Representatives of the 9th, 10th and 30th state legislative delegations hosted a meeting on Tuesday, January 15 at the Toms River Municipal Town Hall to provide local public officials the opportunity to discuss Superstorm Sandy-related issues.
Invited to the meeting to answer questions from the local officials were representatives of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Governor’s Office, as well as other state officials with agencies actively engaged in storm-related matters.
The 9th, 10th and 30th District Delegation Representatives issued the following joint-statement about the meeting:
“In the wake of such a devastating event, the continued flow of essential information is absolutely critical, especially when there are multiple levels of government involved as is the case in our state’s massive rebuilding effort. While essentially 75 percent of the state is back to normal, thousands of coastal area residents who were hit hardest by Sandy have been displaced, have seen their homes or businesses destroyed, and are dealing extensively with their insurance companies or government agencies to receive desperately needed assistance.
“Our intent by holding this meeting was to have FEMA and State officials available to address questions from local officials who, in many cases, are the first point of contact for residents in need of assistance. Additionally, it was important for our Delegations to hear directly from FEMA and State officials regarding their ongoing efforts so that we can respond to constituent inquiries in a more informed and efficient manner.
“Key issues of concern raised during the meeting included flood maps issued by FEMA, future beach replenishment efforts, clean up efforts related to the Barnegat Bay and the use of funding provided under any federal supplemental legislation passed by Congress. Taken as a whole, the issues illustrate the extent of the unprecedented damage to our state and the significant challenges that lie ahead to rebuild our communities.
“Moving forward, there is a need for a more constructive ongoing dialogue between government agencies responsible for Superstorm Sandy-related efforts and elected officials who want policy decisions to reflect the interests of their constituencies. There is simply too much at stake as the impact of policy decisions that are ultimately made as part of the Sandy rebuilding effort will likely have a tremendous effect on our residents for years to come.”
Representing the 9th District is Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove. The 10th District is represented by Senator James W. Holzapfel, Assemblyman David W. Wolfe and Assemblyman Gregory P. McGuckin. Representing the 30th District is Senator Robert W. Singer, Assemblyman Sean T. Kean and Assemblyman David P. Rible.