Assembly Panel to Hold Monday Hearing on Superstorm Sandy Relief Integrity Monitor Concerns in N.J.

Bill Extending Property Tax Reform Program to Atlantic County Also on Tap

(TRENTON) – The Assembly State and Local Government Committee will hold a Monday hearing on the implementation and performance of Superstorm Sandy integrity oversight.
The hearing will take place at 10 a.m. in Committee Room 13 on the 4th Floor of the State House Annex in Trenton.
The committee will also consider five bills, including a property tax reform measure sponsored by Assemblymen Vince Mazzeo (D-Atlantic), Sgt. Robert Andrzejczak (D-Atlantic/Cape May/Cumberland) and Tim Eustace (D-Bergen/Passaic) to extend the county-based real property assessment pilot program to Atlantic County.
Audio of the hearing will be streamed live at: http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/media/live_audio.asp.
The committee’s chair, Assemblywoman Linda Stender (D-Union/Middlesex/Somerset) released the following statement on Monday’s integrity monitor hearing:

“In an effort to create greater transparency and accountability in the Sandy recovery process, we enacted legislation in March 2013 requiring independent integrity monitors oversee Sandy-related projects valued at more than $5 million. The law took effect immediately, and pursuant to that law, each integrity oversight monitor is to provide to the state treasurer for distribution to the Legislature quarterly reports detailing the integrity monitor’s services during the preceding three months.
“Yet, to date, the Legislature has not received any reports.
“Gov. Christie has spent a lot of time and effort blaming others for his Sandy failings, but the time for excuse making must be over. The law is clear, yet it’s indisputably being ignored while Sandy victims continue to suffer waiting for relief. Just recently federal officials faulted the Christie administration for its handling of aid applications and inadequate outreach to low-income and minority victims. These are the problems that should have been avoided by the transparency integrity monitors can bring to the process, yet taxpayers have been kept in the dark.
“The administration’s failure to follow the integrity monitor law is unacceptable, and we expect answers when the committee meets on Monday. Too much time has been lost already while victims continue to suffer.”

The Assembly State and Local Government Committee will consider the following bills on Monday:

A-804
Coughlin Allows certain State agencies to sell Internet advertisements on agencies’ websites.
A-2229
Wisniewski Concerns contracts for asphalt work under the “Local Public Contracts Law.”
A-2495
Mazzeo/Andrzejczak/
Ciattarelli/Eustace Extends county-based real property assessment pilot program to Atlantic County.
A-2733
DeAngelo Permits local unit to contract with private entities to lease advertising space on local unit’s official Internet website.
AJR-64
Schaer Declares August 16 of each year as “Dominican Pride Day” in New Jersey.