FEMA wasted $3M on Hurricane Sandy N.J. field office, audit says

assetContentWASHINGTON — The Federal Emergency Management Agency spent as much as $3 million unnecessarily as it set up a New Jersey field office to coordinate its response to Hurricane Sandy, the agency’s watchdog said in a report released Monday. By waiting until the storm hit rather than make arrangements in advance, FEMA spent as much as… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: September 2nd, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: FEMA, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

Christie signs Sandy bill targeting recovery aid distribution

assetContent (53)TRENTON — Gov. Chris Christie on Monday signed a bill that requires the state to provide residents participating in major Hurricane Sandy recovery grant programs with personalized timelines outlining when they will receive help. The legislation ( S2825) also mandates that the state Department of Community Affairs establish quarterly goals for how much recovery aid it… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: August 11th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Christie, Department of Community Affairs, Hurricane Sandy, RREM, Superstorm Sandy | Tags: , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Christie signs Sandy bill targeting recovery aid distribution

Study reveals the hidden toll on Superstorm Sandy victims

IMG_9943 (800x534)Anyone touring the Shore quickly notices the lingering effects of Superstorm Sandy, with outward signs of damage still visible. The inward signs of damage, however, are harder to spot: Children who are nervous every time it rains, parents whose health problems mask underlying anxiety. A new study reveals that more than a quarter of the people… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: July 29th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: New Jersey, News, Superstorm Sandy | Tags: , , , , , | 2 Comments »

A Sandy recovery house from hell | Di Ionno

assetContent (43)The unfinished front stairs to Joseph Ready’s elevated house in Union Beach look like something out of the game “Mousetrap.” Skinny, rickety, with bare-bones framing, the stairs lead to a shaky, rail-less landing 20 feet in the air. Ready worries some kid will climb up on a dare and bring the whole thing down. “It’s an… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: July 24th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Hurricane Sandy, Monmouth County News, RREM, Superstorm Sandy | Tags: , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Businesses damaged by Sandy may get new chance to seek federal help

assetContent (9)WASHINGTON — The U.S. House of Representatives voted Monday to allow businesses damaged by Hurricane Sandy to again seek federal disaster loans. The legislation to reopen the application process was passed by voice vote in response to reports of delays in the Small Business Administration loan process, where the agency was overwhelmed by requests for assistance… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: July 14th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News, New Jersey, Small Business Administration, Superstorm Sandy | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Businesses damaged by Sandy may get new chance to seek federal help

Sea Bright favorite Donovan’s Reef reopens tiki bar post Hurricane Sandy

assetContentSEA BRIGHT — When borough resident Daniel Ekdahl heard that Donovan’s Reef was reopening its tiki bar on Friday afternoon, he was the first in line and bought the first beer they sold this season. He returned each day of the weekend. “I’ve known Donovan’s my whole life,” said Ekdahl, 33, remembering that his parents used… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: July 12th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Hurricane Sandy, Monmouth County, Monmouth County News, Sea Bright, Superstorm Sandy | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Sea Bright favorite Donovan’s Reef reopens tiki bar post Hurricane Sandy

Sandy-related contractor complaints piling up | Di Ionno

IMG_3871 (640x427)Weeds now envelop the pile of broken concrete slab where Nancy Wirtz’s home once stood. A swing set, bowed and rusted from neglect, is the only remnant of the place where she raised two children. It was a simple house, like most in the Forked River Beach section of Lacey Township. Compact and rectangular, it was… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: July 12th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Hurricane Sandy, Monmouth County News, Superstorm Sandy | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off on Sandy-related contractor complaints piling up | Di Ionno

Why New Jersey Got Billions Less Than New York in FEMA Disaster Aid After Sandy

2018In the two-and-a-half years since Superstorm Sandy, while the Garden State has struggled to recover, many people have puzzled over the question of why New Jersey has received substantially less federal aid than New York, even though both states suffered roughly the same amount of damage — close to $37 billion. Much of the focus has… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: July 9th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Christie, Christie Administration, Community Development Block Grant, Department of Community Affairs, EPA, FEMA, Hurricane Sandy, Monmouth County News, Superstorm Sandy | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

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: , , , , | Comments Off on N.J. to shift Sandy relief money to program for lower-income residents

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 »