Scotch Plains Gets $1.2 Million For Sandy Cleanup

U.S. Sens. Frank Lautenberg (left) and Robert Menendez (right)

U.S. Sens. Frank Lautenberg (left) and Robert Menendez (right)

WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Senators Frank R. Lautenberg and Robert Menendez  today announced that Brick Township and Scotch Plains Township will receive more than $2.5 million in federal Sandy aid to reimburse the towns for the costs of repairs and debris cleanup in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. The funding is distributed through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Public Assistance program.

“These federal grants will help promote the continued resurgence of our local communities in Sandy’s aftermath,” said Lautenberg, a member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security, which funds FEMA. “We’ll keep working to help provide New Jersey’s towns and cities with federal resources to rebuild stronger and be prepared for the next storm or emergency event.”

“Communities throughout New Jersey sustained Superstorm Sandy’s impact, from shore towns like Brick to towns further inland such as Scotch Plains. The initial response and clean-up efforts made by our dedicated personnel in these communities helped New Jersey take the first steps toward recovery,” said Menendez, who helped lead New Jersey’s delegation in the fight for federal Sandy relief. “This Sandy relief funding will help Brick and Scotch Plains cover debris removal costs incurred as a result of Superstorm Sandy. We will continue to fight for federal resources to aid our recovery and help all of New Jersey come back better and stronger than ever before.”

Details of the two grants follow:

  • $1,338,746.43 to Brick Township for dock repairs at the Traders Cove Marina.
  • $1,229,583.21 to Scotch Plains Township for the cleanup of debris as a result of Superstorm Sandy.

In January, the President 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.

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