Menendez, Chiesa Announce $1.2 Million in Federal Sandy Relief for the City of Newark

Menendez, Chiesa Announce $1.2 Million in Federal Sandy Relief for the City of Newark

Federal funding for costs associated with emergency response to the storm

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Jeff Chiesa (R-NJ) today announced $1,227,394.66 in federal Sandy relief grants to the City of Newark. The funding is provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Public Assistance grant program.

"Superstorm Sandy tested communities throughout New Jersey, including the state's largest city, like never before ," said Senator Menendez, who helped lead the New Jersey delegation in the fight for federal Sandy relief. "This funding will help the City of Newark recoup some of the costs associated with the initial emergency response to the storm. Reimbursements such as this are critical to our long term recovery, and I will continue fighting for the federal Sandy relief."

"These dollars will go toward helping Newark's communities and agencies continue essential operations during the ongoing recovery from Superstorm Sandy. I commend FEMA for their continued attention to the New Jersey recovery and will work to provide our cities and towns with the resources they desperately need," said Senator Chiesa.

The federal Sandy relief funding announced today covers costs associated with emergency protective measures to perform search and rescue operations, evacuations and to secure temporary facilities for facilities destroyed or damaged as a result of the storm.

In January, President Barack Obama 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.

Public Assistance grants are awarded by FEMA on a rolling basis after receiving applications from the state, which coordinates the process with local governments.

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