Today, the Town of Hempstead presented Hofstra University, Molloy College, Adelphi University, and Nassau Community College each with a $2 million grant to help ease financial burdens caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Supervisor Clavin was joined by the presidents of the four colleges as well as members of the town board to announce the $8 million initiative which will help the educational institutions purchase the required personal protective equipment needed for reopening to students and faculty. The awards to each of the colleges or universities was made possible by the Town initially securing $133 million from the CARES Act.
“I’d like to thank Senator Schumer for his continued advocacy for financial support on a local level,” stated Supervisor Don Clavin. “The CARES Act funding has allowed us to help ease the burdens on thousands of residents throughout the Town. The financial assistance being provided to these local colleges and universities within our community will enable them to maintain the necessary level of safety for students and staff as they look to bring students back to the classroom.”
“Nassau Community College is proud to serve the County and all the communities within. As a part of SUNY, we rely on the contribution of funds from our County and State to continue to provide our NCC students with a high-quality education at an affordable tuition. We are grateful to the Town of Hempstead and Supervisor Don Clavin for providing NCC with a grant funded by the CARES Act. It is of the utmost importance that we maintain the health and safety of our NCC community as we continue to help thousands of students achieve their educational goals in the Fall and beyond. These funds will provide much needed additional resources to do that,” said Dr. Jermaine F. Williams, President, Nassau Community College
The Town’s contribution of $2 million to each of the four schools was allocated from the grant the Town received from the federal government under the Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Stimulus Act. From the start of the pandemic, the four institutions have been working to design a reopening plan that would allow students and staff to return to their respective campuses as safely as possible. The allotted funds will go towards the expenditures incurred in order to provide PPE for all those opting to participate in in-person instruction.
"Molloy College is very grateful for this tremendous support and for the leadership of Supervisor Clavin,” stated Molloy College President James Lentini. “As I told the supervisor recently, a large percentage of Molloy students and employees reside within the Town of Hempstead. This important and timely grant will allow all Molloy students and employees to accomplish our educational mission in safe and secure conditions."
“This grant is vital to Hofstra University’s efforts to keep our community safe and healthy,” said Hofstra President Stuart Rabinowitz. "We're grateful to the Town of Hempstead and Supervisor Clavin for being exceptional partners and for their continued support of Hofstra, and of higher education.”
The Town has continued to remain dedicated to the local community during these uncertain times by providing financial support and assistance to the various sectors most directly affected by COVID-19. The provision of grants to the four colleges is one of several partnerships and initiatives that the Town of Hempstead has taken part in upon receiving funds from the federal CARES Act. These partnerships and collaborations are all part of a larger concerted effort to support the town as it begins to recover from the impacts of the pandemic.
"We have long valued our partnership with the Town of Hempstead and the positive relationship we’ve had with our community through the years," said Adelphi President Christine M. Riordan. "The pandemic has strained every institution in the country, economically and logistically—we are so grateful for this grant and the confidence shown by the town in apportioning the federal CARES Act funds, which will help ensure the safety of our students and community. On behalf of our Adelphi family, I thank the town and Supervisor Clavin."
“Our young residents are the future of the Town of Hempstead,” Senior Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby said. “We are proud to present this grant funding to Hofstra University, Molloy College, Adelphi University and Nassau Community College to continue providing education and essential services to our students.”
“We want colleges to reopen, but we want them to do so safely,” Councilman Bruce Blakeman said. “This CARES funding will go a long way toward making that happen.”
“We’re fortunate to have top-notch educational institutions right here in America’s largest township,” said Councilman Anthony D’Esposito. “In today’s current climate, masks and PPE are a necessity and we are proud to provide these institutions with the funding needed for equipment.”
"Hempstead Town is incredibly fortunate to be the home of excellent colleges and universities that provide quality higher education right in our hometown," Councilman Dennis Dunne, Sr. said. "We remain committed to supporting these institutions as they navigate the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.”
"Local colleges and universities play a vital role in our communities,” Councilman Thomas Muscarella said. "This funding through the CARES act will help these four institutions provide students and educators the tools necessary to facilitate learning as we approach the new academic year."
“The safety of students and staff is a priority while also encouraging quality education in an academic setting,” said Councilman Chris Carini. “The money the Town of Hempstead is allocating to these colleges will certainly aid in educating our next generation of leaders.
For more information about the Town of Hempstead and its efforts to improve the quality of life for residents and businesses throughout the region, visit https://hempsteadny.gov/.