$27M more in Sandy-related funding on way

TRENTON – More Sandy-related assistance is headed New Jersey’s way.

More than $19 million in post-Superstorm Sandy relief is headed to Bayonne, the Bayshore Regional Sewerage Authority and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to help pay for restoration projects.

The grants were announced by U.S. Sens. Bob Menendez and Cory Booker.

Earlier today, the state announced that $8.2 million in federal funds will help launch a program to help seniors and disabled residents whose homes were damaged by Sandy.

Homeowners could receive up to $5,000.

Under the first program, Bayonne will receive $1.1 million for repairs to the G. Thomas DiDomenico Park.

The Port Authority will get $1.3 million for repairs to the New Jersey Terminal Administration Building.

And the Sewerage Authority was approved for $16.5 million to repair incinerators.

“This funding will help pay for rebuilding projects of critical public facilities that were profoundly affected by Superstorm Sandy,” Menendez said in a release.

Regarding the second initiative, the Home Repair and Advocacy program may include replacement of interior wall boards, mold remediation, restoration of heating and cooling systems, fixing electrical systems, and other work.

“What makes this program unique is that we have included an advocacy component to help people who qualify, every step of the way,”  Human Services Deputy Commissioner Lowell Arye said in a release. “We will give them the personalized advice and support they need to make their homes livable.”

One of the post-Sandy complaints legislators heard in hearings this year from some homeowners was the lack of such personalized responsiveness by state agencies.

$27M more in Sandy-related funding on way