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Friday, December 19, 2014
No trash talk here in the Five Towns
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Courtesy Sanitary District No. 1
Since Hurricane Sandy hit on Oct. 29, Sanitary District No. 1 has picked up more than 15 million pounds of storm debris from the Five Towns, compared with 1.2 million pounds in the same time period in 2011.

CSEA Union President Joe Mazziotti, a Lindenhurst resident, was dealing with flooding in his basement while working to clean up Cedarhurst, where his parents grew up. “It was like a circus running between my house, my family’s house and working,” Mazziotti said. “It was an emergency, though, and it’s not something that happens every day. There was no time to think about anything; you went about your day as normal as you could.”

Helping others who had suffered was Mazziotti’s motivation. “Everyone was affected by the storm, and you wanted to get it cleaned up as soon as possible,” he said. “We couldn’t get enough thanks from the community — they were great. They understood we were not only working, but coming out after work to pick more up, and they couldn’t have been more grateful.”

Lawrence Association President Ron Goldman read longtime member Margaret Carpenter’s written words at the association’s Dec. 26 meeting: “The men worked around the clock and worked diligently to clean up our neighborhoods.”

Constant communication with village officials helped the district run more efficiently, according to Pappas. “We were able to give the community a sense of relief,” he said.

Cedarhurst Mayor Andrew Parise said that the Sanitary District was very cooperative, and that they kept in touch regularly after the storm. “They had men out day and night,” Parise said. “I received wonderful feedback from residents; the reaction was great. They did an excellent job.”

Pappas could not say enough good things about the staff. “Many of the men worked 10 to 14 hours a day and then went home to a cold shower,” he said. “We all worked together and stuck together to help the residents.”

Recycling pickups were suspended until the middle of January, because storm debris pickup is the priority. “We had to make decisions, and it’s important to get the storm debris first,” Pappas said.

Residents can schedule a recycling pickup by calling the sanitary district offices at (516) 239-5600.

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