Article by Newsday’s John Asbury:
New mobility mats rolled out at Hempstead Town beaches will finally allow beachgoers who use wheelchairs, like the special needs son of Hempstead Councilwoman Missy Miller, to get closer to the ocean, the councilwoman said Friday.
Miller said that while she was serving as a state Assembly member she had advocated unsuccessfully for the past six years for state legislation to extend mobility to the high-tide mark at all New York State beaches. The shorter access mats limited her 22-year-old son Oliver to the hottest part of the beach, away from the water, she said.
Miller said that after she left the Assembly earlier this year she was able, with the help of a Gold Award Girl Scout, to persuade the Town of Hempstead to deploy mats on the sand at several beaches that extend to the high-tide line. Miller also has worked to deploy the mats in the Village of Atlantic Beach.
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