Lawmakers vote to limit FEMA’s ability to demand repayments from disaster victims

assetContent (74)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 »

Posted: April 16th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Congress, FEMA | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

Millions, including Sandy victims, facing hikes in flood insurance premiums

assetContent (4)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 »

Posted: April 12th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: FEMA, Flood Maps, Flooding, Hurricane Sandy, National Flood Insurance Plan, Superstorm Sandy | Tags: , , , , , , , | No Comments »

Christie, Army Corp Announce $202 million Flood Control Project In Union Beach (Video)

Governor Chris Christie came to Union Beach today announce the funding of a resiliency and flood control project that has been on the drawing board since 1995.

Photo by Paul Scharff

Photo by Paul Scharff

The project plans have been updated since Superstorm Sandy and will include:

  • The massive flood control project – funded by federal, state and local contributions – will consist of construction of levees, floodwalls, tide gates and pump stations.
  • The project will also rebuild beaches, dunes, and groins, which are jetty-like structures that are designed to slow loss of sand from beaches.
  • In addition, more than 25 acres of degraded wetlands will be restored to help better absorb flood waters.

The majority of funding for the massive flood control project will come from the federal government at $132 million. New Jersey will fund about $57 million and Union Beach will provide $17 million.

“Union Beach has long been one of the most susceptible areas to coastal flooding in New Jersey, a vulnerability that was made all too real when Sandy slammed the town with its record 14-foot storm surge,” said Governor Christie. “As part of our long-term recovery strategy, this $202 million resiliency project will finally give this close-knit community the protection they need and the sense of security they deserve to withstand future storms.”

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Posted: April 8th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Army Corp of Engineers, Chris Christie, Hurricane Sandy, Monmouth County, Superstorm Sandy, Union Beach | Tags: , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Sandy Recovery Problems Still Dog Christie as He Mulls Run for President

More than anything else, Sandy was the one, single event that catapulted Gov. Chris Christie to national prominence. He was ever-present in his blue fleece jacket, comforting storm victims, making the rounds on the Sunday talk shows, and touring damaged boardwalks. “We are in this together,”… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: April 8th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: 2016 Presidential Politics, Chris Christie, Hurricane Sandy, Superstorm Sandy | Tags: , , , , | 1 Comment »

N.J. had to withdraw, resubmit request to change Sandy grant 15 times, federal audit shows

assetContentNew Jersey had to withdraw and resubmit a request to modify a federal emergency grant awarded after Hurricane Sandy 15 times due to technical glitches with the grant’s online system and incomplete information during a seven-month delay in approval that put cleanup efforts at risk, according to an audit released on Monday. The federal audit said… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: March 31st, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Christie, Hurricane Sandy, Superstorm Sandy | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off

Hazlet contractor indicted for allegedy bilking Sandy victim out of $120K

assetContent (60)FREEHOLD – A 43-year-old Hazlet home improvement contractor was indicted by a Monmouth County grand jury Monday for theft after he allegedly took $120,000 from a Hurricane Sandy victim and then failed to begin the work, the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office said. Edward Capriani, 43, of Line Road in Hazlet, was arrested in December after an… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: March 26th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Crime, Crime and Punishment, Hazlet, Monmouth County, Monmouth County Prosecutor | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off

Christie’s ‘randomly’ chosen Boy Scout at town hall wasn’t left entirely to chance

IMG_4882 (640x416)TRENTON — Gov. Chris Christie’s “randomly” chosen question from a Boy Scout at a town hall meeting last week wasn’t left entirely to chance, though luck did play a small part. In Freehold last Tuesday afternoon, the governor took a question from 12-year-old Zachary Seemar, a Boy Scout from Brick Township whose family lost its home… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: March 22nd, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Christie, Hurricane Sandy, Monmouth County, Superstorm Sandy | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off

Sandy victims forced to pay thousands of dollars or remain in the dark

assetContentIn an area of the Jersey Shore most devastated by Sandy, a power company is forcing many homeowners who rebuilt their houses higher to spend thousands of dollars to also raise the utility poles and electric lines. One homeowner had to pay $20,000, after the stand-off stopped his rebuilding for months, he said. It’s not clear… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: March 17th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Hurricane Sandy, JCP&L, Superstorm Sandy | Tags: , , | Comments Off

Golden Hammer: Naval Weapons Station Earle employees misused funds after Sandy

NWS Earle LeonardoIn the wake of Superstorm Sandy, civilian workers at New Jersey’s Naval Weapons Station Earle used the base’s money to buy ceramic tile, molding and toilet partitions for their personal houses and exploited overtime pay – with some putting in and being approved for 24-hour work shifts during the disaster. In addition, the base’s public works… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: March 13th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Hurricane Sandy, Monmouth County, Monmouth County News, Superstorm Sandy | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

FEMA to review every Sandy flood insurance claim

IMG_3871 (640x427)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 »

Posted: March 13th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Bob Menendez, Cory Booker, FEMA, Hurricane Sandy, New Jersey, Superstorm Sandy | Tags: , , , | Comments Off