Today, U.S. Senators Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Robert Menendez (D-NJ) announced more than $3.4 million in federal funding to Brigantine and Piscataway Township through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The grants, which total $3,471,205.25, will reimburse the municipalities for the costs of debris cleanup as a result of Superstorm Sandy.
"When Superstorm Sandy slammed into New Jersey, officials in Brigantine and Piscataway moved quickly to protect residents and clean up debris," said Senator Lautenberg, a member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security, which funds FEMA. "I'll never forget visiting families and touring Brigantine with President Obama after the storm, and I'm pleased this funding will help them cover costs for emergency work and allow them to focus on rebuilding and being better prepared for the next storm. As New Jersey continues to recover, we'll keep fighting to make sure that every city and town has the help it needs to recover and rebuild stronger."
"When Superstorm Sandy struck, New Jersey communities like Piscataway and Brigantine were tested like never before, and there are still many challenges to face as the work toward recovery continues," said Senator Menendez, who helped lead the New Jersey delegation's fight for federal Sandy relief. "Federal reimbursements for costs associated with the initial response to Superstorm Sandy are critical to our state's overall recovery. I will continue fighting for the federal resources we need to help all New Jersey communities rebuild even better and stronger than before the storm."
Lautenberg and Menendez met with local families and toured damage in Brigantine with President Barack Obama immediately following the storm.
Details of the two grants follow:
$1,637,608 to Brigantine for the costs of debris cleanup as a result of Superstorm Sandy.
$1,833,596 to the Township of Piscataway for the costs of debris cleanup as a result of Superstorm Sandy.
In January, the President signed the Superstorm Sandy Supplemental Appropriations bill into law, bringing the total Sandy aid enacted by Congress to $60.2 billion. The funding package included federal aid to help homeowners, businesses, and communities recover, and resources to rebuild coastal, transportation, and water infrastructure.