Kathleen Rice

FEMA funnels $20M into Long Beach storm-prep efforts

By GREGORY ZELLER // More than $20 million in federal funds will help protect the City of Long Beach against the next 100-year storm. Long Beach is receiving roughly $20.06 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency – including $1.6 million previously awarded for engineering and design work and roughly $18.48 million now reserved for final engineering and construction – for a “critical infrastructure flood-protection system.” The effort is designed to prevent flooding and otherwise…


New tech for victim-services efforts

Four Long Island programs are among several New York victim-assistance programs upgrading their technology through a new round of federal grants. More than 100 crime-victim service providers will share roughly $1.5 million in federal grants, primarily for the purchase of new tech facilitating quicker compensation for victims’ medical bills and lost wages. The grants will be distributed by New York’s Office of Victim Services, which administers state and federal funding to 175 nonprofits, hospitals and…


Long Beach Emergency Department earns final approvals

With final regulatory approvals in place, South Nassau Communities Hospital’s Emergency Department at Long Beach is ready roll. Long Island’s first freestanding emergency department, which will operate 24/7 and receive ambulances via the 9-1-1 Emergency Medical System, is slated to open at  9 a.m. Monday. The opening will mark the return of around-the-clock emergency medical care for the residents of Long Beach, something they’ve been without since Hurricane Sandy shuttered the Long Beach Medical Center…