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• Waiving voter approval requirements for capital expenses relating to storm damage, and easing restrictions on borrowing.

• Removing restrictions to tap into dedicated reserve funds to cover repair costs.

In the aftermath of the storm, many school districts are facing unexpected costs. Island Park’s elementary school was so badly damaged that it will be closed for at least three months. East Rockaway’s Junior-Senior High School is closed indefinitely, and the district is renting two vacant elementary schools in Baldwin — at a cost of about $48,000 per month — to house its seventh- through 12th-graders. Districts need the flexibility to be able to restore their facilities to safe, working order, and to bring back a sense of normalcy for students and staff.

We urge state lawmakers to consider these initiatives so school districts can move quickly to begin repairs, and bring some certainty to the remainder of this school year.


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Everyone, please write Town of Hempstead Supervisor Kate Murray at katemurray@tohmail.org and ask her to donate 75% of the General Services Postage budget (of $2.4 million dollars) to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy, or JUST FORWARD THIS message to katemurray@tohmail.org.

Kate Murray currently sends out about 25 mailings per year. See http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nzq67LIQ3dw for more information about Kate's mailings.

Ask her to give up some of her mailings to help the residents of the Town of Hempstead that were devastated by Hurricane Sandy.

Instead of cutting down trees to make paper for mailings, the Town of Hempstead should use that wood to make houses for the people that lost theirs. Please forward this message to everyone you know.


Felix Procacci

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