Assembly panels plan Sandy-related hearings

TRENTON – Several Sandy-related hearings are on tap this week.

In addition to the second Senate Budget Committee hearing today, scheduled to be held in East Rutherford, regarding the storm’s effects on New Jersey, the Assembly has several committee hearings slated for Thursday.

*Financial Institutions and Insurance: The panel will hear testimony regarding responsiveness of insurance companies and the extent of coverage available to help businesses and homes recover.

Very shortly after the storm hit, Gov. Chris Christie issued an executive order preventing insurers from imposing burdensome hurricane deductibles on victims, stating Sandy had been downgraded before landfall.

*Telecommunications and Utilities: This committee will take testimony regarding responsiveness of utilities and status of ongoing work.

At the storm’s height, millions of houses and businesses lost power, and many languished weeks before electricity was restored.

*Higher Education: This committee will take testimony from officials of colleges and universities regarding what role higher education can play in recovery.

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The Senate Budget Committee also will address utility issues in the wake of Sandy. The panel will convene on Wednesday.

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Assembly panels plan Sandy-related hearings