South Jersey Lawmaker Petitioned then-Corzine Administration to Apply for Federal Relief After Region Received Up to Two Feet of Snow

(VINELAND) — Assemblyman Matthew W. Milam on Friday welcomed the news that President Barack Obama authorized the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to supplement state and local recovery efforts in South Jersey following a December snowstorm that hammered the region.

On December 21, Milam had asked the then-Corzine administration to request emergency assistance from the federal government to help offset the costs of dealing with the Dec. 19-20 storm, which dumped up to two-feet of snow on the region, a record for December.

“This is welcome news from the federal government,” said Milam (D-Cumberland). “During these tough economic times, doing anything we can to ease the already heavy burden on New Jersey property taxpayers is the right thing to do.”

According to a White House news release, federal funding is available to the state and eligible local governments in Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cumberland, Gloucester and Ocean counties to help pay for hazard mitigation, emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the record breaking snowfall. The region also qualifies for federal assistance to cover emergency protective measures, including snow removal assistance in the 48 hours before, during and after the storm.

“This storm already slammed state residents hard,” said Milam. “Now, with the assistance of the federal government, we can help make sure it doesn’t slam them again in the form of increased property taxes to cover the costs of dealing with the record-breaking storm.”

Following the federal announcement, Milam urged any local officials with questions to contact FEMA directly at 201-646-3272.

Milam, a member of the Assembly Transportation, Public Works and Independent Authorities Committee, represents New Jersey’s 1st Legislative District, which includes a portion of Atlantic and Cumberland counties and all of Cape May County.

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