Dem leaders want monitors to oversee post-Sandy rebuilding

TRENTON – Senate President Steve Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver called today for integrity monitors to oversee post-Sandy recovery work to protect against fraud and abuse.

Sweeney and Oliver stated they are working on legislation that will determine the role and the responsibilities of the monitors.

“As billions and billions of dollars pour into New Jersey for Sandy recovery, it is essential that we ensure those taxpayer dollars are spent wisely and on their intended purpose,” Sweeney said in a release.

Oliver said, “The enormous taxpayer investment being placed in a recovery process of this magnitude requires extreme circumspection. In some cases, whole communities must be rebuilt and that requires accountability and transparency to ensure that these funds are being spent as they were intended.”

Up to $30 billion in federal funds is expected to be available to help New Jersey rebuild communities, they said, adding that monitors were used by then-Mayor Rudolph Giuliani at the World Trade Center after the 9/11 attacks.

They said they intend to work with the governor’s office to put their plan in place.

Dem leaders want monitors to oversee post-Sandy rebuilding