(TRENTON) – Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee Chair L. Grace Spencer (D-Essex) released the following statement on Thursday after hearing testimony from residents affected by Hurricane Sandy, advocates and environmental and engineering experts on the progress of recovery efforts in New Jersey:
“I want to thank the residents, advocates and experts who shared their stories about how we are bouncing back from Sandy, and what steps we need to take to protect ourselves from storms in the future.
“Clearly there are things happening throughout the state that we don’t know about. We see the commercials and read the stories in the news, but we don’t know what’s happening at the ground level. Today revealed there is still much, much work to do.
“While I think we can all appreciate the optimism of the Stronger Than The Storm commercials, it’s evident that for many residents, getting back to normal has been a tough road.
“These residents fought the storm; now they are fighting a tidal wave of bureaucracy, red tape, and in many cases, indifference by insurance and mortgage companies, as well as the state.
“We will take all this information back to the appropriate parties to ensure that residents still fighting the consequences of Sandy ten months later get the help they need sooner, than later.”