1000’s extra free PPE starter kits can be out there to small companies in Nassau County due to a $2 million grant from the City of Hempstead, officers mentioned.
The county will distribute 5,000 private protecting gear kits, up from 1,000. The kits are for companies which have been open for at the very least one 12 months, have 20 or fewer workers and had gross income of lower than $3 million final 12 months.
Every equipment consists of a no-contact digital brow thermometer, 5 face shields, 400 face masks, 100 pairs of gloves, 1,800 sanitary wipes and two gallons of hand sanitizer. The kits are being assembled by H&J Medical Provides in Lindenhurst and Nassau Sweet Distributors Inc. in Hicksville.
Nassau County Government Laura Curran, City of Hempstead Supervisor Don Clavin, heart, and Richard Kessel, chairman of the county’s Native Financial Help Corp. showcase one of many PPE kits Monday in Backyard Metropolis. Credit score: Howard Schnapp
Hempstead supervisor Don Clavin mentioned the city grant will provide 4,000 PPE starter kits to small companies within the city solely. Hempstead entrepreneurs account for 1,281 of the two,043 equipment functions acquired by Nassau as of Monday.
The one-page software could also be discovered at boostnassau.web.
Clavin mentioned that in one in every of his every day phone calls with Nassau County Government Laura Curran he requested how the city may assist develop the PPE equipment program. Clavin mentioned the $2 million grant, which is anticipated to be accredited by the Hempstead City board on Tuesday, comes from $133 million in federal stimulus acquired by the city.
“When individuals go into shops these kits will give them the arrogance that this retailer is ready, they are going to really feel comfy procuring,” he mentioned.
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Requested if Hempstead would make an extra grant if the availability of PPE kits runs out, Clavin mentioned, “This isn’t one time. …If we have to make extra of a grant at a later date, we’re going to do it.”
He additionally mentioned the city is exploring different methods to assist entrepreneurs because the economic system reopens with Section 2 set to begin Wednesday. Section 2 consists of barbershops and hair salons, workplaces, skilled providers and in-store retail gross sales.
Curran, a Democrat, praised Clavin, a Republican, for supporting the PPE equipment program.
“I’m grateful for the partnership with the City of Hempstead and Supervisor Clavin in order that we will present extra” kits, she mentioned. “If there’s a want for but extra we’ll once more marshal our sources, assess what we now have, and see if we will present extra.”
Curran mentioned she hopes the larger availability of PPE will handle the No. 1 concern of 4 in 10 small enterprise house owners on Lengthy Island, based mostly on a Hofstra College survey: that customers will keep residence out of concern of catching the coronavirus.
Curran and Richard Kessel, chairman of the county’s Native Financial Help Corp., developed the PPE giveaway after conversations with native chambers of commerce. This system was initially funded with $100,000 from the company and $400,000 from the county’s Workplace of Neighborhood Growth.
Kessel mentioned the kits can be distributed beginning the week of June 15 on a first-come, first-serve foundation. Enterprise house owners who’ve already utilized don’t must reapply as a result of a queue has been created.
“A lot of companies on the market are very nervous about not having the ability to get or to afford PPE in order that they will open their shops and entice prospects,” he mentioned.
James T. Madore writes about Lengthy Island enterprise information together with the economic system, growth, and the connection between authorities and enterprise. He beforehand served as Albany bureau chief.