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Glen Cove Sends Aid Convoy to Long Beach

Mayor, 31 DPW workers traveled to sister city Sunday to help with the massive cleanup effort there.

Mayor Ralph Suozzi and 31 members of Glen Cove's Department of Public Works traveled to hard-hit Long Beach Sunday to assist with cleanup of debris from Hurricane Sandy.

"It's a tremendous effort down there. There's garbage everywhere," Suozzi said. 

Suozzi headed a convoy of five garbage trucks, four dump trucks, a bucket truck, a chipper, one backhoe and an excavator. The group also included two mechanics.

"It was like a military action," Suozzi said.

Suozzi said the idea formed when he shared a panel at a Vision Long Island conference Friday with Long Beach city manager Jack Schnirman. Suozzi asked Schnirman how many of the city's 35,000 residents had been affected. Schnirman responded: 35,000.

Suozzi immediately texted Deputy Mayor Maureen Basdavanos and DPW director William Archambault. Despite DPW crews working all day Saturday to clear debris from their own city's streets, more than two dozen men agreed to join the effort.

The quarter-mile-long convoy left the DPW yard at 6 a.m. Sunday, escorted by Glen Cove Police to the city's border and two Nassau County Police cars all the way to Long Beach.

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Crews worked from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. loading debris from streets and devastated properties. 

"Two twin boys and their little sister went up to one guy and said 'thank you' and hugged him. He almost lost it," Suozzi said.

He said the enormity of the job was clear once crews set to work.

"A [garbage] truck that does an entire neighborhood in an hour was parked in front of one house for one or two hours," said Suozzi. That truck can handle 20,000 pounds of material, he said.

"We weren't looking at houses. We were looking at contents of houses," said Suozzi. "We didn't make a dent in it. It's such a mess down there."

He said the Glen Cove crews want to return next week.

"If they need us, we'll be back," he said.

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Robert Demarco November 19, 2012 at 05:58 PM
Great story. We all need to help each other. Some day Long Beach will be able to pay it forward.
monklime November 19, 2012 at 08:46 PM
wow
Nancy November 19, 2012 at 11:33 PM
Let's hope Glen Cove never needs a favor of that magnitude..but if they do I know Long Beach will be there for them just like they are here for us now..my block is still full of debris and very little has been done..but it makes me feel good to see the streets slowly starting to look normal again..Thank You Glen Cove for all your help..it means so much to us here in Long Beach..
Vin NY November 20, 2012 at 12:16 PM
Great job!
Mary Lou November 20, 2012 at 01:31 PM
Thank you to the City of Glen Cove for participating in the cleanup of Long Beach!! I am very proud of my hometown and my brother Ralph and all of the people that participated in this!!! This is what it is all about everyone helping others in good times and bad times!!!! Great Job!!!

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