Now That Sandy Aid Has Passed, Question Turns to Who Gets What

January 30, 2013 at 12:01 pm

Details on the distribution of the Hurricane Sandy relief aid are scarce, but officials say Gov. Christie’s office will have to apply for funds.

A state badly in need of Sandy aid will have to wait a little while. According to U.S. Senator Frank Lautenberg’s office, the governor’s office will have to send detailed applications to HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan, the Obama administration’s Sandy overseer, for approval. Christie Press Secretary Michael Drewniak told us today, “It’s not coming in one check.”

“We don’t want to raise expectations,” Drewniak said. “How much of the $50 billion storm relief package is coming to New Jersey can’t be answered with specificity.” Some will come through the U.S. Department of Transportation, Drewniak said.

Some will come through the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) for small businesses. Some will come through the Department of Community Affairs for housing issues.

We asked Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, who lives in hard-hit Monmouth Beach, what her expectations are.

“I can tell you two things. First, the president hasn’t yet signed it as of me standing up here, although we’re watching it very carefully. The second is ‘not fast enough.’ My next door neighbor is a single mom with two kids. She hasn’t been in her house in 92 days. Her kids go to two different schools because the schools are still closed. So the answer to the question I think is very simple — not fast enough,” Guadagno said.

Continue reading about this and more at NJ Today.

Mutual of America PSEG


MetroFocus is made possible by James and Merryl Tisch, the Anderson Family Fund, Judy and Josh Weston, Bernard and Irene Schwartz, the Sylvia A. and Simon B. Poyta Programming Endowment to Fight Anti-Semitism, Sue and Edgar Wachenheim III, the Cheryl and Philip Milstein Family, The Dorothy Schiff Endowment for News and Public Affairs Programming, Jody and John Arnhold, Rosalind P. Walter, Ellen and James S. Marcus, the Dr. Robert C. and Tina Sohn Foundation, Laura and Jim Ross.


© 2017 WNET All Rights Reserved.

825 Eighth Avenue

New York, NY 10019