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 »

Federal Flood Insurance Reformer Quits

IMG_3871 (640x427)Brad J. Kieserman, the federal official assigned to reform the National Flood Insurance Plan and to re-open thousands of Superstorm Sandy related claims amid allegations that thousands of homeowners were short changed, has resigned his post in order to take a job at the Red Cross, according to a report on Newsday.

A 28 year employee of the federal government, Kieserman took on the reform of NFIP only 3 months ago in February. FEMA annouced four months ago that it would settle every disputed case but only about a dozen checks have been issued.

Appearing in Hoboken last week with U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker, as well as Highlands residents Kerry and Jamie Gowan who where representing the 70,000 New Jersey residents with claims to be reviewed by FEMA, Kieserman pledged that the government would do better in the tasks of “people caring for people.”

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Posted: June 2nd, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: FEMA, Hurricane Sandy, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, RREM, Superstorm Sandy | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

FEMA will soon contact Sandy homeowners who may want to reopen their damage claims

assetContent (3)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 »

Posted: April 28th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: FEMA, Hurricane Sandy, Monmouth County, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, Superstorm Sandy | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on FEMA will soon contact Sandy homeowners who may want to reopen their damage claims

Case against Menendez won’t be easy for prosecutors, experts say

Dr. Salomon Melgen, left and Senator Robert Menendez

Dr. Salomon Melgen, left and Senator Robert Menendez

HACKENSACK, N.J. — Federal prosecutors face many hurdles in making their corruption case against New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez, indicted Wednesday on charges of accepting close to $1 million in gifts and campaign contributions to benefit a wealthy Florida donor and friend, said several white-collar defense experts. The details in the indictment will likely raise the… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: April 2nd, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Bob Menendez | Tags: , , | Comments Off on Case against Menendez won’t be easy for prosecutors, experts say

Menendez prosecutors face several obstacles

menendez cryWASHINGTON—To show that Sen. Bob Menendez’s relationship with a prominent donor crossed the line from politics into political corruption, the government faces several hurdles that could make a quick conviction difficult, experienced white-collar defense attorneys said. Menendez, D-N.J., has said repeatedly that he has done nothing wrong, and on Saturday several defenders — Republicans and Democrats… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: March 8th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Bob Menendez | Tags: , | Comments Off on Menendez prosecutors face several obstacles

Menendez spokeswoman: ‘Senator’s actions have been appropriate and lawful’

assetContent (53)WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez’s actions on behalf of Dr. Salomon Melgen were “appropriate and lawful,” his spokeswoman said today. The spokeswoman, Tricia Enright, was responding to reports by CNN, citing people briefed on the case, that Menendez would soon be indicted on corruption charges. UPDATE: Menendez to speak about alleged corruption charges Menendez (D-N.J.)… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: March 6th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Bob Menendez | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Menendez spokeswoman: ‘Senator’s actions have been appropriate and lawful’

Seeking FEMA Money For ‘The Full Universe Of Victims’

assetContent (51)New Jersey’s two U.S. senators say the number of Hurricane Sandy cases currently in federal court doesn’t begin to represent all the victims harmed by the government’s “unfair” process to recover insurance claims after the storm. Those victims, lawmakers say, are entitled to FEMA settlements. On Friday, Democratic Sens. Robert Menendez and Cory Booker wrote to… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: March 1st, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Bob Menendez, Cory Booker, FEMA, Flooding, Hurricane Sandy, National Flood Insurance Plan, Superstorm Sandy | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off on Seeking FEMA Money For ‘The Full Universe Of Victims’

Menendez aides attemp to avoid testifying in grand jury probe of senator, report says

assetContent (50)TRENTON — A current aide and a former counsel to U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez are refusing to testify in front of a grand jury about alleged favors the senator did for a political donor by citing a constitutional clause, according to a report. According to court documents obtained by the New Jersey Law Journal, the aides… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: February 28th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Bob Menendez | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off on Menendez aides attemp to avoid testifying in grand jury probe of senator, report says

Barack Obama’s Frenemy: Democratic Senator Bob Menendez

menendezJust across the Hudson River from Manhattan lies Union City, New Jersey. With 68,000 citizens it’s gritty, working class and a beautiful piece of Americana. For decades it had the largest concentration of Cuban-Americans outside of Miami. Some came to the town before the Cuban revolution in 1959 that put Fidel Castro and his Marxist government… Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: February 7th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Barack Obama, Bob Menendez, Cuba, Iran | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on Barack Obama’s Frenemy: Democratic Senator Bob Menendez

Menendez on Obama Cuba deal: ‘I think it stinks’

assetContent (1)SAYREVILLE — U.S. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) today blasted President Obama’s decision to begin re-establishing diplomatic relations with Cuba and easing economic restrictions imposed on the communist country. “I think it stinks,” Menendez, the son of Cuban immigrants and the outgoing Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman, said at a press conference on new financial help for Hurricane… Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: December 18th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Bret Schundler | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on Menendez on Obama Cuba deal: ‘I think it stinks’