Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove today praised the final passage of legislation they sponsor to extend the mortgage forbearance and foreclosure assistance program for Superstorm Sandy victims.
District 9 legislators today praised the final passage of legislation they sponsor to extend the mortgage forbearance and foreclosure assistance program for Superstorm Sandy victims. Pictured: damage caused by the storm, (U.S. Air Force/Master Sgt. Mark C. Olsen)
The deadline for reauthorization was set for July 1, which meant that without legislative action, the program would have expired. As the deadline drew near, Connors, Rumpf and Gove wrote a letter urging Legislative leaders to immediately post A-5096 and S-3582 for a vote, stressing the urgent need to ensure that Superstorm Sandy victims would continue receiving this critical form of assistance. The Senate passed the Senate version of their bill, S-3582, on June 20. The identical Assembly version of the bill passed the Assembly on March 25.
The Delegation has worked in conjunction with representatives of the New Jersey Organizing Project (NJOP) to advocate for this legislation, as well as a number of other efforts to aid Superstorm Sandy victims.
“As representatives of an area that was among the hardest hit by Sandy, we continue to work closely with constituents who are still coping with the catastrophic damage caused by the storm. Therefore, we completely understand how critical the mortgage forbearance and foreclosure assistance program is to Sandy victims, as well as to the overall rebuilding and recovery process.
“Our ultimate goal is to ensure everyone who was impacted by the storm regains a sense of normalcy in their lives. This doesn’t just mean living in your home again – it also means putting an end to the constant battles with mortgage companies, insurance companies, contractors, and the bureaucracy as a whole.
“Far too many Sandy victims are still in the process of putting the pieces of their lives back together. They shouldn’t have to worry if the state is going to let a program they rely on, or may need in the immediate future, expire due to bureaucratic inaction. Certainly, they deserve better, and that’s why our Delegation co-sponsored this legislation to extend the program and represent the best interests of the constituents we serve.”
The legislation, A-5096/S-3582, has passed both houses of the Legislature and now heads to the Governor’s desk for final consideration.