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Oliver & Watson Coleman Bill to Ensure Transparent & Efficient Distribution of Hurricane Sandy Recovery Funds Clears Assembly Panel
(TRENTON) - Legislation sponsored by Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver (D-Essex) and Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-Mercer/Hunterdon) to require oversight reporting on Hurricane Sandy recovery funds was approved Thursday by the Assembly Budget Committee.
"There have been questions raised about how effectively recovery funding has been used," said Oliver. "Residents affected by Sandy should be able to trust that funds slated for recovery are being used properly. This bill adds some transparency to the process, and ensures that Hurricane Sandy recovery funding is administered adequately and in the best interest of those affected by the storm."
"According to a report by the Fair Share Housing Center, African-American and Latino families affected by the storm have been disproportionately denied relief distribution. This is problem," said Watson Coleman. "We must ensure that all residents affected by Sandy are getting the assistance they need. This bill provides the proper oversight necessary to ensure this is done."
The bill (A-4591) requires the State Treasurer to issue New Jersey's Comprehensive Hurricane Sandy Recovery Funding Report. The report must address:
The bill would be effective immediately.
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