Moonachie, Little Ferry mayors seek more help as towns rebuild

EAST RUTHERFORD – The mayors of Moonachie and Little Ferry, two working-class and blue-collar towns in Bergen County, suffered extensive damage from superstorm Sandy, saying many municipal properties, schools, and emergency vehicles were damaged.

They are calling on FEMA to provide more funding in order to relieve taxpayers of bigger financial burdens, which they told a  Senate Budget Committee are already being incurred in the rebuilding.

Some 80 percent of Moonachie was inundated by Sandy, said Mayor Dennis Vaccaro. He and Little Ferry Mayor Mauro Raguseo said they are anticipating tax appeals from residents and business owners alike.

More than 200 students from Moonachie are going to school in nearby Wood-Ridge, the committee was told. Classes are taking place in various municipal buildings, said committee Chair Sen. Paul Sarlo, (D-36), who is also mayor of that town.

Several police cars and fire trucks were also damaged.

Vaccaro estimates some $12 million of damage occurred in Moonachie, which has just 2,000 residents.