180 miles of coastal waterways, maintaining Hempstead Town’s waters is no simple task. That is why Supervisor Kate Murray is calling on school groups, scout troops, civic associations, veterans organizations and other clubs to assist in placing important “No Dumping” medallions on storm drains throughout the Town of Hempstead.

Working in tandem with Operation SPLASH (Stop Pollution Littering and Save Harbors), the town is seeking to prevent the dumping of motor oil, pet waste, fertilizer, pesticide and other hazardous waste in storm drains.

This dumping is not only illegal, but the pollutants can be carried into town bays and waterways, damaging the town’s ecosystem.

Volunteers can log on to the "videos" page at www.TOH.li to view an instructional video on how to attach the medallions to storm drains and all supplies – Town of Hempstead medallions, adhesive material, brushes and gloves – will be provided to volunteers.

Volunteers can work on their own schedules, making it easier for large groups to coordinate.For more information about volunteering for this program, call the town Department of Conservation and Waterways at (516) 431-9200.

Town Hosting Trap/Neuter/Return Day at Animal Shelter

The animal shelter will host a free Trap/Neuter/Return Day on Monday, Feb. 18.
On a first-come, first-serve basis, the shelter will perform 30 free spay/neuter surgeries on feral cats trapped by town residents.

To schedule an appointment, please contact the Animal Shelter’s TNR coordinator, Steve Reichert, at sreichert@tohmail.org or (516) 785-5220, ext. 4630.

Town Holding Flood Recovery Meeting

Senior Councilman Anthony Santino is hosting a joint community meeting with State Assemblyman Brian Curran on Feb. 28 at Oceanside High School that will focus on post-hurricane specific issues.Representatives from FEMA, the National Flood Insurance Program, the New York State Department of Financial Services and representatives from the Town of Hempstead Building Department will be in attendance.

The meeting will start at 7 p.m. Oceanside High School is located at 3160 Skillman Ave.
Jack February 17, 2013 at 08:52 AM
Who has the contract to produce the Stop pollution medallions? This is a waste of money and stupid. Superstorm Sandy dumped millions of gallons of polluted items into the sewers and TOH is worried about medallion placement. Ridiculous. Just gives us the tax money back.
Tonto Hertzberg February 17, 2013 at 10:04 AM
n the days following the flood, laughs were hard to come by. One instance stood out. I was driving past the bay park in East Atlantic Beach about two weeks after the storm, the one with the enormous Kate Murray sign plastered on the front. At that point, according to EAB residents Ol Kate had not even bothered to show her face at all. Some one painted, in big red ink under Kate Murrays name.......................MIA. It stayed like that until one of her lackeys alerted her, at which point it was removed. I am told by EAB residents that Katie has YET to be seen over there. I suspect she will have plenty of time for the beach after the next election however based on her horrendous performance. The parks over there are a disgrace by the way and were that way BEFORE the storm. You expect to see delapidated parks like that in Detroit..................but, thats their problem. We have enough to worry about ourselves.
Ralph A. February 17, 2013 at 01:31 PM
Wow a great idea. Just another waste of the taxpayer's money. You have those who just don't care such as those who will dump all kinds of things down a storm drain. Some drains have those medallions on them already. But by the time you call somebody (like the police) to report them they're gone, and these people are not from the neighborhood.
paul February 17, 2013 at 03:27 PM
Story: Hempstead Town Seeks Volunteers to Mark Storm Drains Not necessary. How about the agency responsible for the maintaining and regular cleaning actually go around and place these worthless medallions on the sewers. Like this they can actually inspect and "CLEAN" them as necessary...... It is really not a difficult task for them to do if they actually hit the road and did their job..........
Jeanette February 17, 2013 at 09:06 PM
I was going to say the same thing. How about cleaning them and fixing them. The one by my house is missing 1/2 the grate for 2 yrs. and the one across the street has the pavement sinking into the ground in front of it. letters to the town have done nothing.
Lou February 17, 2013 at 09:42 PM
I think it would be a great idea for Kate and Angie , their photographer and the crew that sends all those informative mailings assist in placing important “No Dumping” medallions on storm drains throughout the Town of Hempstead.
Chris February 17, 2013 at 11:22 PM
The sewer in front of my house is collapsing into a large hole in the street. What good is a sticker going to do???? Town of Hempstead.......All show....NO substance!!! DUMP KATE MURRAY!! WE WILL NEVER FORGET THE ISLANDERS !
Michael G. February 17, 2013 at 11:34 PM
What possible good is a medallion going to do? Another waste. Thank you, Kate.
Robert Demarco February 17, 2013 at 11:36 PM
Are they serious. I'm surprised they don't pay the favored tons of overtime to do this task.
Steven Wagner February 18, 2013 at 02:33 AM
This is a law that's so old that everyone knows it.So is it legal to dump if there's no sticker on the sewer?How about getting some volunteers to shovel all the debris away from all the catch basins on Prospect Ave
robert February 18, 2013 at 07:00 AM
I wonder who the family member is that got the printing contract. The waste just never ends.
Ralebird February 18, 2013 at 07:01 AM
Does the medallion have Kate Murray's name on it like every sign at every park and facility in the town? When are such blatant self promotional ploys going to be outlawed? She wants organizations to donate time to do this but hasn't mentioned the organization that continues to take, take, take and never give anything back - her own party.
John Dunn February 18, 2013 at 08:27 AM
Instead of spending money to MARK the drains, how about just cleaning them out? It's been a neglected task in this area and there have been consequences. Please see: http://bellmore.patch.com/groups/weather/p/more-on-street-flooding
Bob Rabey February 18, 2013 at 08:41 AM
Here we go again.......more waist with Kate. Can ANYONE tell me how she keeps getting re-elected?
Chris Wendt February 18, 2013 at 01:28 PM
In response to your inquiry: "Can ANYONE tell me how she keeps getting re-elected?" A. She does a good job, in the opinion of a majority of voters, myself included among them. A. The Democrats have never had a viable candidate for Supervisor, probably not ever. Bob, if you disagree with the majority of us who have kept re-electing Kate Murray because we believe that she has done a good job, then you need to either find or become a viable candidate to run against her in the next election.
Felix Procacci February 18, 2013 at 01:31 PM
Most residents don't know the truth about her. All they see are the mailings. Newsday will NOT do a critical story about the Town of Hempstead government. Why? I suspect it has something to do with all the revenue they receive from all the advertizing and public notices. ie Newsday was at the meeting when the following video was made, and the reporter refused to print a story about it : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4xMVJ7Qb5_M&feature=youtu.be The Patch.com printed the story : http://malverne-lynbrook.patch.com/articles/hempstead-town-board-meeting-gets-heated-gas-station-law
rss February 19, 2013 at 09:31 AM
Why don't they just add this to this list of things that must be done by the lackeys on the Town payroll . Send them a list of storm drains with their raffle tickets and GOP dues.


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