Sens. Menendez, Chiesa & Reps. Sires, Pascrell Announce More Than $2.8 Million in Sandy Relief for Jersey City, Passaic Valley

Sens. Menendez, Chiesa & Reps. Sires, Pascrell Announce More Than $2.8 Million in Sandy Relief for Jersey City, Passaic Valley

WASHINGTON, DC -U.S. Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Jeffrey Chiesa (R-NJ), and U.S. RepresentativesAlbio Sires (D-NJ) and Bill Pascrell (D-NJ)announced today over $2.8 million in Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) funding to the Jersey City Incinerator Authority and Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission (PVSC) for cleanup efforts and repairs needed as a result of Superstorm Sandy.

"When Superstorm Sandy hit New Jersey last year, our communities stepped up and helped families and businesses clean up after the storm," said Senator Menenedez, who helped lead New Jersey's delegation in the fight for federal Sandy relief. "It's almost one year since Sandy impacted the lives of so many New Jerseyans and I'm glad to see this much-needed funding going to Jersey City and Passaic Valley. I will continue to fight for the communities hit by the storm until we come back better and stronger than before."

"These resources help our communities continue recouping the substantial costs incurred during and after Superstorm Sandy," said Senator Chiesa. "I commend FEMA for their continued attention to the New Jersey recovery and providing our cities and towns with the resources they desperately need."

"Nearly a year later, our communities in New Jersey are still working to clean up the destruction left by Sandy. I am pleased that Jersey City was awarded the proper resources necessary to remove harmful debris and restore the City," stated Congressman Sires.

"Wastewater treatment facilities like PVSC provide a critical service in protecting our environment and the public's health, so their recovery must remain a priority," said Congressman Pascrell. "These federal funds will help PVSC rebuild following Sandy's devastation, andI will continue to fight to ensure our utilities have the resource they need to rebuild and be better prepared for future disasters."

Details of the FEMA grants:

  • Jersey City Incinerator Authority - $1,185,708.08 to pay for the loading, hauling, and disposal of debris following the storm.
  • Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission - $1,696,580.33 for extensive repairs to the Operation Engineering Maintenance Building that was severely damaged as a result of over 11-foot flooding in the building.

FEMA obligates funding for these projects directly to the State. It is the State's responsibility to ensure that the eligible sub-grantees receive these awards.Following the State's review process and upon receipt of appropriate documentation, they will provide funds to the sub-grantees on a reimbursable basis.