WASHINGTON, D.C.-U.S. Senators Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Robert Menendez (D-NJ) today announcedthe second round of federal funding to help reimburseNew Jerseymunicipalitiesfor cleanup work completed in the wake of Superstorm Sandy. This round offunding includes more than $12.9 million inFederal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)Public Assistancefunding to reimburselocal governments for debris removal in Middletown, Howell, Eatontown, Asbury Park, Long Branch, and Beach Haven.

"This was a devastating storm and now our local governments -- those who did whatever it took to keep their neighborhood and residents safe -- need our help,"said Menendez."I'm pleased these additional municipalities will be reimbursed for the swift, emergency action they took. And we will continue working to ensure thateverylocal government will get the resources they need to help make up for the cost burden Sandy laid upon them, allowing them to fully recover and rebuild."

"In the wake of Superstorm Sandy, local governments acted quickly to keep families and communities safe, and this federal funding will help ease the burden of recovery costs for municipalities,"said Lautenberg, Vice Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security, which funds FEMA."These federal grants will help municipalities recover, but there is much more work to be done to ensure that our state can rebuild stronger than ever. We will continue working with state and local governments to provide federal resources forcities and towns across New Jersey."

FEMA is reimbursing local governments for the followingdebris removalcosts:

  • $4,062,255 forMiddletown
  • $1,312,500 forHowell
  • $1,506,000 forEatontown
  • $1,399,012 for Asbury Park
  • $1,055,475forLong Branch
  • $3,643,769 for Beach Haven

ThesePublic Assistance grants are awarded by FEMA on a rolling basis after receiving applications from thestate, which coordinates the process with local governments. These grants are the second of more rounds of municipal FEMAreimbursementsto be announced.

Lautenberg and Menendez are working in the Senate to increase the federal costshareof recovery efforts to90percentand ease the burden on state and local governments rebuilding from Superstorm Sandy.