Politicians Vow to Block FEMA From Taking Mistaken Sandy Aid

By | January 20, 2015

  • January 20, 2015 at 11:31 am
    Don Quixote says:
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    “While I understand the importance of reducing waste, fraud, and abuse in the system, the efforts to do so should not be made on the back end of this process in a way that punishes disaster victims with an unaffordable bill.”

    So the rest of us taxpayers become the “Unfortunate victims”? Seems a bit unfair to me. There must have been a reason these people did not qualify for aid. Perhaps they were wealthy friends of certain politicians…?

  • January 20, 2015 at 1:32 pm
    KY jw says:
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    I’m going out on a limb here: since the “mistaken” aid didn’t have to be repaid after Katrina I don’t see it happening after Sandy. I don’t agree with it though. If you were overpaid, you should have to return the money.

  • January 20, 2015 at 2:47 pm
    Joe Engel says:
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    Senator Menendez’s comment that they should not have to pay for someone else’s mistake is just the reason that our deficit is so huge. If a check was wrongly issued for $1 million, oh well – let the taxpayer eat it and hopefully we will spend your money more wisely next time.

  • January 21, 2015 at 9:01 pm
    George KAsimos says:
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    Please understand the 500,000 folks damaged by Superstorm Sandy are not welfare recipients. I for have never even collected unemployment insurance.

    FEMA is a totally mismanaged organization.

    FEMA has damaged us more than Sandy ever did.

    FEMA is forcing over 100,000 people to raise their homes at a cost of 150K each.
    How is the average person supposed to pay for a mortgage and a rental while their home is being rebuilt then raised?

    Areas in NY and NJ are still ghost towns. Good, hardworking middle class americans are losing their homes mostly because of the unrealistic and changing requirements of FEMA.

    Out of the 65 Billion dollars, only 3 billion dollars is going toward helping folks rebuild. The rest is being wasted on programs and things not even remotely connected to Sandy. Weather stations in upstate NY. Money to Nasa, money being spent in the midwest.

    Please understand that a majority of us had flood insurance. The problem is that our flood insurance, overseen by fema, has paid us 30 cents on the dollar, if that. Fema has been the biggest stumbling block to our recovery.

    Keep in mind 10 years after Katrina, FEMA still has not rebuilt high schools and hospitals it was in charge of rebuilding.

    I truly understand what President Reagan meant when he said
    “The scariest thing for a US citizen to hear are ‘I am from the federal government and I am here to help you'”.

    Thank you and keep us in our prayers.

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