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Posted on: August 4, 2016

[ARCHIVED] Rhoads, Curran, Legislature Extend Sandy Fee-Waiver Relief

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The Nassau County Legislature, spearheaded by Legislators Steve Rhoads and Laura Curran, announced that Nassau County is extending the time-period to waive fees charged by County departments for Sandy victims. On August1, 2016, all 19 members of the Legislature voted unanimously approve a local law to provide economic hardship relief to the victims of Superstorm Sandy by providing a waiver of county fees associated with the continued rebuilding effort.

“People are still rebuilding their homes four long years after the storm,” stated Legislator Rhoads. "We want to send a loud and clear message to all of our residents still struggling to put their lives back together, that while the rest of the nation acts as though Sandy is a distant memory, Nassau County has not forgotten you."

Pursuant to the law, 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 Superstorm Sandy upon a showing of good cause by an applicant. The law extends the fee-waiver period to December 31, 2017.

"So many homeowners have had to delay work on their houses because of red tape and bureaucratic complications beyond their control. I am delighted that the county can make their work just a little bit easier with these exemptions," stated Legislator Laura Curran.

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.

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 Superstorm 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.

Shown in photo above, left to right: Legislator Denise Ford, Legislator James D. Kennedy, Legislator Rhoads, Legislator Curran, Legislator Dennis Dunne, Sr. and Legislator C. William Gaylor III.

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