Nassau County Legislator Kevan Abrahams (D-Hempstead) joined fellow lawmakers in approving funds for meal delivery for the County’s senior citizens. The program is designed to provide full meals to nutritionally at-risk seniors, many of whom are low income, frail and/or minority.
“This home delivery system is another example of Nassau County’s commitment to the health and well-being of our senior citizens,” Abrahams said. “It is up to all of us to ensure that seniors receive all of the support and help they need, and I am proud to approve this measure.”
The funds for the program, totaling $183,025, come in a supplemental appropriation from the New York State Office for the aging. Other supplemental appropriations approved by the legislature for senior citizens programming included:
In other business, the Legislature approved a measure regulating the connections to the County municipal separate storm sewer system, and the regulation of non-storm water discharges into the system. Enforcement will be handled by the Department of Public Works.
The Legislature authorized the County to file an application for federal assistance with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Each year the County must submit to HUD an Annual Plan outlining the proposed use of funding allocated to the Nassau Urban County Consortium under the three aforementioned programs, collectively referred to as the “Consolidated Programs” in addition to program income expected to be received during the program year. The following is a list of proposed programs and their Federal Fiscal Year 2007 allocations:
The Program is 100% Federally funded.
The Legislature also approved a resolution to disperse more than $22.5M from Nassau County mortgage tax revenue to the County’s 64 incorporated villages. The Village of Hempstead will receive $167,850, and the Village of Freeport will receive $193,871.
“I am delighted that we can continue to offer our fiscal support and cooperation at a time when the villages really need it,” Abrahams said.
The Legislature also approved the County’s participation in a federal aid transportation project for the rehabilitation of Nassau Road in Roosevelt. The County is eligible to receive reimbursement of up to 80 percent of approved construction costs, up to a maximum of $1,396,800.
The next full Legislative session is scheduled for September 5, 2007.