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Congressman Smith Tours Storm Damage In CD-4

Congressman Chris Smith toured storm damage sites in Wall Township and Howell Township yesterday afternoon to prepare his appeal to the Trump Administration for federal assistance in the recovery, if Governor Phil Murphy asks the President for FEMA’s assistance, as expected.

Smith said his letter to President Trump is already written and that he is prepared to work for federal reimbursement as soon as Governor Murphy makes the request.  The knowledge he gained on yesterday’s tour will help him make his case to Trump Administration officials and FEMA when he meets with them to appeal for federal funds.

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Posted: August 17th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Smith, FEMA, Flooding, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

Murphy thanks Feds for FEMA aid without mentioning President Trump

Governor Phil Murphy issued a press release this afternoon in which he thanked the federal government for  disaster aid associated with the March 6 and 7 winter storm that impacted Bergen, Essex, Morris, Passaic and Somerset counties and kept much of the area in the dark with extended power outages.

Murphy did not mentioned President Donald Trump or FEMA administer Brock Long by name in the release.  Former Governor Chris Christie regularly mentioned President Obama when thanking Washington for disaster assistance.

It was nice of the governor to mention the Republicans in New Jersey’s congressional delegation while thanking them for help with “the Trump Administration.”

Murphy has yet to sign the sport betting bill.

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Posted: June 11th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: New Jersey, Phil Murphy | Tags: , , , , | 1 Comment »

Good news for Sandy victims: House limits FEMA ability to demand disaster repayments

WASHINGTON — U.S. House legislation to help victims of the most recent hurricanes also would help some of those who suffered losses under Hurricane Sandy. The hurricane relief bill, which awaits Senate passage, would limit to three years the time the Federal Emergency Management Agency can demand repayments from disaster victims. Thousands of letters have been… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: December 25th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Congress, FEMA, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Long Branch joins post-Sandy high water mark program

assetcontent-73LONG BRANCH – As Hurricane Sandy was closing in on the Jersey Shore, Darrell Wordelmann – the general manager of Rooney’s Oceanfront Restaurant – watched surveillance video footage of the Atlantic Ocean splashing increasingly closer to the popular upscale restaurant until the power to the cameras eventually went out. The restaurant, which is slightly elevated and… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: November 21st, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off on Long Branch joins post-Sandy high water mark program

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 »

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 »

Belmar won’t disclose where FEMA money is, Resident sues for records

Where is the $5.4 million that Matt Doherty claimed FEMA gave Belmar for Taylor Pavilion?

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Gov Chris Christie and his favorite mayor, Matt Doherty of Belmar, on the boardwalk celebrating Sandy recovery.

The ongoing controversy over the rebuilding of the beach pavilions in Belmar has resulted in yet another law suit filed against the Borough by an activist resident calling for fiscal responsibility and transparency.

Joy DeSanctis filed suit last week against Belmar and Borough Clerk April Claudio in her capacity as Custodian of Records.  DeSanctis is not seeking money, other than her legal fees.  Rather, she is asking the Court to Order Belmar and Claudio to comply with the Open Public Records Act (OPRA) and provide copies of all correspondence between Belmar and FEMA regarding Superstorm Sandy Funds and correspondence regarding the construction of the pavilions between October 29, 2012 and February 5, 2016, the date that DeSanctis filed her OPRA request.

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Posted: March 15th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Belmar, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments »

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

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 »

Smith, NJ Delegation Continue to Press for Transparency, Reform at NFIP

speaking-285x200WASHINGTON, DC – At a Capitol Hill meeting hosted Oct. 7 by U.S. Rep. Chris Smith (NJ-04), Dean of the New Jersey Congressional Delegation, with Roy Wright, Deputy Associate Administrator for Insurance and Mitigation at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), a bipartisan group of NJ Members of Congress continued to press for equitable relief for… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: October 11th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Smith, FEMA, Monmouth County, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Smith, NJ Delegation Continue to Press for Transparency, Reform at NFIP