Saturday, February 16, 2013
Natural Disaster Designation announced for Morris, Sussex, Passaic and Warren counties.
Saturday, February 16
Federal relief is available for farmers in Morris, Sussex, Passaic and Warren counties, as they are among 14 New Jersey counties covered by a Natural Disaster Designation. Gov. Chris Christie today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has granted the designation in recognition of crop damage sustained from June to November, when the state suffered from drought, a nor'easter, flash flooding and superstorm Sandy. “Superstorm Sandy not only impacted our shoreline, but caused an immense amount of damage for our farmers, who already had suffered losses due to severe weather throughout the season,” Christie said. “While federal aid is already being provided through a variety of programs, now farmers will have additional federal …
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Steven Oroho, 24th Legislative District Senator, speaks out on potential deception of Hurricane Sandy victims.
Reports of a Sparta-based couple operating a unregistered charity in the name of Hurricane Sandy relief has drawn the attention of the 24th Legislative District's senator, Steven Oroho. In a report released Sunday by the Asbury Park Press, John Sandberg and Christina Terraccino are operating the Hurricane Sandy Relief Foundation — while using the same name of a charity legally registered by first lady Mary Pat Christie to solicit funds — while not being a tax-exempt organization, although it claims to be. “Any attempt to deceive good-willed residents or business owners into funding a fake charity is a serious criminal offense — attempting to capitalize off of Superstorm Sandy victims would be unforgivable and incomprehensible,” Oroho said …
Monday, February 11, 2013
Collapse of old system during Hurricane Sandy leads borough to make change.
Hopatcong will switch its emergency communications service to one operated by Honeywell Corporation. The Borough Council approved a resolution Wednesday accepting a three-year contract. Mayor Sylvia Petillo said the borough’s former emergency communication system collapsed during Hurricane Sandy, which left officials scrambling to find ways to get vital information to residents. The Hopatcong schools emergency communication system operated throughout the storm, Petillo said, but was only able to connect with residents with students in schools. She said the Honeywell system has built-in redundancy, as it broadcasts via the Internet from a site in Georgia and another in Minnesota. Borough administrator Robert Elia said the Honeywell system …
Sunday, February 10, 2013
Hurricane Sandy Relief Foundation not registered with state or IRS, Asbury Park Press reports
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Sunday, February 10
A superstorm Sandy relief organization run by a Sparta couple has collected nearly $1 million in donations despite not being registered as a charity, the Asbury Park Press reports. The Hurricane Sandy Relief Foundation, operated by John Sandberg and Christina Terraccino of Sparta, also uses the name of a charity legally registered by first lady Mary Pat Christie to solicit funds and is not a tax-exempt organization, although it claims to be, the paper reports. Sandberg and Terraccino defended the relief foundation, acknowledging that while there may have been missteps in the creation of the organization, neither had any ill intent. The report notes that the pair could be fined thousands of dollars for collecting money while not being …
Thursday, February 7, 2013
Downloadable app comes after customers demand better communication following Superstorm Sandy.
The parent company of Jersey Central Power and Light is touting its new mobile phone app, which the company says could be helpful during times of power outages. The app launched by FirstEnergy Corp. is free for its customers in the five states the company's utilities serve, and offers quicker access to outage maps, simplified reporting of outages, and access to personal account information. “Our new smartphone app and mobile website make it easier for our customers to stay in touch with us and conduct every-day transactions when they’re on the go, whether it’s reporting a power outage or paying a bill,” Ronald I. Green, vice president of Customer Service, said. “The new tools also make our simple and secure online bill payment programs …
Thursday, January 31, 2013
NJ Motor Vehicle Commission, Division of Consumer Affairs launch database of vehicles damaged by the storm.
More than 50 Porsches, five Rolls Royces and three Ferraris are among the thousands of flood-damaged and salvaged vehicles collected in a new database in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. The New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission and Division of Consumer Affairs has announced a partnership designed to help the public determine whether they are unknowingly purchasing a vehicle damaged by the storm. According to a release from the Attorney General's Office, there was a 6,000 percent spike in flood-damaged and salvage vehicle titles throughout the past three months, following the storm. According to state law, if a vehicle has suffered such damage that it is not practical to repair or it has been declared a loss by the insurer, the owner of …
Friday, January 25, 2013
Governing body recognizes police, EMTs, public works members and others for response.
Mayor Sylvia Petillo and the Borough Council gave thanks and presented certificates of appreciation to borough employees Wednesday for their efforts in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. Capt. Dan Rodriguez accepted the award for the ambulance squad; public works superintendent Ron Jobeless accepted the award for his department; dispatchers Liz Faatz and Pat Moschella were cited for their efforts; Fire Chief Wade Crowley, Police Chief Bob Brennan and Capt. Tina Kraus, who accepted the award for the police department, and emergency management coordinator Patrolman Robert Hafner were also honored. Councilman Michael Francis said the efforts “show the fiber of the community.” Petillo said many things happened during Sandy “that changed us …
Friday, January 4, 2013
U.S. House of Representatives approved funding for the National Flood Insurance Program.
The U.S. House of Representatives approved a measure late Friday afternoon allowing the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to borrow $9.7 billion to pay insurance claims made by victims of Hurricane Sandy. The bill, HR 41, temporarily increases the borrowing authority of FEMA to allow the agency to carry out payment claims made by property owners to the National Flood Insurance Program. Congress moved to approve the funding stop-gap Friday after concerns were raised that aid for Sandy victims had been delayed too long. The House, specifically, Majority Speaker John Boehner, R-OH, came under fire for tabling a Sandy aid package until after the New Year. Congress is expected to vote on two additional bills authorizing more than $…
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Governor delivers harsh words for Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Gov. Chris Christie is placing blame for the lengthy delay in approval of a Hurricane Sandy Relief bill squarely on the shoulders of combative U.S. House of Representative Republicans, specifically Speaker John Boehner. Christie offered a scathing rebuke of Boehner and waffling Republicans during a press conference in Trenton Wednesday afternoon, saying Congress has failed in its primary purpose, to protect its own citizens. Residents of New York and New Jersey are being used as pawns in a game of politics, he said, and that's why this country's citizens "hate" Washington D.C. "Last night, politics was placed before help for our citizens," Christie said. "For me, it was disappointing and disgusting to watch." Christie said he and New York …
Christie, Cuomo, local representatives react to Congress shelving $60 billion in recovery money.
Officials from states hardest hit by Superstorm Sandy blasted Congressional Republicans on Wednesday for not passing a bill that would fund $60 billion toward recovery efforts. In a release, Sen. Frank Lautenberg said the move denies aid to "families, communities and businesses that were devastated by one of the worst storms to ever hit the United States. “Denying emergency aid to Superstorm Sandy victims is a new low for House Republicans," Lautenberg said. Lautenberg said Congress should put partisan politics aside, as it does for other disaster recovery efforts, and "extend a helping hand to help them get back up." "Helping struggling families recover from disasters has never been a partisan issue in Washington and it never should be," …