NEWARK, N.J.U.S. Senators Robert Menendez and Cory Booker today announced the awarding of a combined $7,165,895 in federal Sandy relief grants through the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Public Assistance grant program to fund state efforts to buyout flood prone properties in Sayreville and Woodbridge in Middlesex County.

“Two years after Sandy, much work is still left to do to rebuild and make our state more resilient,” said Sen. Menendez.  “These grant awards will help protect residents and first responders from the hazards associated with repeated flooding, and keep our state on its path to full recovery from Superstorm Sandy.”

“The road to recovery following the devastation of Sandy has been difficult for many of our residents and municipalities and the funding announced today is welcome news for Sayreville and Woodbridge,” said Sen. Booker.  “There is still a tremendous amount of work to be done as town and families seek to rebuild and become more resilient to future storms and I will continue to ensure resources are made available.”

The specific grant awards follow:

·        $3,862,563         N.J. Department of Environmental Protection

To fund the acquisition and demolition of 98 additional flood prone properties in Woodbridge for a total of 187

·        $3,303,332         N.J. Department of Environmental Protection

To continue to acquire and demolish 196 flood prone properties in Sayreville and convert and maintain the land as open space in perpetuity

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.