Supervisor Clavin Announces Town of Hempstead Economic Recovery Committee

Tue, May 5th 2020 (9:00 AM)

$133 Million of Economic Relief Issued to the Town to Aid Hempstead Residents Impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic

Today, Town of Hempstead Supervisor Donald X. Clavin, Jr. and the Town Board have announced the formation of an Economic Relief Advisory Committee, which will provide much-needed financial assistance for the health, safety and economic recovery for our Town’s residents. More than $133 million in recovery funding has been provided to the Town as part of the Federal Government’s COVID-19 economic stimulus package.  The Advisory Committee’s diverse background and experience will ensure funding is allocated in ways that expedite the Town’s economic recovery leading to the best possible outcome for its residents.

“We are grateful for this significant level of funding that will be directly routed to our residents who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Town of Hempstead Supervisor Donald X. Clavin, Jr. “On behalf of our Town residents, we are very grateful for the leadership of Senator Schumer and our congressional delegation on the development of this crucial legislation. We are very fortunate to have Governor Cuomo’s historic leadership at this very desperate time in our state’s history. Our town government looks forward to working with the county and state governments to ensure these funds are used appropriately and efficiently to produce the greatest possible outcome for our communities.”

“The launch of the economic relief advisory committee is the first of many steps that will be taken over the next couple of months to regain economic stability for our town, its businesses and residents,” said Town of Hempstead Senior Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby. “Quickly getting the economy back up and running is important, but the equitable distribution of these funds in addition to everyone’s safety is our foremost priority.”

The Town’s Economic Relief Advisory Committee is comprised of leaders from business, labor, education and community that include:

Joe Belluck, Founding Partner of Belluck & Fox, LLP.

  • As a founding partner of Belluck & Fox, LLP., Mr. Belluck brings over 25 years of experience to the firm. Prior to founding Belluck & Fox in 2002, Belluck took on large tobacco companies as the State of New York representative on these issues. Mr. Belluck is nationally renowned for his high ethical standards as well as his top-notch representation of mesothelioma, truck accidents and other serious injury cases. Joe is a public servant dedicated to the betterment of his community and the individuals who reside within, and outside, of it. 

John Durso, President of the Long Island Federation of Labor

  • Durso currently serves as the president of Local 338—an organization that represents workers in the supermarket, healthcare, pharmacy, delivery, dairy and other retail food service industries. He also currently serves as the International Vice President of the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) and the vice president of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU).

Charles Fuschillo, Jr., President & CEO of Alzheimer’s Foundation of America

  • Former New York state senator representing the 8th state district, Mr. Fuschillo now serves as the President and CEO of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America. During his 16 years as a state senator, Fuschillo drafted over 200 state laws aimed at the betterment of his district. Under his direction, Fuschillo has been instrumental in the creation of the AFA Education & Resource Center. During Mr. Fuschillo’s tenure, AFA membership has increased tremendously and there is now at least one member organization in every state.

Margarita Grasing, Executive Director of Hispanic Brotherhood

  • Grasing is a prior board member of both the Rockville Centre Education Foundation of Nassau County as well as the Nassau County HIV Commission and the Nassau County Coalition of Youth Agencies. She was recently one of eight women honored at the Lynbrook Public Library’s inaugural Women of Distinction awards.

Richard Guardino, Executive Director of the Long Island Regional Planning Council

  • Richard Guardino, former Supervisor of the Town of Hempstead, is the executive director of the Long Island Regional Planning Council. Prior to becoming executive director, he was Vice President for Business Development at Hofstra University. As Vice President, he directed Hofstra’s Scott Skodnek Business Development, Continuing Education Program and was the Executive Dean of the Wilbur F. Breslin Center for Real Estate Studies. Mr. Guardino served for 21 years on the Hempstead Town Board, including five years as Supervisor of America’s largest township.

Kevin Law, President and CEO of the Long Island Association

  • Throughout his career, Mr. Law has focused his efforts on economic development and creating a better business climate on Long Island. He currently serves as the co-chair to the Long Island Regional Economic Development Council and was a former trustee for the Long Island Power Authority as well as Chief Deputy County Executive in Suffolk County.

Dr. Dave Neubert, Town of Hempstead Medical Director

  • David Neubert, MD, is an emergency physician and is board certified in EMS. Dr. Neubert is the Town of Hempstead’s Medical Director and manages the town’s Emergency Medical Services Department.

Mitchell Pally, Chief Executive Officer of the Long Island Builders Institute

  • As CEO of LIBI, Mr. Pally has been dedicated to making Long Island a better place to live and work, by creating a balance between the economy, the environment and the achievement of the American dream of ownership in all of Long Island’s communities. Mitchell has also served positions with the New York State legislature including the Senate Transportation Committee as well as the Commission on Critical Transportation Choices.

Geoffrey Prime, Mayor of Incorporated Village of South Floral Park

  • Aside from his duties as Mayor, Mr. Prime is a criminal defense attorney and founding partner of Prime & O’Brien in Garden City. He is the past chairman of the Nassau Community College Board of Trustees.

Stuart Rabinowitz, President of Hofstra University

  • Prior to serving as President of Hofstra University, Mr. Rabinowitz served as Dean of the University’s law school. He has also founded several new schools at the university including the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine, Peter S. Kalikow School of Government, and Fred DeMattheis School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. In addition, Stuart is the founder of the National Center for Suburban Studies and the Center for Entrepreneurship.

Kyle Strober, Executive Director of the Association for a Better Long Island

  • Strober’s efforts focus on major economic redevelopment projects as well as issues impacting the Long Island Rail Road and the Long Island Power Authority. He has also worked with various research and educational institutions to promote developing technologies to create startup companies to boost Long Island’s economy. He served as U.S. Senator Charles Schumer’s Long Island Regional Director.

Cherice Vanderhall, Village Attorney of Hempstead Village

  • Vanderhall has a specialized knowledge in the areas of employment litigation and family law. She previously served as Hempstead Village deputy attorney and is an active member of a number of bar associations including; National Bar Association, New York State Bar Association and the Nassau County Women’s Bar Association.

“The COVID-19 outbreak has affected us all. As part of the Economic Recovery Advisory Committee I am committed to doing my part to get the Hempstead community back on its feet in the wake of this pandemic,” stated committee member Kevin Law. “The multiple perspectives and backgrounds this committee has to offer will ensure the maximum potential for this funding is realized for Hempstead residents.” 

“I am honored to serve on this committee as much of my career has been dedicated to implementing and offering services and resources to members of the Hempstead community and beyond,” stated committee member Margarita Grasing. “This collaborative effort will make certain that the division of funds spreads across all of Hempstead so none of our communities struggling from the economic and health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic are forgotten about.”


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