Two Years After Sandy, Getting Help to NJ Residents
Almost two years after Sandy struck the Garden State, problems persist in getting relief aid to businesses and homeowners who suffered extensive damage in areas hardest hit by the superstorm.
"What this bill does, really, is just to prioritize the money, the funding, for municipalities most affected and try to get it there quicker," he said. "In some cases, some areas that weren't affected hardly at all or not at all saw some money and it didn't get to the people who were most affected. That's not good; this money is needed for rebuilding and reconstruction efforts."
The bill would require the governor to allocate federal and state disaster relief to towns in proportion to the relative amount of damage suffered by businesses and homeowners within the municipality.
Mazzeo said in his own district, that includes Brigantine and Ventnor, "there are some places still waiting for the funding while other towns around us saw some funding from the Sandy relief funds. You would think, after two years now, that wouldn't necessarily be a bill put through to do this, but it is."
He stressed this is not just a problem in South Jersey.
"I hear it from other Assembly people and other senators that the money hasn't been distributed properly, and it's no secret," he said. "We have to make a little noise here to get the money to where it needs to go."
The bill will first be considered by the Assembly State and Local Government Committee.