Senator Jennifer Beck (R-11), a member of the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee, responded to testimony provided by Department of Community Affairs (DCA) Commissioner Richard E. Constable, III and Department of Environmental Protection (DEP ) Commissioner, Robert Martin during Senate Budget Hearings this morning:
“It’s clear from Commissioner Constable and Martin’s testimony that the DEP and DCA are well engaged in the process of helping residents of theJerseyShorerecover from the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy.
“I have held meetings with the DCA, the DEP and officials from aroundMonmouthCountyto discuss the needs of my towns and how state can improve the rebuilding process while addressing the needs of those most affected. The Departments have been very helpful and receptive to input from local leaders.
“My office is working with Ocean Grove to get them the public funding needed to repair their boardwalk. We have met also met with officials from communities that containSharkRiverand the DEP to address the dredging needs. AfterSandy, the importance of dredging the river has been amplified significantly.
“I hope the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) will expeditiously approve DCA’s action plan allowing theSandyrecovery effort to continue moving forward. Once approved, $150,000 grants will be available to help eligible resident and $50,000 grants to eligible businesses to help rebuild, mitigate and repair.”