Friday, May 24, 2013
State, federal officials expected to be on hand to assist local residents and discuss recovery and rebuilding efforts.
State officials are taking their cabinet meeting on the road next week. The Office of Gov. Chris Christie announced Friday that it will hold mobile cabinet office hours in Moonachie on Wednesday from 1 to 6 p.m. Moonachie and Little Ferry were among the Bergen County towns most severely impacted by Superstorm Sandy. “Representatives from state and federal agencies, including the Governor’s Office of Constituent Relations, the Department of Banking and Insurance, Department of Environmental Protection, Department of Community Affairs, the Business Action Center, FEMA and the National Flood Insurance Program, will be on hand to assist residents and discuss ongoing recovery and rebuilding efforts,” according to a release from the governor’s …
Gov. Christie appeared at Seaside Heights boardwalk Friday to promote the Jersey Shore
The Jersey Shore is officially open for summer, Gov. Chris Christie said as he spent Friday morning in Seaside Heights promoting tourism in New Jersey. Early Friday, Christie appeared on NBC's Today Show, which broadcast its morning news program live from Seaside Heights. The governor later cut a ceremonial ribbon—a Guinness World Record at over five miles long—to officially declare the shore open. "It's an incredible day for New Jersey," Christie said in remarks. "I'm so thrilled that this morning we're here with the whole country welcoming the Jersey Shore back." After being battered by Superstorm Sandy, many businesses on the boardwalk are open and welcoming customers, though others continue to make repairs. Despite some grey skies, …
Friday, May 3, 2013
18 of 20 largest sewage spills in the northeast were reported in New Jersey and New York.
New Jersey saw approximately 5.1 billion gallons of untreated or partially treated sewage flow into waterways in the weeks and months following Superstorm Sandy, according to new data released by Climate Central. In total, the eight states hardest-hit by the storm had 11 billion gallons flow into canals, rivers and bays. "To put that in perspective, 11 billion gallons is equal to New York’s Central Park stacked 41 feet high with sewage, or more than 50 times the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The vast majority of that sewage flowed into the waters of New York City and northern New Jersey in the days and weeks during and after the storm," the Climate Central report said. Data included in the report was compiled from state agencies and …
Sunday, April 7, 2013
Habitat for Humanity of Bergen County held its first annual 5k run to support its ‘Repair. Rebuild. ReStore.’ program in Little Ferry over the weekend at the Oradell Reservoir
Over 150 runners hit the ground running on Saturday in the first annual Habitat for Humanity of Bergen County 5k Race to Build for Little Ferry victims from Hurricane Sandy. The race, which raised over $3,523 to benefit the affiliate’s "Repair. Rebuild. ReStore" Hurricane Sandy rebuilding program in Little Ferry, was held at United Water's offices in Harrington Park next to the Oradell Reservoir. Habitat Bergen has embarked on a long-term commitment of rebuilding in Little Ferry over the next 18 to 24 months. To date, Habitat Bergen has completed work in five homes with the help of two GM Mobile Response Units fully equipped with Bosch and Lowe’s tools.
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Small Business Administration has already approved more than a half billion dollars for home and business owners
Thursday, March 21
An April 1 deadline is approaching for New Jersey home and business owners seeking federal aid for damages wrought by Hurricane Sandy last year. The Small Business Administration has already approved 9,562 disaster loans worth $631 million to Hurricane Sandy victims, they said Wednesday. Of that total, 8,754 loans for $548 million went to homeowners and renters, while business owners have received 808 loans for $83 million, according to an official with the SBA. In Bergen County almost $19 million has been approved for 298 home loans and 44 business loans. The federal government late last year offered low-interest loans to owners of homes and small businesses in Bergen County for damage or other losses related to Hurricane Sandy. Up to $…
Monday, March 18, 2013
State data shows number of homes damaged by Sandy and the average cost of that damage across New Jersey by municipality.
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Monday, March 18
Superstorm Sandy inflicted damage on a combined 94 homes and rental units in Fair Lawn and Saddle Brook, according to an analysis of New Jersey Department of Community Affairs data by NJSpotlight.com. Eighty Saddle Brook homeowners reported minor damages from the historic storm, while four suffered "major" damage, defined as between $8,000 and $28,800 in storm costs. Damage under $8,000 was considered "minor." Two Saddle Brook rental units took damage in the storm -- one suffering minor damage and the other suffering severe damage, defined as over $28,800 in storm costs. Fair Lawn, by contrast, had only seven homes damaged in the storm, but all suffered major damage. One rental unit in Fair Lawn took minor damage. The average Federal …
Thursday, February 21, 2013
'Climate change, once considered an issue for a distant future, has moved firmly into the present,’ reads open letter to American people.
By Tom Johnson, NJ Spotlight It is no secret that Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc on New Jersey power's grid, leaving millions of customers without electricity -- many for a week or longer. Get used to it, warns a new report. Extreme weather is likely to increase not only in frequency but intensity, and the nation’s energy facilities will continue to suffer major disruptions, particularly those located in coastal regions, according to a draft National Climate Assessment report. The likely consequences of those storms and of a warmer planet will be to ramp up peak electricity demand in regions like the Northeast, requiring additional generation and distribution facilities to be built, the report said. For consumers, that could mean as much as…
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
All proceeds from merchandise and beer sales benefit storm charities.
Wednesday, February 20
Pub dwellers can raise a pint and raise money for superstorm Sandy victims with the debut of FU Sandy draft. The hybrid white ale (the FU stands for Forever Unloved, of course) is a special brew created by New Jersey's own Flying Fish Brewing Co. All proceeds are dedicated to Sandy-related charities, and Flying Fish hopes to raise at least $50,000 from beer and merchandise sales. Flying Fish founder Gene Muller said the brewery "knew immediately that we wanted to do something to help" after Sandy struck, the Huffington Post reports. "Every single aspect of this beer, from the man-hours spent brewing it to the hops used to season it to the kegs that will contain it, has been donated so every cent brought in goes to superstorm Sandy victims…
Thursday, January 31, 2013
NJ Motor Vehicle Commission, Division of Consumer Affairs launch database of vehicles damaged by the storm.
More than 50 Porsches, five Rolls Royces and three Ferraris are among the thousands of flood-damaged and salvaged vehicles collected in a new database in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. The New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission and Division of Consumer Affairs has announced a partnership designed to help the public determine whether they are unknowingly purchasing a vehicle damaged by the storm. According to a release from the Attorney General's Office, there was a 6,000 percent spike in flood-damaged and salvage vehicle titles throughout the past three months, following the storm. According to state law, if a vehicle has suffered such damage that it is not practical to repair or it has been declared a loss by the insurer, the owner of …
Friday, January 4, 2013
U.S. House of Representatives approved funding for the National Flood Insurance Program.
The U.S. House of Representatives approved a measure late Friday afternoon allowing the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to borrow $9.7 billion to pay insurance claims made by victims of Hurricane Sandy. The bill, HR 41, temporarily increases the borrowing authority of FEMA to allow the agency to carry out payment claims made by property owners to the National Flood Insurance Program. Congress moved to approve the funding stop-gap Friday after concerns were raised that aid for Sandy victims had been delayed too long. The House, specifically, Majority Speaker John Boehner, R-OH, came under fire for tabling a Sandy aid package until after the New Year. Congress is expected to vote on two additional bills authorizing more than $…