WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Robert Menendez and Cory Booker today announced the awarding of a combined $14,440,139 in federal Sandy relief grants through the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Public Assistance grant program for administrative and cleanup cost in the wake of Superstorm Sandy.
“These grant awards help keep our state on its path to full recovery from Superstorm Sandy,” said Sen. Menendez. “Two years after Sandy, much work is still left to do to rebuild and make our state more resilient. This vital federal funding helps relieve the burden felt in hard-hit communities as New Jersey rebounds better and stronger than before the storm.”
“Over two years after Sandy hit New Jersey, municipalities and utilities are still in desperate need of federal resources,” said Sen. Booker. “Sen. Menendez and I recently visited communities destroyed by the storm and saw firsthand how important it is for families and communities to receive federal support. I will continue to work hard to make sure these resources are available to all those in need and hope that the funding announced today continues to demonstrates the long term commitment to New Jersey communities on the road to recovery.”
The specific grant awards follow:
· $10,326,209 New Jersey Office of Emergency Management
To reimburse for management costs—salaries, overtime, consultant, supplies, equipment, etc.—incurred to implement and administer hazard mitigation efforts following Superstorm Sandy
· $1,708,388 Margate City
For the use of contracts for the repair to the Margate City Hall Building damaged as a result of Superstorm Sandy
· $1,313,700 Somerset County Acquisitions
To fund the acquisition and demolition of 102 flood-prone properties in Manville Borough
· $1,091,842 Hudson Sewage Authoritty
For the use of contractors for the cleaning of the Observer Highway trunk line damaged as a result of Superstorm Sandy
The President signed the Superstorm Sandy Supplemental Appropriations bill into law last year, bringing the total Sandy aid enacted by Congress to $60.2 billion. The funding package included federal aid to help homeowners, businesses, and communities recover, and resources to rebuild coastal, transportation, and water infrastructure.