Schaffer Extends Town State of Emergency, Again

The supervisor made the original declaration one day before Hurricane Sandy hit.

Supervisor Rich Schaffer extended the Town of Babylon's State of Emergency for the second time on Tuesday, Nov. 6.

Originally, the state of emergency was declared on Oct. 28, a day ahead of Sandy’s arrival, in anticipation of the storm’s damage. The assessment was correct as the post-tropical cyclone resulted in evacuations, threatened people’s lives and caused extensive power outages, flooding, damage to homes, businesses and transportation infrastructure, local water supplies and displaced thousands of families throughout Long Island and the Tri-State area.

Schaffer then, extended the state of emergency on Nov. 1, after it was noted that the Town's resources would not suffice during the clean up and restoration efforts. Tuesday, Nov. 6 is the start of the second extension.

The declaration allows the Department of Public Works to bring in outside contractors, seasonal employees and the implement emergency procedures, in order to provide for the health, safety and welfare of the public.

For residents who been displaced, an American Red Cross shelter is set up at Robert Frost Middle School (450 Half Hollow Road, Deer Park) and will remain open for the foreseeable future, town officials said.

The following warming/charging stations are available for residents:

Farmingdale Knights of Columbus, 1 Morton Street, Farmingdale
Hours: Seven days, 24 hours a day.  Warming station and shelter.For more information, call: (516) 523 – 7130

Babylon Town Hall, 200 East Sunrise Hwy., Lindenhurst
Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 9 p.m. until further notice.

Babylon Town Annex, 281 Phelps Lane, North Babylon
Hours: 24-hours until further notice.

Lindenhurst Public Library, 1 Lee Avenue, Lindenhurst
Hours: 9 a.m. – 9 p.m., Monday – Thursday.

Copiague Library, 15 Deauville Blvd. Copiague
Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 9 p.m. Monday – Friday.
St. Joseph’s Parish, 39 North Carll Avenue, Babylon
Hours: 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Monday – Friday
West Babylon Public Library, 211 Route 109, West Babylon
Hours: Monday – Thursday, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. /F – Sat: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
And Sunday, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Nurse Angel November 09, 2012 at 12:06 PM
I'm saddened for all the people that lost their homes or family members. I am not trying to insult anyone, but it seems that you have to have lost your home to get any attention. We have been without power for 11 days and it seems that LIPA is not working in our area. It snowed on Wednesday and the people that lost power due to the snow, already have their power restored. CAN SOMEONE PLEASE HELP US? We have a generator that gives us some power and heat, but we are running out of money because we have to keep buying gas to keep it functional. We are very frustrated. No one is giving gas for free or giving out generators, which I think is what should happen. We were already playing catch-up with our bills after my husband was layed off and now makes 40% less than he was making prior to his lay-off. We can't afford this but what's the alternative?! Staying in a shelter with my 3 kids! We'd rather not. In addition, we now have to spend more money to go to a laundry center because the generator can't handle the power of our washer and dryer. SOMEONE PLEASE HELP!! Ridge Rd, Wheatley Heights 11798


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