RREM’d again: Some Sandy Victims Have Second Thoughts About Reopening Insurance Claims

Sandy Maglio and her husband Louis stand on the back deck of their home in Beach Haven West, which was damaged during Sandy. Sitting with her husband on the back deck of their home on a quiet cul-de-sac in the Beach Haven West section of Stafford Township, Sandy Maglio looks out on a channel where her…

Posted: June 12th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: FEMA, Hurricane Sandy, Monmouth County News, National Flood Insurance Plan, New Jersey, Superstorm Sandy | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on RREM’d again: Some Sandy Victims Have Second Thoughts About Reopening Insurance Claims

Sandy victims just want to go home

assetContentSTAFFORD — If Joe Karcz had gone with his gut, he’d be home by now, instead of staring at his empty lagoon-front lot in Stafford Township. A disabled construction worker, Karcz, whose home was badly damaged by Hurricane Sandy’s storm surge, first thought he’d rehab it on his own, but then decided to get the funding… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: May 29th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Christie, Christie Administration, Hurricane Sandy, RREM, Superstorm Sandy | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Sandy victims just want to go home

N.J. pays fired housing recovery firm $7M to settle Sandy dispute

Thomas J Largey of Sea Bright questions Governor Christie abouth Hammerman & Gainer Inc at Middletown Town Hall Meeting on Feb 20,2013. Asbury Park Press Editor Randy Bergmann in background.

Thomas J Largey of Sea Bright questions Governor Christie abouth Hammerman & Gainer Inc at Middletown Town Hall Meeting on Feb 20,2013. Asbury Park Press Editor Randy Bergmann in background.

TRENTON —The state is paying a fired Hurricane Sandy housing recovery contractor another $7 million to settle a dispute over $21 million the company insisted it was owed after fewer than eight months of services that were plagued by stagnation, delays and inefficiencies. The state Department of Community Affairs announced the settlement with Louisiana-based Hammerman &… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: May 23rd, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on N.J. pays fired housing recovery firm $7M to settle Sandy dispute

Sandy bill clears Senate; Sweeney says storm victims ‘deserve answers’

0054A bill that aims to address ongoing problems raised by homeowners and advocates about New Jersey’s handling of Hurricane Sandy relief aid cleared the state Senate on Monday. The bill ( S2825), which was introduced by Senate President Stephen Sweeney in March, requires the state to give applicants in certain grant programs personalized timelines showing when… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: May 19th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Hurricane Sandy, RREM, Stephen Sweeney, Superstorm Sandy | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Sandy bill clears Senate; Sweeney says storm victims ‘deserve answers’

N.J.’s Sandy spending dipped in first quarter of 2015, report shows

IMG_5425The pace of spending on Hurricane Sandy disaster programs in New Jersey waned in the first three months of this year compared to the previous quarter, a new report shows. Roughly $180 million in federal recovery funds were handed out in New Jersey in the last quarter, according to the state’s latest report to the federal… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: May 6th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Christie Administration, Hurricane Sandy, New Jersey, Superstorm Sandy | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on N.J.’s Sandy spending dipped in first quarter of 2015, report shows

‘We need help desperately,’ residents tell state officials at Sandy hearing

assetContent (3)TOMS RIVER — The state plans to spend most of the half billion dollars in Hurricane Sandy recovery funding allocated to New Jersey in the final round of aid from the federal government on affordable rental housing programs and grants for people who want to rebuild. But residents who spoke at a public hearing today in… Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: January 7th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Christie Administration, Hurricane Sandy, RREM, Superstorm Sandy | Tags: , , , | 1 Comment »

Buyer’s remorse: Loans impacting grant money for Sandy victims

assetContent (15)NEW YORK (AP) — When Superstorm Sandy left Denise Erickson’s home with a collapsed foundation, a loan from the Small Business Administration looked like the best deal in town. She got more than $150,000 from the SBA to help fix her family’s Bellmore home, but the loan has left her with a $651 monthly payment and… Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: December 15th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: FEMA, Hurricane Sandy, Monmouth County, Superstorm Sandy | Tags: , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Highlands Hero Gets RREM’d

After Closing On A RREM Grant, DCA Says A New Home For Vietnam Vet Is Not In The Cards

By Art Gallagher

Russell Card Jr removes his "family crest" from his family's home in Highlands in preparation for demolition . Photo via facebook

Russell Card Jr removes his “family crest” from his family’s home in Highlands in preparation for demolition . Photo via facebook

A Vietnam Veteran from Highlands and his 65 year-old wife had their expectations of a new home  crushed last week when their RREM approved builder informed them that a stop work order had been placed on their project by the Department of Community Affairs, with no explanation.   The family had prepared their house for demolition, based upon promises from DCA/RREM, and now fear they will be without a home.

Russell Card, a 72 year-old Vietnam Veteran from Highlands closed on his $150,000 RREM grant on July 28.  He put up his $18,000 escrow to cover the difference between the cost of the project and the amount granted.  Card, his wife Maureen and son Russell Jr, 35, prepared their home (which was built in the 1890’s and in the family since 1933) for demolition.   They moved most of their belongings into a POD on their immaculately maintained property and moved themselves into an apartment the size of the living room in the Bay Avenue house they have lived in since 1986.  By mid-September all the utilities were disconnected at the house and it was ready for demolition before their new home would be built.  The funding for the new home was the RREM grant, a gap grant of $30,000 from Gap Funding Initiative and $17,762 that was remaining from a $55,000 grant Mrs. Card had received from her employer, CareOne, after Sandy filled their home with eight feet of water on October 29, 2012.

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Posted: October 1st, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Christie, Christie Administration, DCA, Department of Community Affairs, FEMA, Flooding, Highlands, Housing, Hurricane Sandy, Monmouth County, RREM, Superstorm Sandy | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 10 Comments »

N.J. Congressman: Sandy funds still needed for infrastructure, businesses

N.J. Congressman: Sandy funds still needed for infrastructure, businesses (via NJ.com)

FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP – While public officials welcomed the news that the latest round of Hurricane Sandy recovery money will cover the New Jersey’s unmet need for housing funds, one congressman says that the funding does not go far enough. U.S. Rep…

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Posted: May 30th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Smith, Hurricane Sandy, RREM, Superstorm Sandy | Tags: , , , | 1 Comment »

NJ has distributed less than 25 percent of Sandy aid

NJ has distributed less than 25 percent of Sandy aid (via NJ.com)

About a year after the federal government allocated $1.8 billion to New Jersey to rebuild after Hurricane Sandy, the state has distributed less than a quarter of the disaster relief aid, according to a new report. State officials, however, claim they…

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Posted: May 4th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Christie Administration, RREM, Superstorm Sandy | Tags: , , | Comments Off on NJ has distributed less than 25 percent of Sandy aid