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Sens. Menendez, Booker Announce $10M in Sandy Recovery Funding

June 3, 2014

(NEWARK, NJ) – U.S. Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) today applauded the announcement by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) awarding the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection $10 million in Sandy recovery funding through its Public Assistance grant program to bolster its mitigation effort to buyout and demolish 187 flood-prone properties in Woodbridge.

“Throughout the fight for federal Sandy relief on Capitol Hill, I emphasized the need for New Jersey to not just rebuild – but to rebuild better and stronger than before the storm,” said Sen. Menendez. “This grant is critical to enable the state to buyout flood-prone properties in Woodbridge that have sustained damage not just from Sandy, but from nearly every severe weather event. And it will help keep our communities moving forward on the road to full recovery.”

“I am pleased to join my colleague Senator Menendez in announcing funding to advance recovery efforts for New Jerseyans who live and work in Woodbridge,” said Sen. Booker. “In order for New Jersey’s residents and businesses to thrive, it is important that our state has the support needed to restore structural stability. The demolition of these flood-prone properties is an essential part of our commitment to continue the task of moving our entire state towards complete recovery.”

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.