Sens. Menendez, Booker Announce More than $1 Million in Sandy Relief to Howell Township

Sens. Menendez, Booker Announce More than $1 Million in Sandy Relief to Howell Township

NEWARK, NJ - U.S. Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) today announced the awarding of a $1,193,545.67 federal Sandy relief grant through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Public Assistance grant program for cleanup of damage sustained in Howell Township.

"This grant award helps keep New Jersey on its path to full recovery from Superstorm Sandy," said Sen. Menendez. "This vital federal funding helps relieve the burden felt in hard-hit communities like Howell. I remain committed to ensuring our state continues to receive the resources necessary to come back better and stronger than before the storm."

"Communities throughout the state of New Jersey are still working hard to fully recover from Superstorm Sandy. I am pleased that today's funding will offer a measure of relief for the residents of Howell Township," Sen. Booker said. "I look forward to working with FEMA to continue the work of full recovery to restore structural stability for all of the families, businesses and homes in our state."

The FEMA grant will reimburse Howell for 90-percent of the cost for the use of force account and contractors for the loading, hauling, and grinding of debris. More than 48,000 cubic yards of downed trees and other vegetative debris was removed from public roads and properties, taken to a staging area and recycled into woodchips and mulch.

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