North Hempstead eyes $50K grant for Albertson Fire Company equipment

Albertson Fire Company is seeking a county grant for new equipment. (Photo from Google Maps)
Albertson Fire Company is seeking a county grant for new equipment. (Photo from Google Maps)

The Town of North Hempstead took steps to seek a community revitalization program grant for the Albertson Fire Company last Tuesday, with the Town Board voting to apply for county funding.

Town Councilman Peter Zuckerman, whose district includes Albertson, said the grant, if awarded, would likely go toward updated equipment like 35 self-contained breathing apparatuses, seven alert pagers and five thermal imaging cameras so firefighters can better navigate through burning buildings.

“It’s a terrific, terrific program because we want our firefighters to have the appropriate equipment,” Zuckerman said, referring to the Nassau County Community Revitalization Program.

Zuckerman said the funds would come from the program and that he and Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth are “working in conjunction” with county Legislator Richard Nicolello, whose district includes Albertson, to try securing the money.

“The way it works is the community revitalization program must be done in conjunction with the county and another municipality,” Zuckerman said. “So the town is stepping up on behalf of the Albertson Fire Department, which is an independent [agency] and otherwise would not be eligible in the program.”

A representative for the Fire Department was not available for comment.

Zuckerman represents Albertson, East Hills, East Williston, Herricks, and parts of Roslyn on the North Hempstead Town Board, while Nicolello represents New Hyde Park, Garden City Park, Mineola, the Willistons, Albertson, Roslyn Estates and the Plandomes in the Nassau County Legislature.

Editor’s note: A spokeswoman for the Town of North Hempstead said that the $50,000 estimate mentioned in a Town Board round up email is not a set or exact amount.


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Janelle Clausen

Janelle Clausen is a reporter with Blank Slate Media covering the Great Neck peninsula and Town of North Hempstead. She previously freelanced for the Amityville Record, Massapequa Post and the Babylon Beacon. When not reporting, the south shore native can...
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