Kerry and Jamie Gowan of Highlands appeared in Hoboken today with U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker as the legislators announced the reopening of thousands of flood insurance claims related to Superstorm Sandy.
Kerry spoke to the gathered press about her family’s ordeal swimming from their home on October 29, 2012, and the nightmare that has multiplied since. She said her flood insurance claim paid about half of what the family was due.
Amid the stress and confusion in the immediate aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, residents of coastal communities found themselves struggling to comprehend their losses and how to begin to put things back together. They contacted their insurance companies to file flood claims — but many of them didn’t fully understand the process or their rights. “What happened… Read the rest of this entry »
WASHINGTON — The first of an estimated 141,800 Hurricane Sandy victims will receive letters next month asking whether they want to reopen their damage claims, a top Federal Emergency Management Agency official said Tuesday. Brad Kieserman, the deputy associate administrator who oversees the federal flood insurance program, said the letters will begin going out in May… Read the rest of this entry »
WASHINGTON — All 12 of New Jersey’s U.S. House members called Friday for congressional hearings on the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s response to allegations of fraud in payouts to Hurricane Sandy victims. The members asked the House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman to convene a hearing to look at how FEMA handled charges that insurance companies… Read the rest of this entry »
WASHINGTON — A key U.S. House committee voted Wednesday to limit to three years the time the Federal Emergency Management Agency can demand repayments from disaster victims. The restriction was included in legislation reauthorizing the agency, which passed the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and now goes to the House floor. The three-year limit does not… Read the rest of this entry »
MINEOLA, N.Y. — A $24 billion sea of red ink has millions of Americans in vulnerable flood zones, including homeowners still struggling to recover from Hurricane Sandy, facing steep increases in flood insurance premiums. New legislation that went into effect this month — the second time in two years Congress has tweaked the troubled National Flood… Read the rest of this entry »
Funding approved for replacement of bridge over Pews Creek
Middletown Committeman Tony Fiore, Congressman Chris Smith and Middletown Mayor Stephanie Murray inspect the Bay Ave Bridge on the second anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, October 29, 2014. MMM file photo
MIDDLETOWN, NJ – Monmouth County was informed that it would be receiving a $2 million reimbursement from Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for the replacement of Bray Avenue Bridge (MT-2) over Pews Creek in the Port Monmouth section of Middletown.
The $2,006,208 allocation represents a 90 percent reimbursement for the rebuilding of the bridge that has been closed since the tidal surge created by Superstorm Sandy overtopped the bridge and advanced the deteriorating condition of the bridge significantly.
“Residents and commuters in the Port Monmouth area will be glad to hear this news,” said Freeholder Thomas A. Arnone. “With the financing in place, the County’s Public Works and Engineering staff can now shift gears and move the Bray Avenue Bridge replacement project forward.”
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) – Federal Emergency Management Agency officials have agreed to reopen and review every flood insurance claim filed by Superstorm Sandy victims. The review will involve approximately 144,000 claims and not limit corrective action to 2,200 that are currently in litigation. The announcement comes following allegations of fraud involving the way some insurance companies… Read the rest of this entry »
Calls on Federal Flood Insurance Program head to work with Jersey Delegation to establish retrospective claims process
Congressman Chris Smith and Monmouth County Shaun Golden prepare to survey Hurricane Sandy damage. November, 2012
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Rep. Chris Smith (NJ-04), Dean of the New Jersey Congressional Delegation, announced today that he will be hosting a meeting with Brad Kieserman, Deputy Associate Administrator for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which oversees the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), in order to establish a new, workable process for revisiting and resolving all flood insurance claims brought by Sandy-affected homeowners. Kieserman agreed to the meeting to which Smith will invite the entire NJ congressional delegation.
“After a lengthy and productive phone conference with Mr. Kieserman, I look forward to hosting the meeting with the NJ delegation and getting to the bottom of these widespread and outrageous practices that are defrauding and cheating NJ Sandy victims, who are federal flood insurance policy holders,” Smith said. “I am pleased that FEMA has agreed with my and others’ request to review any and all potential underpayments to Sandy victims. We can now work together to establish a new, credible process moving forward.
WASHINGTON — The lawyer representing 800 Hurricane Sandy victims in New Jersey and New York today said any settlement with the Federal Emergency Management Agency needs to include homeowners who never pursued allegations of fraud after their claims were denied, as well as those who have yet to file. Steve Mostyn, a Houston-based trial lawyer, said… Read the rest of this entry »