WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Jeff Chiesa (R-NJ) today announced $65,844,978.44 in federal Sandy relief grants for Jersey City, the N.J. Department of Environmental Protection and the Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission for repairs to public facilities and clearing of waterways that had been affected by Superstorm Sandy. The grants are provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Public Assistance grant program.
"This funding helps cover many of the costs associated with restoring critical public facilities and utilities damaged by Superstorm Sandy," said Senator Menendez, who helped lead the New Jersey delegation in the fight for federal Sandy relief. "Federal Sandy relief not only helps the communities and agencies that receive it, but also helps the entire state continue on its path to full recovery from the storm. And I am committed to making sure that New Jersey continues to receive the resources we need to come back better and stronger than before the storm."
"These dollars will go toward helping 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.
This funding announcement includes $1,857,784.37 for Jersey City for costs associated with repair City Hall.
It also includes $59,741,908.65 for the N.J.D.E.P. for the removal of sand and sediment debris in navigable waterways, and $5,245,285.42 to the Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission for repairs to the utility's clarifier building, where the entire electrical and water purification system was either damaged or destroyed by flooding brought on by 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.