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Oceanside Letters to the Editor, Week of Nov. 22

Many deserve our thanks

To the Editor:

Superstorm Sandy left its menacing mark on our entire community. Many neighborhoods took the brunt of Sandy’s wrath — fierce winds and a monstrous storm surge. Residents lost their homes, cars, furniture and, perhaps most importantly, priceless and irreplaceable memories in the form of photos, letters and mementos that took a lifetime to accumulate. Many neighbors also suffered raw sewage coming into their homes through drains and basements.

Virtually all of us lost power for weeks due to the inability — and unpreparedness — of the Long Island Power Authority to adequately prepare for this storm. The LIPA Board of Trustees, appointed by the governor, and its management not only failed to learn any valuable lessons over the past three weather catastrophes, but also fell far short of running a creditable recovery operation to restore power to more than 1.2 million people on Long Island left in the dark.

However, in the wake of the devastation, our community has banded together like never before, united in our determination to help one another get back on our feet and rebuild.

Throughout this crisis, our community and all of the Town of Hempstead have really shown what we are made of. From neighbors helping neighbors to first responders and municipal employees forsaking their own homes and family emergencies to man their posts and provide crucial government services, this was unquestionably one of our community’s finest times.

My office logged hundreds of hours responding to every constituent concern that was brought to my attention. Every phone call, letter, email and yes, even Facebook message and wall post I received was promptly responded to — either with direct answers or by making contact with the proper agency outside of town government that could assist.


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