Local community groups, backstretch workers, church organizations and employees of the New York Racing Association will be teaming up on Saturday, November 8 in the first Elmont Cleanup Day.

Town of Hempstead Supervisor Kate Murray, Town of Hempstead Councilman Ed Ambrosino, and Nassau County Legislator John Ciotti are among the government officials scheduled to launch the cleanup effort, set to begin at 10 a.m., rain or shine. With Belmont Park’s Marquee Tent serving as operations base, groups of volunteers will work together to beautify the stretch of Hempstead Turnpike that runs east from the Cross Island Parkway past Meachem Avenue. In addition to tee-shirts for each volunteer and signage prominent throughout the surrounding communities, NYRA is providing buses to transport the workers to six locations on both sides of the road.

“NYRA is proud to serve as a community partner to the Elmont community and we support their efforts toward the implementation of their vision plan,” said Joanne K. Adams, NYRA’s Community Relations Manager.

The Elmont Chamber of Commerce, the Elmont Coalition for Sustainable Development and the Elmont Community Council Coalition, Nassau County, the Town of Hempstead and NYRA are among the entities that have come together to make possible a vision for revitalizing Elmont, known as the Gateway to Nassau, as well as the State Bank of Long Island which provided a $5,000 grant toward the effort.