Senators Menendez, Chiesa Announce More Than $3 Million in Federal Sandy Relief for Union County, Borough of Longport

Senators Menendez, Chiesa Announce More Than $3 Million in Federal Sandy Relief for Union County, Borough of Longport

Funds will reimburse repairs, debris removal costs

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Jeff Chiesa (R-NJ) today announced $3,034,907.35 in federal Sandy relief grants for Union County and the Borough of Longport to reimburse costs incurred as a result of Superstorm Sandy. The grants are provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Public Assistance grant program.

"Whether it's for a county government recouping cleanup costs, or a Jersey Shore community repairing storm damage, every bit of Sandy relief moves New Jersey forward in our recovery from the storm," said Senator Menendez, who helped lead the New Jersey delegation in the fight for federal Sandy relief. "I am very glad to see this Sandy relief coming to Union County and the Borough of Longport, and I will continue to fight for the federal resources we need to continue the progress on our recovery."

"These dollars will go toward helping the communities of Union County and the Borough of Longport so they may 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 funding announced today includes $1,166,993.55 for Union County to reimburse for costs associated with the loading, hauling, and disposal of debris.

An additional $1,867,913.80 has been granted to the Borough of Longport for the repair of the Atlantic Ave. Point Jetty, the 11th Ave. Interior Jetty; the 11th Ave. Terminal Groin.

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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