Bed bug in Town of Hempstead building

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Bed Bugs Found In Town Of Hempstead Office Building

July 11, 2019 - 2:57 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- It's enough to make anyone's skin crawl — bed bugs.

Areas are off limits to workers because of the creepy, crawling bugs at the Town of Hempstead's building at 200 North Franklin Street.

Hempstead Town Receiver of Taxes Don Clavin, whose office is in the building, put down a glue trap and said, "You could see an adult one, you could see small ones, and you could see seedlings."

Clavin, who is running for town supervisor, says the entire building should be shut down until the situation is rectified.

In a statement, the spokesperson for the town says exterminators were immediately called after they informed of a possible bed bug threat Wednesday night to inspect and treat the infected area, which has been quarantined pending another round of treatment scheduled for Thursday night.

“This course of action was discussed with and understood by CSEA 880 union leaders, as well as all department heads, who were all informed of the situation. The course of action was discussed at length with the Town Attorney’s Office, Department of General Services, Human Resources, the Hempstead Town Council Majority’ Office and the Department of Public Safety," the spokesperson said in a statement, accusing Clavin of attempting to use the situation to gain publicity for his campaign.

"This is not the first time departments, including the Tax Receiver's Office, have been notified of an isolated report of bed bugs in an office space, so it’s curious why the Tax Receiver would this time request that the entire building be shut down," the statement continued. "This administration does not believe in scaring the public and will continue following all appropriate protocols and procedures relating to bed bugs.”