WASHINGTON, D.C. – The N.J. Department of Transportation will receive more than $5 million to reimburse debris removal costs incurred after Superstorm Sandy, New Jersey’s U.S. senators announced today. The grants are provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Public Assistance grant program.
“Superstorm Sandy brought New Jersey its worst transit disaster, and costs associated with the initial cleanup efforts were substantial,” said Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), who helped lead the New Jersey delegation in the fight for federal Sandy relief. “This federal funding helps alleviate some of the burden of the state’s cleanup costs after Sandy helping our long-term recovery. I will continue to fight for federal resources like these to help make sure New Jersey comes back better and stronger than before the storm.”
“Communities faced with the lingering costs of debris removal are shouldering an enormous, unanticipated financial burden. These funds will help in the ongoing recovery, and continue to provide our cities and towns with resources they desperately need,” said Senator Jeffrey Chiesa (R-NJ.)
In January, President Barack Obama 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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