Mangano: 'They Want To Help Their Fellow Neighbors Like This'

BETHPAGE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – More help is on the way to Long Islanders hardest hit by superstorm Sandy.

A committee of Nassau County police and fire department chaplains has been formed to collect and distribute recovery funds to residents.

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WCBS 880 Long Island Bureau Chief Mike Xirinachs reports

“We recognize additional need by residents, neighbors helping neighbors, coming together to establish a fund to further those efforts,” Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano told reporters including WCBS 880 Long Island Bureau Chief Mike Xirinachs. “We’re left with a significant amount of people that are still struggling.”

Mangano announced the formation of the Nassau Hurricane Recovery Fund Monday morning.

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“They want to help their fellow neighbors like this. Many of our corporate citizens have expressed an interest where they want to contribute but they want those dollars to go locally, they want them to go right to that family so they can stay in their home. That is the vision of this committee,” Mangano added.

The money will go directly to families in Nassau hit hardest by the storm. Fire Department chaplain Kevin Smith is chairman of the committee.

“Either under-insured, not insured. Some of the people are just barely making ends meet now. I think it’s going to be very good that they’re going to be able to reach out to us and hopefully we’ll be able to give them some assistance,” Smith said.

Officials said donations have already started rolling in to the fund.

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