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SBA Loans Impacting Grant Money for Sandy Victims

When Superstorm Sandy left Denise Erickson’s home with a collapsed foundation, a loan from the Small Business Administration looked like the best deal in town. She got more than $150,000 from the SBA to help fix her family’s Bellmore home …

GOP Fundraiser: N.J. Gov. Christie’s Sand Dune Plan Is ‘Stupid’

Plenty of oceanfront homeowners at the Jersey shore are unhappy with GOP Gov. Chris Christie’s plan to widen beaches and build protective sand dunes along the state’s entire 127-mile coastline. Among them is Lawrence Bathgate, one of the Republican Party’s …

Blue-Collar Workers Priced Out as Rich Snap Up Jersey Shore Homes

When Hurricane Sandy roared through New Jersey two years ago, it not only tore up the shoreline. It also pushed out much of the middle class. From Ocean City to Toms River, one-story cottages and bungalows damaged by the worst …

4 Sandy-Damaged NYC Hospitals to Get $1.6B in Federal Aid

New York City is getting at least $1.6 billion in Federal Emergency Management Agency funds to help public hospitals install floodwalls, flood proof elevators and otherwise become more storm-resilient, officials announced Thursday. The money for Coney Island Hospital in Brooklyn, …

2 Years After Sandy: Sea Bright, N.J., Prepares for Next Big Storm

Sea Bright, New Jersey, is a great example of how difficult it is to truly prepare a Jersey shore community for the next big storm. The low-lying community on a narrow strip of sand between the ocean and the Shrewsbury …

Human Factor, Culture Often Overlooked in Climate Debate, Expert Says

When Hurricane Sandy came, Deborah Star Reed stayed home. Irene, the year before, had been over- hyped. Her 1919 concrete house in New York was left unscathed by Donna in 1960 and the “Big One” of 1938. So, on Oct. …

After Sandy: Poll Finds ‘Social Resilience’ Key to Coping With Disasters

Neighbor helping neighbor. Trust in a community. Looking out for each other. An Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research survey suggests that those factors — collectively termed “social resilience” — have a big impact on how prepared communities feel …

2 Years After Superstorm Sandy: Are We Ready for Next Big Storm?

After Superstorm Sandy, officials in New York and New Jersey vowed to make sure the unprecedented destruction wouldn’t happen again. Two years later, would it? There are some concrete signs of tougher protections, from a nearly-finished sea wall protecting two …

Report on Infrastructure Upgrades Since Superstorm Sandy

Two years after Superstorm Sandy, would New York and New Jersey be better protected and prepared if such a storm struck again? A sampling of work on some key issues: • Flood Protection New York City: Many projects on the …

NYC Mayor: Sandy Home-Repair Program Working Better After Overhaul

A program to help New York City homeowners with Superstorm Sandy home-repair efforts has made progress following an overhaul, and is aiming to count up to 1,000 construction starts and 1,500 reimbursement checks by the end of the year, New …