This shelter boasts one of the highest adoption rates in the nation. Animal-control officers respond to more than…More 6,000 requests for service, including 500 night emergency calls, every year.
If you have a problem concerning a loose or stray dog or an injured or sick cat, contact the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter at 516-785-5220. After hours, contact the Department of Public Safety at 516-538-1900.
You may view the adoptable pets from the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter by visiting Petfinder.
Town of Hempstead Building & Zoning Department 1 Washington St, Hempstead, NY11550 This department is responsible for the administration and enforcement of building, plumbing, electrical codes, housing…More codes, ordinances, rules and regulations governing unsafe buildings, multiple residences, places of public assembly and the use and occupancy of property, buildings and structures in the unincorporated areas of the town.
The Department of Conservation and Waterways maintains the area's 17,000 acres of wetlands and 180 miles of coastal…More waterways, which make up much of the southerly shore. The four marinas operated by the Department of Conservation and Waterways can accommodate some 600 pleasure crafts and a number of party boats. The town maintains the 50-acre Marine Nature Study Area in Oceanside. In addition, the Conservation and Waterways chemists provide water-quality analyses of bay waters sampled from 39 sites in the Town of Hempstead estuary. The findings help to support biological modeling and the thriving clam industry in town waters.
The department maintains a staff whose disciplines range from endangered, injured and stranded species, entomology, botany, geology, ornithology, marsh, estuarine and beach processes, clam growout and seeding, to computer design and applications including the newly emerging field of geographic information systems, to real-time and near real-time systems and data collection, to emergency weather detection and dissemination, tide and meteorological gauging.
Town of Hempstead Department of Parks and Recreation 200 N Franklin St, Hempstead, NY11550 The Town of Hempstead Department of Parks and Recreation is one of the largest municipal parks systems in the United…More States and serves the estimated 762,000 town residents 365 days a year. The department offers numerous activities for all ages, including sports, cultural arts, concerts, aquatics and recreation. There are 90 parks in the town.
The Department of Sanitation is responsible for the disposition of all solid waste generated within the boundaries of…More the town; it oversees the disposal of an estimated 670,000 tons of garbage each year. What's not recycled is processed in a state-of-the-art waste-to-energy facility, creating both an environmental and economic benefit for all town residents.
Items that can be disposed of at 1600 Merrick Road include appliances, batteries, tires and other homeowner refuse (bring proof of residency). Grass and leaves are collected Wednesdays only. Visit the department's website for holiday collection schedules and information on the S.T.O.P. program, which allows residents to safely dispose of hazardous waste like paint, cleaners and solvents.
Call for additional information or to set up appointments: Household Garbage & Recycling Collection: 516-378-4210; S.T.O.P. and E-cycling program information and sanitation inspectors: 516-378-2200; Bulk collection and special pickup appointments: 516-378-8484
The Highway Department maintains more than 1,200 miles of roadway along with 163 town parking fields. Roads and…More parking fields must be repaired, cleaned and striped for safe driving. In appropriate seasons, leaves and snow are cleared from the roadways; in addition, thousands of catch basins are maintained, as well as 2,200 miles of storm-water drains. The Highway Department also assists in removing trees that have fallen in severe weather, clears dead animals from the streets and picks up abandoned vehicles when authorized to do so by local police departments.
Tree Removal: In the Town of Hempstead, homeowners are responsible for maintaining the area from the curb to 10 feet back from the property line. This section is known as the town right-of-way. Any work being done in that area by a homeowner or a utility company requires a permit from the Town of Hempstead's Highway Department.
On request, the town will inspect a tree to determine if it is dead, dying or diseased. Although the maintenance of curbside trees is the responsibility of the abutting property owner, the town will arrange to remove a dead, dying or diseased tree after receipt of a written request directed to the Engineering Department at 350 Front Street, Hempstead, NY, 11550. A fee of $350 per tree accompanies this service; for seniors (age 62 and over), the tree-removal fee is $175. (Seniors must provide proof of age and ownership of the property.)
Tree Planting: The Town of Hempstead will plant curbside trees in front of a residential property at the written request (to the Front Street address above) of the property owner. Upon receipt of the letter, a Town inspector will visit the property to determine if it is a suitable location for planting.
The guidelines for where a tree can be planted include distance from a corner, existing tree spacing, width of the grass strip, underground utility locations, and/or distance to a driveway. After the site visit by the inspector, the Engineering Department will send a response letter to the homeowner indicating the number of trees that have been approved for planting, along with a color brochure indicating the type of trees available.
The fee for planting is currently set at $150 per tree planted, regardless of the type(s) of tree selected by the homeowner. The fee will be waived for seniors, age 62 and over. (Seniors must provide proof of age and ownership of the property.) If you have any questions regarding the program please call the Engineering Department at 516-812-3479.
Leaf Collection:Residents are responsible for the removal of leaves on their own property. Leaves should be bagged and left out for yard waste collection according to the sanitation schedule; at no time should leaves be raked into roadways. Naturally fallen leaves will be removed from roadways beginning the first week of November through the second week of December, weather permitting.
Street Sweeping: Beginning in early April, town roadways are swept on a scheduled basis. Schedules are mailed to each resident indicating specific days of service. Residents are requested to remove their cars from the roadway during scheduled street-sweeping dates between the hours of 8am and 3pm.
Pothole Repair: Potholes should be reported directly to the Highway Department at 516-489-5000, with the exact street address and the nearest cross street. During the winter months, the Highway Department will fill the potholes with temporary cold patch, until permanent repairs can be made the following spring.
Storm Drains:Storm drains are for the runoff of rainwater and snow. Should you notice a storm drain that is clogged, please notify the Highway Department immediately at 516-489-5000.
Snow Removal:When snow is predicted, residents are asked to remove their vehicles from roadways so snowplows can clear streets efficiently and effectively. Please wait until snowplows have cleared streets before shoveling driveways and sidewalks. Always shovel snow to the right of your driveway apron (as you face the street) so plows do not push snow back in front of your driveway. Fire departments depend on neighbors to clear snow away from hydrants so they can access them quickly in the event of a fire. If you live on a corner, please also clear a path from the sidewalk to the street at the corner for pedestrians.
The Town of Hempstead's Department of Planning and Economic Development administers the federally funded Community…More Development Program. To date, $165 million has been approved to finance several programs that were developed in the town and approved by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
The office also acts as an information center, collecting and collating data on which policy-making decisions are based. Its staff of professional planners maintains communications with other jurisdictions, so that the town can correlate its programs and projects with village, county, state and regional planning agencies.
The department's Senior Citizen Home Improvement Program provides interest-free loans of up to $15,000 to qualified senior citizen homeowners to assist with weatherization, exterior improvements, window, door and/or roof replacement and emergency repairs to their homes. Approximately 3,000 senior households have benefited under this program. The Physically Challenged Home Improvement Program provides grants to homeowners in which a household member is permanently physically challenged and requires handicapped accessibility as provided under federal ADA regulations. Direct grants of up to $20,000 are given to qualified residents so they may eliminate material or architectural barriers that restrict mobility or accessibility within the home. Applications for both home-improvement programs may be obtained by contacting the Town of Hempstead Department of Planning & Economic Development at 516-538-7100.
The Public Safety Department provides professional security services to town government. Patrol officers are assigned…More rotating tours of duty coordinated to provide 24-hour coverage of all town properties and facilities. The uniformed public-safety officers patrol the properties of the town on foot, on bicycle and in vehicles; officers are trained in first aid, traffic control, rescue operations, and fire-safety techniques. The department operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Public Safety also provides services such as safety courses for applicants for peddler's licenses and provides a speakers bureau that lectures on security and safety to local, civic and fraternal organizations. Hempstead Town's certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians are available to inspect and properly install child car-safety seats.