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Massachusetts Governor Asks for Snow Disaster Declaration

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker formally asked the federal government on Friday, March 27, to declare a disaster in 10 Massachusetts counties after a relentless series of winter storms brought record snowfall and frigid temperatures, causing 25 deaths and costing the …

N.J. Senate President: Bill to Give Sandy Victims Estimates of Aid Receipt

New Jersey residents still recovering from Superstorm Sandy would get individual estimates of when they can expect to receive rebuilding aid under legislation proposed by the state Senate president. Steve Sweeney says his bill is designed to increase transparency and …

Mass. Gov. Baker: Federal Officials Encouraging on Disaster Relief

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker said Monday he’s gotten encouraging signs from federal officials as he’s begun reaching out to them with Massachusetts preparing a formal request for disaster relief following the spate of snowstorms. Back home after a National Governors …

FEMA Found to Have Overpaid Florida Residents by $177M

The federal agency that provides grants to states following a major catastrophe is under fire for providing Florida residents an estimated $177 million in funds that should have been covered by private insurers. A recent report by the Department of …

Audit Says Georgia’s Cobb County Owes FEMA $558,000

A federal audit says Cobb County in Georgia must repay about $558,000 it received from the Federal Emergency Management Agency after a severe storm in 2009. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports the audit found the county received dual payments from insurance …

HUD OKs New Jersey’s Plan for Spending $1.46B in 2nd Round of Sandy Aid

New Jersey is a step closer to its goal of helping the thousands of people on waiting lists for Superstorm Sandy rebuilding assistance now that the federal government has approved its plans for spending $1.46 billion in the second round …

New Jersey Superstorm Sandy Aid Plan Approved

The federal government has informed New Jersey that it has approved its plan to spend $1.46 billion in its second round of state-controlled Superstorm Sandy recovery funds. Department of Housing and Urban Development spokesman Patrick Rodenbush said a letter was …

Christie: All Eligible Sandy-Damaged Homes in N.J. Will Get Funding to Rebuild

All New Jersey homeowners who were put on a waiting list for the state’s signature post-Superstorm Sandy housing program will receive funding to rebuild, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Wednesday. Christie said at a town hall-style meeting in Stafford …

N.J.’s Congressional Delegation Raises Sandy Concerns With HUD Chief

Members of New Jersey’s congressional delegation have raised concerns about delays in helping homeowners recover from Superstorm Sandy. The lawmakers met with Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan in Washington on May 8. They say Donovan has made a …

New Jersey Dispersed Just 25% of Federal Sandy Aid in 11 Months

New Jersey officials say they dispersed just 25 percent of the state’s first large allocation of federal Superstorm Sandy aid in the first 11 months. That is a finding of a quarterly state report released last week on the dozens …