In this video press release, Assemblyman Vincent Mazzeo (D-Atlantic) discusses his legislation to create a “Superstorm Sandy Bill of Rights” that would ensure a more equitable distribution of Sandy relief funds to displaced New Jersey residents.

In October 2012, Superstorm Sandy made landfall in the state, ravaging New Jersey’s coastline and flooding many inland communities, inflicting more than $36 billion in damages and destroying or damaging more than 72,000 homes and businesses.

Unfortunately, recovery efforts have been marred by allegations of unfair treatment, inequitable distribution of funds and a general lack of transparency, which has frustrated storm victims and left many residents still displaced almost a year and a half later.

Mazzeo’s bill (A-2568), which received final legislative approval in March, would require any state action plan or amendment submitted to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for the proposed use of Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery Aid for relief efforts associated with Superstorm Sandy include provisions to make the distribution of said aid more equitable and transparent.

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