October 6, 2022 | njspotlightnews.org
“The system is not fixed. It’s by far not fixed,” Jody Stewart told lawmakers at a joint Assembly committee hearing Thursday on storm preparedness and post-storm assistance. Stewart and other Superstorm Sandy survivors spoke about what happened after their homes were flooded 10 years ago — how they lost everything and had to negotiate through a bureaucratic minefield to get desperately needed aid to recover and rebuild. But regulators now want to claw back some of that money, claiming it was an overpayment by the government.
NJ SEED: Unfortunately mishandling of funds by bureaucrats is not unique to Super Storm Sandy. The storm revealed weaknesses in the state’s ability to respond to natural disasters but a decade later efforts to implement solutions still lag.