U.S. Senators Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Robert Menendez (D-NJ) today announced a total of nearly $15.5 million in federal funding for two projects related to Superstorm Sandy response and recovery. The Atlantic Highlands Harbor is set to receive nearly $14.5 million for the rehabilitation and repair of the Atlantic Highlands Harbor Piers, and the North Hudson Sewerage Authority will receive more than $1 million for its Superstorm Sandy response efforts. The funding is provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Public Assistance program.
"The full force of Superstorm Sandyhitthe Atlantic Highlands Harbor, where the docks and piers were left in desperate need of repair after the storm. In Hoboken, the North Hudson Sewerage Authority worked through the storm to reduce the impact of Superstorm Sandy on our water infrastructure and keep its facilities operational. This federal aid will help cover the cost of these emergency actions and repairs," said Lautenberg, a member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security, which funds FEMA. "As New Jersey continues to recover, we'll keep fighting to make sure that our state receives the help it needs to recover and rebuild stronger."
""This is critical funding that will be applied to two areas that were significantly impacted by Superstorm Sandy," said Senator Menenedez, who helped lead New Jersey's delegation in the fight for federal Sandy relief. "Whether it's in the Atlantic Highlands Harbor, a water utility serving the city of Hoboken, Jersey Shore towns, or North Jersey communities that were severely flooded by the storm -- federal resources like these are a vital part of New Jersey's long term recovery. And I am committed to fighting for these resources to make sure New Jersey comes back better and stronger than before the storm."
Details of the two grants follow:
$14,486,495 to Atlantic Highlands Harbor for damages caused by Superstorm Sandy to the Marina Piers, which includes access ramps, observation decks, launching ramps, floating docks, gangways and railings.
$1,001,805 to reimburse the North Hudson Sewerage Authority for equipment and contractors used in pre-storm preparedness as well as emergency measures to keep and restore the operations of their treatment facilities and pump stations during and after 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.
Public Assistance grants are awarded by FEMA on a rolling basis after receiving applications from the state, which coordinates the process with local governments.