N.J. to shift Sandy relief money to program for lower-income residents

TRENTON — New Jersey plans to shift nearly $30 million in Hurricane Sandy relief aid into a rebuilding program for low-to-moderate income residents whose homes were damaged in the storm, state officials announced on Monday. The money will be diverted from three other Sandy-related programs, including one that provides grants to towns to maintain essential services… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: July 6th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Hurricane Sandy, Monmouth County, Monmouth County News, Superstorm Sandy | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

Will Sandy recovery help or hurt Christie? | Di Ionno

Today, Jon Bon Jovi is hosting a $1,000-a-plate fundraiser for Hillary Clinton in his French Chateau overlooking the Navesink River. It’s a mile from Jyll Jakes’ neighborhood in Sea Bright, where every other house remains boarded up. “It’s a still mess down here. I think people have forgotten how bad it is,” said Jakes, who credits… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: June 29th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: 2016 Presidential Politics, Chris Christie, FEMA, Flooding, Hurricane Sandy, Monmouth County, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, Superstorm Sandy | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

3-year foreclosure ban proposed for Sandy-damaged homes

As the recovery from Hurricane Sandy drags on for the thousands of residents still not yet back in their homes, a bill cleared an Assembly panel on Monday afternoon that supporters said would offer storm victims “breathing room” while rebuilding their homes. But an opponent of the measure, which proposes a three-year stay on foreclosure proceedings… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: June 22nd, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Hurricane Irene, Monmouth County, Monmouth County News, Superstorm Sandy | Tags: , , , | 1 Comment »

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

FEMA official: Government let Hurricane Sandy victims down

FEMA  Official Brad Kiesrman is leaving the agency for the Red Cross

FEMA Official Brad Kiesrman is leaving the agency for a job with the American Red Cross

WASHINGTON — The U.S. government let victims of Hurricane Sandy down as it failed to provide adequate compensation for their damages, the outgoing head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s national flood insurance program told a House committee Tuesday. “We are settling claims. we are reviewing claims, and we are going to reform this program,” said… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: June 2nd, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Hurricane Sandy, Monmouth County News, National Flood Insurance Plan, New Jersey, Superstorm Sandy | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on FEMA official: Government let Hurricane Sandy victims down

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 »

Highlands Couple Represents Sandy Victims Cheated By Flood Insurance Adjusters

Kerry and Jamie GowanKerry 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.

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Posted: May 29th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: FEMA, Highlands, Hurricane Sandy, NJTV, Superstorm Sandy | Tags: , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Highlands Couple Represents Sandy Victims Cheated By Flood Insurance Adjusters

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’