N.J. lawmakers to FEMA: Stop demanding Sandy victims give back government overpayments

Shore Blvd, Keansburg Oct. 30, 2012

Shore Blvd, Keansburg Oct. 30, 2012

TRENTON — The Federal Emergency Management Agency should stop demanding that Hurricane Sandy victims pay back money they mistakenly received from the government, members of the New Jersey congressional delegation said in a letter released today. Both U.S. senators and 10 of the state’s 12 U.S. representatives signed a letter to FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate asking… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: December 17th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Bob Menendez, Chris Smith, Congress, Cory Booker, FEMA, Frank Pallone, Hurricane Sandy, Superstorm Sandy | Tags: , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

Buyer’s remorse: Loans impacting grant money for Sandy victims

assetContent (15)NEW YORK (AP) — When Superstorm Sandy left Denise Erickson’s home with a collapsed foundation, a loan from the Small Business Administration looked like the best deal in town. She got more than $150,000 from the SBA to help fix her family’s Bellmore home, but the loan has left her with a $651 monthly payment and… Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: December 15th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: FEMA, Hurricane Sandy, Monmouth County, Superstorm Sandy | Tags: , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Study finds dramatic jump in heart attacks after Superstorm Sandy struck

Downtown HIghlands Monday morning during Hurricane Sandy2
Superstorm Sandy ripped houses from their foundations, reshaped the Jersey Shore and shuttered countless businesses in October 2012, but now researchers at Rutgers University tell of another devastating consequence: It increased the rate of heart attacks and stroke among people grappling with the disaster, leading to many additional deaths. In one of the first studies of… Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: December 13th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Health Care, Hurricane Sandy, Monmouth County, Superstorm Sandy | Tags: , , , , , | No Comments »

FEMA Responds to Complaints From Sandy Victims, Agreeing to Consider Reforms

2025Months of pressure from storm survivors and lawmakers in New Jersey and New York culminated Friday with the Federal Emergency Management Agency committing to reform key parts of the National Flood Insurance Program. The program covers more than five-and-a-half million policyholders across the country, and it’s been an important part of the Sandy recovery, paying out… Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: December 9th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: FEMA, Hurricane Sandy, Superstorm Sandy | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

Smith Visits Monmouth On Sandy Anniversary

Congressman Chris Smith, center, meet with Middletown Administrator Anthony Mercantante, Public Works Director Ted Maloney, Mayor Stephanie Murray and Committeeman Tony Fiore (right) in the Township's new Emergency Command Center on the 2nd Anniversary of Superstorm Sandy.

Congressman Chris Smith, center, meet with Middletown Administrator Anthony Mercantante, Public Works Director Ted Maloney, Mayor Stephanie Murray and Committeeman Tony Fiore (right) in the Township’s new Emergency Command Center on the 2nd Anniversary of Superstorm Sandy.

Congressman Chris Smith visited Howell and Middletown Townships on the second anniversary of Superstorm Sandy to assess the progress of recovery and determine remaining needs to be fought for in Washington.

Smith joined Mayor Bill Gato and Deputy Mayor Rob Nicastro at the Mariners Cover community along the Manasasquan River to the the sites of four demolished homes that had been damaged by Sandy and Hurricane Irene in 2011, and one remaining home that is slated for demolition. The homes were purchased by the township with state and federal funding.

In Middletown, Smith joined Mayor Stephanie Murray, Committeeman Tony Fiore, Administrator Anthony Mercantante and Public Works Director Ted Maloney in the Township’s Emergency Command Center from where Fiore directed the rescue and recovery efforts two years earlier in the aftermath of the storm, before touring three sites in the Township still in need of federal support.  While in the command center Smith recalled that NBC’s Andrea Mitchell showed up and asked to interview him. “I told her to interview Fiore because he was the one doing the work. She refused, so I spent the interview talking about him and the amazing work he was doing protecting the lives and property of his community.”  Fiore was Mayor during the recoveries of Hurricanes Irene in 2011 and Sandy in 2012.

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Posted: October 30th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Army Corp of Engineers, Chris Smith, FEMA, Howell, Hurricane Irene, Hurricane Sandy, Middletown, Monmouth County, New Jersey, Stephanie Murray, Tony Fiore | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off

Highlands Hero Gets RREM’d

After Closing On A RREM Grant, DCA Says A New Home For Vietnam Vet Is Not In The Cards

By Art Gallagher

Russell Card Jr removes his "family crest" from his family's home in Highlands in preparation for demolition . Photo via facebook

Russell Card Jr removes his “family crest” from his family’s home in Highlands in preparation for demolition . Photo via facebook

A Vietnam Veteran from Highlands and his 65 year-old wife had their expectations of a new home  crushed last week when their RREM approved builder informed them that a stop work order had been placed on their project by the Department of Community Affairs, with no explanation.   The family had prepared their house for demolition, based upon promises from DCA/RREM, and now fear they will be without a home.

Russell Card, a 72 year-old Vietnam Veteran from Highlands closed on his $150,000 RREM grant on July 28.  He put up his $18,000 escrow to cover the difference between the cost of the project and the amount granted.  Card, his wife Maureen and son Russell Jr, 35, prepared their home (which was built in the 1890’s and in the family since 1933) for demolition.   They moved most of their belongings into a POD on their immaculately maintained property and moved themselves into an apartment the size of the living room in the Bay Avenue house they have lived in since 1986.  By mid-September all the utilities were disconnected at the house and it was ready for demolition before their new home would be built.  The funding for the new home was the RREM grant, a gap grant of $30,000 from Gap Funding Initiative and $17,762 that was remaining from a $55,000 grant Mrs. Card had received from her employer, CareOne, after Sandy filled their home with eight feet of water on October 29, 2012.

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Posted: October 1st, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Christie, Christie Administration, DCA, Department of Community Affairs, FEMA, Flooding, Highlands, Housing, Hurricane Sandy, Monmouth County, RREM, Superstorm Sandy | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 10 Comments »

State Wants Sewer Plants to Plan for 500-Year Storms, Extended Outages

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Posted: September 19th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Christie Administration, DEP, Hurricane Sandy, New Jersey, News, NJ Department of Environmental Protection, Superstorm Sandy | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off

Documentary About Coastal Development in New Jersey To Be Shown in Rumson

Soldier_and_RuinsThe documentary film Shored Up, which examines the collision between coastal development and severe weather in New Jersey and North Carolina, will be shown Sept. 20 at a special screening in Rumson.

The planning advocacy group New Jersey Future, which is working with Sea Bright and Highlands on long-term recovery planning after Hurricane Sandy, is sponsoring the screening with Sea Bright Mayor Dina Long.

At the conclusion of the film, there will be a panel discussion and question-and-answer session featuring the film’s director and several local coastal and environmental scientists.

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Posted: September 17th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Community Announcements, Hurricane Sandy, Monmouth County, New Jersey, New Jersey Future, News, Press Release, Superstorm Sandy | Tags: , , , , , , , , | Comments Off

Use of Christie in Sandy ads cleared by feds

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Posted: September 4th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Christie, Frank Pallone, Hurricane Sandy, Stronger Than The Storm, Superstorm Sandy | Tags: , , , , , | 6 Comments »

Attention Highlands and Sea Bright residents: Your input matters

New-Jersey-Future-logoNew Jersey Future has teamed up with a research scientist from Carnegie Mellon University to support Highlands and Sea Bright in our effort to develop a long-term resiliency plan.  One part of this support involves reaching out to and engaging with the public to talk about flooding risk and plausible solutions. To that end, they developed a short survey to understand how best to talk about these issues with community members.

Please help our community in its plan for recovery and resiliency.This 10-15 minute survey will ask about your beliefs on flooding and flooding risk. Your answers will help Highlands, Sea Bright and New Jersey Future make plans for long-term community resiliency.  In a few months, New Jersey Future will publish a summary of the answers given by the community.

Here is the link to the survey:  http://njfuture.org/risksurvey

Posted: August 25th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Highlands, Hurricane Sandy, Monmouth County, New Jersey Future, Sean Kean | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off