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: , , , , | 1 Comment »

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: , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

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?

4 N.J. residents, 4 others lied to get Sandy funds, authorities say

pr20151208-SandyxTRENTON — Eight people, including four New Jersey residents, were charged on Tuesday with filing fraudulent applications in order to receive federal Hurricane Sandy recovery funds, state authorities said. Seven of those charged allegedly claimed that vacation or second homes they owned on the Jersey Shore were their primary residences when Sandy hit in 2012, making… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: December 9th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News, Superstorm Sandy | Tags: , , , , | 2 Comments »

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

Christie vows to finish Sandy recovery before term ends

assetContent (1)MOONACHIE — Gov. Chris Christie vowed Thursday, on the third anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, to assist everyone affected by the storm before his time as governor ends. “There will not be a family who is still hurting today who will not have their issues addressed,” the Republican presidential candidate said. Christie spoke in the warehouse of… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: October 31st, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Christie, Hurricane Sandy, Superstorm Sandy | Tags: , , | Comments Off on Christie vows to finish Sandy recovery before term ends

6 ways to avoid the ‘next Sandy’ | Di Ionno

assetContentThree years ago this morning, millions of people in New Jersey woke to a gray-sky dawn and the residual breezes of Hurricane Sandy, which rumbled through the state under the darkness of night with the straight-forward power of a slow-moving freight train. The storm’s wide swath of destruction unveiled itself in the gathering light. The images… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: October 30th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Hurricane Sandy, Opinion, Superstorm Sandy | Tags: , , , , | 1 Comment »

Spring Lake says Sandy audit is wrong, ‘we spent the money wisely’

assetContentSPRING LAKE — Spring Lake does not owe the federal government any Hurricane Sandy recovery money and can justify expenses that a federal audit said were not properly accounted for, borough officials said. An audit by the Office of Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security contends the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) needs… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: October 14th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: FEMA, Hurricane Sandy, Monmouth County News, Spring Lake, Superstorm Sandy | Tags: , , , , , , | 2 Comments »