Legislature and Governor Work Together to
Improve Sandy Recovery Process
On August 10, 2015, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed the Sandy Transparency Bill, S-2825/A-4316, into law. This new legislation requires the Department of Community Affairs to provide both renters and homeowners impacted by Superstorm Sandy with information about when they can expect to receive assistance.
Fair Share Housing Center Associate Director Adam Gordon said,
“We would like to thank the Legislature and the Governor for this important step toward ensuring transparency for Sandy victims as they rebuild. We would especially like to highlight the leadership of Senate President Sweeney, who has fought from the start for a full and fair recovery from Sandy, and bill sponsors Senator Linda Greenstein and Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo, for their hard work to forge bipartisan support for these important measures.”
“Nearly three years after Sandy devastated the homes of thousands of New Jersey residents, too many are still awaiting the federal recovery funds that have been allocated to help them rebuild. We are pleased that this legislation holds the Department of Community Affairs accountable to Sandy victims and hope that it speeds the rebuilding process.”
The Housing and Community Development Network of New Jersey (the Network) encouraged passage of the bill and applauded the governor’s action. Staci Berger, the Network’s President and CEO said,
“Providing Sandy survivors with easy access to timely information about their status is critical to getting people back into their homes and communities. For the many families who are still struggling to rebuild their homes and their lives after Sandy, this legislation is an important step in the right direction. This will allow them to find out quickly and easily where they stand in the process which will help them make the best decisions for their future.”
The Network organized advocates to pressure the Governor to sign this critical legislation.