How developers, not storm victims, cashed in on $600M Sandy fund

assetContent (24)A state program to lend more than $400 million in taxpayer dollars to replenish affordable housing lost during Hurricane Sandy so far has assisted fewer than two dozen victims of the storm, state statistics show. The Fund for Restoration of Multifamily Housing began disbursing zero- and low-interest loans in 2014 in the nine counties most affected… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: June 12th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Hurricane Sandy, Monmouth County News, Superstorm Sandy | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on How developers, not storm victims, cashed in on $600M Sandy fund

N.J. lawmaker fuming after Sandy whistleblower told to leave FEMA contractor alone

assetContent (14)WASHINGTON — A lawyer for the contractor helping the Federal Emergency Management Agency review Hurricane Sandy damage claims has demanded that a whistleblower and a law firm stop contacting its employees to bolster allegations that storm victims were shortchanged. The letter from Optimal Solutions and Technologies referenced Jeff Coolidge, a whistleblower who worked for a company… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: May 16th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: FEMA, Hurricane Sandy, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Sea Bright Mayor Dina Long: “Leadership is not a mystery”

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Posted: May 6th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Dina Long, Hurricane Sandy, Monmouth County News, Sea Bright, Superstorm Sandy | Tags: , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

FEMA failed to properly oversee Sandy flood insurers, audit says

assetContentWASHINGTON — A government watchdog found that Federal Emergency Management Agency did not properly regulate the private companies who provide flood insurance, whose failure to adequate reimburse Hurricane Sandy victims for their losses led to the agency agreeing to reopen thousands of claims. The report by the Department of Homeland Security inspector general said FEMA did… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: March 16th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Smith, FEMA, Hurricane Sandy, Monmouth County News, Superstorm Sandy | Tags: , , , , , | 1 Comment »

5 charged with stealing Hurricane Sandy funds

assetContent (7)TRENTON — Five people were charged on Thursday with filing falsified applications to get tens of thousands in federal Hurricane Sandy aid, state officials said. The charges bring to 50 the number of people who have been accused by the state Attorney General’s Office since March 2014 of trying to cheat the government out money meant… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: February 26th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Hurricane Sandy, Monmouth County News, Superstorm Sandy | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on 5 charged with stealing Hurricane Sandy funds

Christie’s back home, Sandy victims are not | Di Ionno

When we first met Joseph Ready, his Sandy-wrecked home in Union Beach was jacked 20 feet in the air, uninhabitable for his family, but open to feral cats and vandals. The cats left bird carcasses on his floors and the vandals clogged the toilet. He was living in a FEMA trailer, paying $850 a month in… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: February 14th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Christie, Hurricane Sandy, Monmouth County News, Superstorm Sandy | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off on Christie’s back home, Sandy victims are not | Di Ionno

Is Christie or Obama to blame for N.J. getting so little Sandy aid?

20121031q_BObamaWASHINGTON — New Jersey’s U.S. House delegation split along party lines in questioning whether Gov. Chris Christie or the Obama administration’s Department of Housing and Urban Development was at fault for the state getting just $15 million of a $1 billion program carved out of funds originally earmarked for Hurricane Sandy aid. The six Democratic lawmakers… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: February 3rd, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Hurricane Sandy, Superstorm Sandy | Tags: , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Is Christie or Obama to blame for N.J. getting so little Sandy aid?

N.J. delegation wants to know why state got so little Sandy aid

Tom Arnone, Dave Rible Serena DiMassoWASHINGTON — Members of the New Jersey delegation want to ask U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro why their state got just $15 million in disaster preparedness funds under a program funded in the Hurricane Sandy aid bill. U.S. Rep. Chris Smith (R-4th Dist.), who arranged a meeting last March with Federal Emergency Management… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: January 22nd, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Smith, Hurricane Sandy | Tags: , , , , , | 2 Comments »

Why did N.J. miss out on $300M in federal Hurricane Sandy aid?

IMG_5189WASHINGTON — New Jersey got only $15 million of the $326 million requested in disaster relief under a program funded in the Hurricane Sandy aid package in part because the state submitted “a weaker application,” a top federal official said Thursday. The award, announced Thursday by Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro at an event… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: January 22nd, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Christie, Hurricane Sandy, Superstorm Sandy | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Why did N.J. miss out on $300M in federal Hurricane Sandy aid?

N.J. man who got $218K in relief aid admits to Sandy fraud

assetContent (26)TRENTON — A Toms River man who received more than $218,000 in Hurricane Sandy relief aid has admitted to filing fraudulent applications for funding from government-run storm recovery programs, authorities said. Gregory Wagner, 63, pleaded guilty in state Superior Court on Monday to third-degree theft by deception, according to the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office. Wagner… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: November 30th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Crime, Hurricane Sandy, Monmouth County, Superstorm Sandy | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on N.J. man who got $218K in relief aid admits to Sandy fraud