New grants announced to help with Superstorm Sandy recovery

According to New Jersey's Christie administration, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has granted the state $70 million to use in its Superstorm Sandy recovery effort. 

Specific grants were given to the Upper Township and Jersey City municipalities, as well as the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), the Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission (PVSC) and the Bayshore Regional Sewerage Authority.

The project includes general recovery efforts, repair projects and debris removal across the state.

More specifically, some of Upper Township's grant money will be used to re-nourish and revitalize sand and dune grass, and some of Jersey City's will go towards repairing City Hall.

The Bayshore Regional Sewerage Authority and the PVSC recieved federal funding to restore buildings Sandy damaged.

The DEP received a Public Assistance Grant to facilitate the removal of sand and sediment debris from New Jersey's waterways, a project that is almost complete.

The grants follow President Obama's authorizing FEMA to increase cost-sharing for Sandy recovery in New Jersey from 75 to 90 percent.

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