Senators Booker, Menendez announce $1.3M for Jersey City’s Sandy recovery


U.S. Sens. Cory Booker and Bob Menendez (both D-NJ) have announced nearly $1.3 million in federal funding to the Jersey City Municipal Utilities Authority (JCMUA), allocated for Hurricane Sandy relief.

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By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Specifically, a $1,289,231.10 Sandy relief grant, through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), was issued to the JCMUA to repair the Clendenny Ave. outfall and drainage ditch damaged by Superstorm Sandy.

The grant will cover 90 percent of the project’s total cost, according to Menendez’s office.

“This federal funding will provide critical support to Jersey City as it works to make its neighborhoods and infrastructure more resilient to withstand future storms,” Menendez said in a statement.

“While our state continues on its path to full recovery from Superstorm Sandy, we must recognize there is still much work to be done. I will not stop fighting until New Jersey homeowners and local communities receive the resources they need to rebuild better, stronger than before the storm.”

Booker added that the grant is not only another step in New Jersey making a full recovery for Hurricane Sandy, but is also an example of being proactive in the event the Garden State is hit with another major natural disaster.

“The grant announced today not only brings us one step closer to recovery but also makes our state more resilient to future storms. I look forward to continuing my work with Sen. Menendez to ensure that FEMA and the federal government remains committed to New Jersey’s recovery.”

Two JCMUA outfall pipes that service Clendenny Ave. were damaged by Sandy’s storm surge and tidal action. Approximately 600 linear feet of the 60-inch steel outfall pipe became misaligned and impacted with sediment and debris brought in from the surge, Menendez’s office explained.

Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop was thankful for help the city received to repair and enhance a “critical infrastructure.

“This substantial federal grant will assist us in both the repair and enhancement of critical infrastructure,” Fulop said in a statement.

“We are thankful to Senator Menendez and Senator Booker for their support and advocacy for Jersey City’s continued recovery from Superstorm Sandy as we work to create a stronger and more resilient city.”

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