Statewide Hearing on Federal Funds for Sandy Recovery Coming to Stockton

It is the first of three hearings scheduled to discuss $1.46 billion in additional federal funding.

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The first of three statewide hearings the state’s use of plan to spend $1.46 billion in additional federal funds to help New Jersey residents and businesses recover from Superstorm Sandy takes place at The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey next week.

The college’s Galloway campus will host the hearing in the Performing Arts Center on Tuesday, Feb. 11 from 4-7 p.m.

The state proposes spending $735 million on housing assistance programs, with $450 million of that going to low-to-moderate-income families.

Another $535 million would go to infrastructure programs, including providing reliable power to critical public facilities including hospitals, shelters and wastewater treatment plants; and to provide flood protection for high-risk areas.

The plan also includes:

* $90 million in funding for local governments impacted by Sandy to maintain essential services;

* $10 million to demolish unsafe flood-damaged structures;

* $5 million to help affected municipal zoning and code-enforcement offices respond to the influx of applications to rebuild; and

* $5 million for marketing tourism at the shore.

After the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded $1.83 billion of Community Disaster Block Grant (CDBG) funds last April, the state said it will continue to make Sandy recovery a top priority. This is the second round of funding aimed at helping the nine counties most impacted by the storm, including Cape May, Ocean, Atlantic, Monmouth, Middlesex, Bergen, Essex, Hudson and Union.

CDBG Disaster Recovery funds are intended to support local rebuilding efforts after private insurance, FEMA, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), or other available sources of funds have been applied, the state said.

The state will provide Spanish-language translators, sign language interpreters and other services at the hearing o make the event accessible to more members of the public. State officials and representatives of federal agencies are expected to attend and provide additional information.

A copy of the proposed plan is available on the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs website.

The plan was developed with input from residents, lected officials, long-term recovery groups and other stakeholders in New Jersey.

A 30-day period for public comment on the plan ends March 5. Comments submitted during that period will also be incorporated into the plan.

Written comments can be submitted by email to sandy.publiccomment@dca.state.nj.us or can be provided by mail to the following address:

Attn: Gabrielle Gallagher, NJ Department of Community Affairs, ‘

101 South Broad Street, Post Office Box 800, Trenton, New Jersey 08625-0800.

The second hearing takes place Feb. 12 at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) in Essex County. The final hearing is scheduled for Feb. 13 at Brookdale Community College in Monmouth County.

anonymous February 04, 2014 at 11:51 AM
People you must read the plan. Go to this meeting we all must stay completely involved with the process this time. They will try something again so lets be there to catch it before the relief money runs out. anonymous
propertywatcher February 04, 2014 at 12:32 PM
Why have they sat on this money for so long? I'm serious...not being sarcastic. Our City has soooo many abandoned (unattractive) properties, empty lots (rebuilding plans on hold or abandoned) and damaged properties!!! People have been displaced, misplaced or just left to resume life elsewhere. It's been 16 months since the "Storm of the Century" and there's less known today than 1 yr. ago!!! I grew up in South Florida and went thru many hurricanes (Hurricane Andrew was life changing).....this amount of time to re-build IS NOT NORMAL!!!! Don't let ANYONE tell you DIFFERENTLY!!!
Mac February 04, 2014 at 12:57 PM
Is the Seaside Park boardwalk hawker providing transportation for all the displaced homeowners whose relief his welfare payment trumped them out of? Is Freeholder Vicari making plans for a county bus convoy to these out-of-county locations? One might think this year's GOP Freeholder candidate would be outraged that the part of the Jersey Shore that took the hurricane's direct hit was being shortchanged again by his own party. Since when does our Governor have a problem with photo-ops in Toms River? By the way Galloway, welcome to Toms River political control. Your the latest addition to southern Ocean County. You should have worked harder to get a Patch newspaper in Little Egg Harbor.
anonymous February 04, 2014 at 01:10 PM
&lt;p&gt;This is your chance to make an impact! You have the opportunity to make public comment at these hearings, or to submit written testimony. We are here to help you bring your voice to the table.&lt;/p&gt;</description> This is what they are claiming so lets hold them to it. anonymous
propertywatcher February 04, 2014 at 01:21 PM
Thank you "anonymous" for the link. We refurbished our house already (we were lucky and only had loss of our HVAC and 1st floor sub-floor). I don't think I could make an impact that they would address. I see this whole City suffering and just in limbo. I cannot even image what Seaside Heights is like! I would have been pissed if they worked on our boardwalk for the cameras (last summer) and left all the homeowners out in the cold!!!!
anonymous February 04, 2014 at 01:30 PM
You must sign up to make a comment at this event. Step 1 - Sign up ASAP if you would like to testify at one of the hearings - there are limited spaces. I know many of you have something to say to these trusted officials so let then hear you.
Sean Conneamhe February 04, 2014 at 04:46 PM
"Impeach Christie..."


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