The list of comfort stations grew to seven Wednesday in the Town of North Hempstead for residents in need of extra relief as recovery efforts linger on in the aftermath of superstorm Sandy which struck more than a week ago.
As temperatures continue to drop and with a nor'easter expected to bring more high winds and bad weather to Long Island Thursday, some basic necessities remain unavailable to many people in areas still without power.
Seven comfort stations are now up and running in the Great Neck, New Hyde Park, Port Washington, Westbury, Manhasset and Roslyn. Three were opened Saturday.
"The ability to charge a cell phone or computer, access the internet, or even just take a hot shower can go a long way right now,” said Town Supervisor Jon Kaiman in a release Saturday.
Comfort stations offer residents heated indoor locations to charge their electronic devices, access free Wi-Fi, and shower facilities, according to town officials.
The facilities are not meant as shelter housing. Residents are asked to bring toiletries and towels, according to TONH officials.
A list of Red Cross shelters is available and comfort station times of operation are available by calling 311.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo has called the slow progress by New York State’s power companies to turn the lights back on for customers "unacceptable” and threatened to revoke their franchise licenses Monday.
The following comfort stations are open as of Wednesday:
- Aquatic Activity Center at Tully Park: 1801 Evergreen Ave., New Hyde Park
- North Hempstead “Yes We Can” Community Center: 141 Garden St., Westbury
- The Clubhouse at Harbor Links Golf Course: 1 Fairway Dr., Port Washington
- North Hempstead Town Hall (Town Board Room): 220 Plandome Rd. Manhasset (no showers)
- Great Neck Arts Center: 113 Middle Neck Rd. Great Neck (no showers)
- Landmark on Main Street: 232 Main St., Port Washington
- East Hills Village Hall: 209 Harbor Hill Rd., Roslyn