Sandy Survivors Have Rights

Help Override Christie’s Veto of Sandy Bill of Rights

Lobby DayDespite passing the Legislature with strong, bipartisan support, the ‘Sandy Bill of Rights‘ was conditionally vetoed by Governor Christie.

On May 22, 2014, at a press conference in Manasquan, Senator Steve Sweeney announced he would seek a legislative override to move the bill forward. Unprecedented, an override would require 27 votes in the Senate and 54 votes in the Assembly.

The Housing and Community Development Network of New Jersey (the Network) has set up meetings with legislators pivotal to overriding the governor’s veto and urges you to join them for their June 5, 2014 Lobby Day to help explain why Sandy survivors need the ‘Sandy Bill of Rights.”

As more background on the Sandy Bill of Rights

The bill addresses many of the most common issues in the recovery process and provides enhanced rights for people applying for Sandy funds including but not limited to:

  • The right to a plain language explanation of the application process for any recovery funds;
  • The right to know why an application is rejected and to appeal that rejection with a specified timeframe;
  • The right to know current status of an application and position on any wait list;
  • The right to have funds distributed by amount of damage and not based on political or other considerations.

Click here to sign up for the Network’s Lobby Day.