Menendez, Booker Announce Nearly $7.6M in Federal Sandy Relief

Menendez, Booker Announce Nearly $7.6M in Federal Sandy Relief

Funding for Projects in Woodbridge, Manville


NEWARK, NJ – U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker (both D-NJ) today announced the awarding of $7,562,563 in Sandy relief funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and Somerset County for costs related to Superstorm Sandy.

“Nearly three years after our state’s worst natural disaster, our neighborhoods still endure the scars of Sandy and need to move forward toward the path to full recovery,” said Sen. Menendez. “I will continue to fight for critical resources like this to ensure homeowners and local communities can both recover and rebuild.”

“Buyouts of flood-prone homes are important part of New Jersey’s long term recovery from Superstorm Sandy, said Sen. Booker. “This funding will go a long way to help families move from flood prone areas and keep our residents safe from future storms. I will continue to work to ensure FEMA lives up to their commitment to help New Jerseyans fully recover.”

The specific grant awards:

• $3,862,563 to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP)
To fund the acquisition and demolition of flood prone properties in Woodbridge, Middlesex County, NJ. The cost share for these activities is coming from the NJDEP's elevation program.

• $3,700,000 to Somerset County Acquisitions (Borough of Manville)
To fund the acquisition and demolition of102 properties in the community of Manville Borough.

In 2013, the President signed the Superstorm Sandy Supplemental Appropriations bill into law, bringing the total Sandy aid enacted by Congress to $60.2 billion. The funding package included federal aid to help homeowners, businesses, and communities recover, and resources to rebuild coastal, transportation, and water infrastructure.

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