Superstorm Sandy News

Participation Dwindles in Home Rebuilding Initiative in New Jersey

More than 15,000 homeowners, whose properties sustained damage during Superstorm Sandy, applied for acceptance into New Jersey’s largest rebuilding initiative, the Rehabilitation, Reconstruction, Elevation and Mitigation (RREM) program. Now, almost two years after RREM began accepting applications, 8,300 remain engaged …

FEMA Chief on Sandy Flood Insurance Claims: ‘We Want to Fix This’

The head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency says he wants to fix what went wrong with the process of paying flood insurance claims following Superstorm Sandy. Craig Fugate told the first meeting of a congressional task force in Washington …

Hurricane Sandy Judges Demand Clearing of Settlement Roadblocks

Federal officials and flood insurance companies were chastised by a panel of New York judges for imposing delays on settlements with hundreds of Hurricane Sandy victims who alleged their claims were wrongfully denied or underpaid. Officials with the Federal Emergency …

2 N.J. Towns Get Federal Grants for Buyouts of Flood-Prone Homes

Two New Jersey towns will share $7.5 million in federal grants to fund the acquisition and demolition of homes in flood-prone areas. Woodbridge will receive more than $3.8 million to buy and demolish 98 homes and Manville will receive $3.7 …

N.J. Consumers to Receive 1-Page Summary of Their Homeowners Coverage

The New Jersey Department of Banking and Insurance announced that starting in June, New Jersey consumers buying or renewing homeowners, condominium, renters, mobile home, or dwelling fire insurance policies will receive a one-page summary of their policy that clearly explains …

NYC Officials Cheer $3B Federal Grant for Sandy Aid

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and Sen. Chuck Schumer praised the Federal Emergency Management Agency for authorizing $3 billion in federal funding to repair and protect city housing developments damaged by Superstorm Sandy. It is the largest single block …

NYC Comptroller Finds $6.8M Misspent for Superstorm Sandy Relief

New York misspent $6.8 million after Hurricane Sandy in payments to independent consultants for flawed and incomplete work that delayed help to at least 20,000 people with damaged homes, city Comptroller Scott Stringer said. The Office of Housing Recovery Operations …

New Jersey Couple Sues Insurer Over Sales Tax Dispute

A New Jersey couple sued an insurance company on March 13, claiming it defrauded them out of the sales tax in their Superstorm Sandy claim, and their lawyer said others might also have been affected. Charles and Beverly Mooney sued …

FEMA Sets Up Review Process for Sandy Flood Claims

In light of recent allegations that some insurers in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) may have denied or rejected Superstorm Sandy flood damage claims based on falsified reports, the Federal Emergency Management Agency is now prepared to reopen “every …

FEMA to Impose More Oversight on Flood Insurers, Engineering Firms

Federal disaster relief officials are keeping a closer eye on companies that help it provide flood insurance, following allegations by Hurricane Sandy victims that claims were denied or underpaid based on manipulated engineering reports. A spokesman for the Federal Emergency …