Sens. Menendez, Booker Announce $4.6M in FEMA Sandy Relief

Sens. Menendez, Booker Announce $4.6M in FEMA Sandy Relief

NEWARK, NJ - U.S. Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) today announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded New Jersey a combined $4,627,409.89 in federal grants to help the Garden State on its road to recovery from Superstorm Sandy.

"The work in New Jersey is still not done," said Sen. Menendez. "These grant awards help keep New Jersey on its path to full recovery from Superstorm Sandy. I will continue to fight for federal funding to ensure our state continues to receive the resources necessary to come back better and stronger than before the storm."

"There's more to be done to ensure that New Jersey fully recovers from the damage inflicted by Superstorm Sandy, but today's funding announcement is another step in the right direction," Sen. Booker said. "It will take continued vigilance to ensure that our state receives the funding it is due. I look forward to working with FEMA and Senator Menendez to continue bringing these vital resources home."

FEMA today announced that it has increased New Jersey's National Emergency Grant (NEG) award by $3,599,600 to a total of $19,191,000. In November 2012, $15,591,400 was initially awarded to create 1,000 temporary jobs for eligible individuals to assist with clean-up and recovery efforts resulting from the effects of Superstorm Sandy. The funding was originally restricted for use on projects in the eight affected counties, but later extended for use statewide. The new monies will fund the hiring of 60 additional workers.

In addition, FEMA announced today the allocation of $1,027,899.89 to Toms River for the use of contractors for the repairs to Ortley Beach roads damaged as a result of Superstorm Sandy. These repairs include but are not limited to repaving of road surfaces, cleaning of catch basins and drainage pipes, the re-construction of Ocean Terrace and Avenue, replacing concrete sidewalks and aprons, and installing traffic striping and signage.

The President signed the Superstorm Sandy Supplemental Appropriations bill into law last January, 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.