The Suffolk County Water Authority is stepping up to help federal employees hit by the government shutdown and going without a paycheck.
The authority is waiving all late fees and penalties on bills and will not perform disconnections on customers who are federal employees.
This includes both furloughed employees and those federal employees who are furloughed workers or those who are on the job but not being paid.
The customer must verify their federal employment.
The policy will remain in effect as long as the government shutdown continues.
Other organizations assisting workers during the shutdown:
The Bohlsen Restaurant Group is partnering with Long Island Cares for a complimentary dinner for federal workers and their families affected by the government shutdown. Monsoon Steak and Sushi in Babylon will offer a 3-course dinner on Monday. There will be two seatings available: 6:00pm and 7:30pm. Workers should call 631.587.440 for details and reservations. Individuals must present federal ID. Complimentary meal for employee and up to 5 family members. Alcohol will be charged upon consumption. Long Island Cares will provide gift bags to participants, with an estimated 190 workers registered so far for the meal.
Northwell Health said Friday that it would offer payment flexibility to government employees feeling the financial effects of the shutdown.
Customers who express hardship are eligible for a range of payment options, from placing a temporary hold on the account and avoid the collections process to seeing if they qualify for financial assistance.
“Northwell Health wants to help federal workers who are being impacted by the government shutdown to ensure that financial concerns are not impeding necessary medical care,” said Richard Miller, executive vice president and chief business strategy officer for Northwell Health.