Mangano, Gonsalves and Abrahams Strike Bi-Partisan Deal to Fund Clean & Seed Program

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Effort Assists Homeowners Struggling to Repair after Superstorm Sandy

Nassau County, NY - June 11, 2014 - Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano, Presiding Officer Norma Gonsalves, Minority Leader Kevan Abrahams, Legislator Laura Curran, East Rockaway Mayor Francis Lenahan joined with area homeowners today as they announced a bi-partisan agreement to approve $14.4 million in capital funds for Nassau County’s Clean and Seed Program. Under the program, workers remove three inches of soil, replace soil and seed lawns of homes that were ravaged by sewage during Superstorm Sandy.
 
County Executive Mangano stated, “Nassau County’s Clean and Seed Program has been an integral part of helping residents recover from the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy. This bi-partisan agreement allows the County to continue the work it started in helping homeowners recover from the storm.”
 
“This is one more way that we can help to return the lives of Sandy victims to normal. I’m pleased that we can implement this program at the optimal time for the lawns to flourish,” said Presiding Officer Norma L. Gonsalves.
 
"We are extremely pleased to work cooperatively with County Executive Mangano and Presiding Officer Gonsalves to support South Shore residents to restore their homes and neighborhoods after the devastation of Sandy. At the end of the day it’s about rebuilding the South Shore to its previous splendor, and I know that is what today and the clean and seed program is all about,” stated Kevan Abrahams, Nassau County Legislature Democratic Minority Leader.
 
The Clean and Seed Program assisted 200 homeowners last year with $2 million in County capital funding. The County is seeking to recapture this expense from FEMA and providing additional capital funding to complete the remaining homes that qualified for work under the Clean and Seed Program.
 
Pictured (left to right) are: East Rockaway Mayor Francis Lenahan; Avi Fertig, representing Senior Town of Hempstead Councilman Anthony J. Santino; Legislator Laura Curran; Presiding Officer Norma Gonsalves; Homeowner Theresa Gaffney; County Executive Mangano; Minority Leader Kevan Abrahams; and Commissioner of the Department of Public Works Shila Shah-Gavnoudias.
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