Hempstead supervisor Don Klabin said he plans to spend more than $ 100 million on federal pandemic funding received by the town by the end of the year, but how will it be used as community funding demand? It has not been announced whether it will be done.
“We will use these funds for the intended purpose, for the residents of Hempstead, on a population basis, and for the residents of the town,” Klabin said in an interview on Tuesday.
Republican Klabin has been hearing for months from state, county, and village officials and small businesses wanting some of the money to spend or lose it. He said he would continue to seek expansion and flexibility from the US Treasury on how to spend money, including whether local governments could use it for lost income.
Funds must be allocated by 30 December and, according to financial guidelines, can only be used for COVID-19 related costs.
“We have identified refundable costs and will use the funds under the supervision of a town lawyer. Residents can rest assured that these funds will be used,” he said. “We need to operate on the premise that we will not get an extension, and hopefully they will allow it.”
Hempstead was the only town in the country to receive $ 133 million in May under federal CARES law and raise funds based on a population of more than 500,000. Hempstead Town, with a population of 800,000, accounts for more than half of the 1.3 million people in Nassau County, which received $ 103 million in federal funding.
Townboard has so far approved approximately $ 29 million to cover distributions to food banks, hospitals and universities. The most recent allocation was $ 450,000 to Mount Sinai South Nassau Hospital in Oceanside to conduct a drive-through test site. Northwell Health has received a total of $ 3.8 million since May for coronavirus testing.
The town also distributed $ 8 million to local universities, including $ 2 million each to Hofstra University and Nassau Community College.
The town depositing money in escrow has $ 20 million in expected costs to remodel 82 buildings for the bathroom and air system during a pandemic.
There have been criticisms from multiple levels of government, accusing Klabin of having stumbled upon supporting municipalities that have suffered significant financial losses and costs.
In May, three Democrats and four State Senators asked Klabin to fund the county and help 22 villages in the town with increased costs for emergency services, police, water and sanitation. did.
Krabin claims he’s saving money in preparation for an increase in the incident this fall, and has raised village cleaning costs and equipment, including donating $ 221,000 to Garden City this month and funding the fire department. I have been supporting you.
In a letter last week, Democratic Nassau County executive Laura Callan demanded $ 50 million from Krabin to fund the Nassau County police response in the town of Hempstead. She said she used Nassau’s money for county expenses and first responders.
“With the increasing number of COVID-19 cases in Nassau County and New York, it is important that local police, fire departments, schools, towns and cities have access to unused CARES funds to combat this pandemic.” Said Karan. “Without these resources, local governments may not be able to purchase the supplies and services they need because Nassau County is facing a surge in incidents.”
Curran pointed out that Clavin allocated only about 25% of federal funding and asked Clavin to clarify plans to use the rest. She accused Klabin of spending money on a “public relations campaign” to strengthen town officials.
Krabin told Karan that the town had allocated $ 7 million to the county’s public hospitals and universities, and the Nassau County Industrial Development Agency to distribute PPE to small businesses. He said school districts, villages, fire departments, hospitals, universities, community groups and others asked why the county couldn’t provide CARES support.
“Instead, the Nassau administration seems to have chosen to use almost all of the $ 103 million federal CARES penny to fill the budget gap,” Clavin wrote.
“The exception is that you refer to the allocation of essential CARES resources for these heroic frontline workers and first responders as” funding to fill budget holes. ” “Karan said.
Kathleen Rice, Republican Garden City, said Klabin should support Nassau because “the county isn’t struggling in town.” She called the allocation of funds to Hempstead a habit of the CARES law, excluding Oyster Bay and other Nassau towns in North Hempstead. She said Congress would not be able to pass the extension.
“He shouldn’t desperately try to find something to spend money on,” Rice said. “It’s gone, it’s hard to say, but I’ll give back $ 100 million to the federal government. Shame him.”
Senator Chuck Schumer (DN.Y.) has helped the town apply for funding and has negotiated with the Treasury for more flexibility and financial assistance. The US House bill will expand funding until next year, but Democrats fear a deadlock in the Republican-controlled Senate, and the diplomatic administration will stall any changes.
Where the money went
Food bank: $ 5.6 million
Hospital: $ 9 million
University: $ 8 million
Hempstead Town costs $ 2.7 million
Nassau County IDA: $ 2 Million
Village: $ 473,571
Fire Department: $ 89,000
United Cerebral Palsy Association: $ 435,000
Marion & Gural JCC: $ 75,000
United Way: $ 358,000
Long Island Children’s Museum: $ 31,800
Source: Hempstead Town