Mangano Sends Hurricane Sandy Economic Hardship Relief Bill To Legislature

Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano announced today that he has filed legislation to provide economic hardship relief to the victims of Hurricane Sandy by providing a waiver of fees charged by County departments associated with the rebuilding effort. Hurricane Sandy caused approximately $60 billion in damage between New York and New Jersey. The South Shore of Nassau County was hit particularly hard by unprecedented flooding, high winds, and downed trees.

County Executive Mangano stated, “As our residents struggle to rebuild their lives from the devastation of Hurricane Sandy, I am pleased to introduce legislation that will alleviate some of the financial burden that stands in their way. This legislation assists Nassau residents in the monumental task of rebuilding their lives by waiving Nassau County fees.”

Once approved by the County Legislature, all department heads will waive any and all fees for permits or services which are required for repairs or new construction in connection with the effects of Hurricane Sandy upon a showing of good cause by an applicant. Residents seeking assistance must provide a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) identification or case number and a notarized statement that the claimed waiver is in connection with the rebuilding efforts necessitated by Hurricane Sandy.

Under the proposal, applicants shall be entitled to a refund for all fees that were remitted for permits or services necessary for repairs or construction in connection with the effects of Hurricane Sandy. Refunds shall be obtained by sending, via certified or registered mail, evidence of payment and a showing of good cause to the department head responsible for the permit or service.