Congressman Chris Smith’s Bill Would Allow Sandy SBA Loans To Be Paid Off By HUD Grants

Congressman Chris Smith and Monmouth County Shaun Golden prepare to survey Hurricane Sandy damage. November, 2012

Congressman Chris Smith and Monmouth County Shaun Golden prepare to survey Hurricane Sandy damage. November, 2012

Congressman Chris Smith (R-NJ4) introduced legislation yesterday that, if enacted, would allow Superstorm Sandy victims who borrowed from the Small Business Administration to fund the rebuilding to their homes and businesses to repay those loans with the proceeds of grants from the federal department of Housing and Urban Development.

The Equity for Disaster Victims Act, co-sponsored by Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez (D-NY),  would correct a con perpetrated by the government on Sandy victims in the aftermath of the strom and reform the federal government’s disaster relief programs to ensure fairness and flexibility.

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Posted: July 14th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County | Tags: , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

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: , , , | 1 Comment »

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”

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

Sandy contractor who bilked customers convicted of not registering in N.J.

assetContentFREEHOLD — A Pennsylvania man who claimed to be a home improvement contractor to victims of Hurricane Sandy has been convicted of failing to register his services with the state, officials said on Tuesday. After a two-day trial in Freehold last week, a jury found Daniel F. Sterling, 43, of failure to register as a home… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: March 30th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Sandy contractor who bilked customers convicted of not registering in N.J.

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 »

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 »