Tuesday, May 28, 2013
President and Gov. Christie greet cheering crowd in rain.
President Obama checked out a record-breaking sand castle, played a football boardwalk game and "high-fived" lots of kids during a short visit to Point Pleasant Beach early Tuesday afternoon before speaking in Asbury Park. The message from Obama and Gov. Chris Christie was clear: The Jersey Shore is back and open for business, but there is more work to be done. "I came back to let people know we're going to keep going until the job is done," Obama said in a short speech to the crowd who gathered along the boardwalk and beachfront in Asbury. Obama delivered his remarks in front of Convention Hall. "When I was here seven months ago, Sandy had just hit, but you kept going...The Jersey Shore is back in business, but the work is not over," …
Friday, May 3, 2013
18 of 20 largest sewage spills in the northeast were reported in New Jersey and New York.
New Jersey saw approximately 5.1 billion gallons of untreated or partially treated sewage flow into waterways in the weeks and months following Superstorm Sandy, according to new data released by Climate Central. In total, the eight states hardest-hit by the storm had 11 billion gallons flow into canals, rivers and bays. "To put that in perspective, 11 billion gallons is equal to New York’s Central Park stacked 41 feet high with sewage, or more than 50 times the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The vast majority of that sewage flowed into the waters of New York City and northern New Jersey in the days and weeks during and after the storm," the Climate Central report said. Data included in the report was compiled from state agencies and …
Sunday, March 10, 2013
Freeholder says county receives notice of first check for $1.5 million.
An Essex County freeholder said the county received the first federal government check to reimburse it for Superstorm Sandy costs, according to a Montclair Times report Friday. Freeholder Brendan Gill, who represents Montclair, said the county has received notice of a $1.5-million payment coming from Washington, D.C. "It's a big win for the county," Gill told the paper. "It's the first step with what will be a series (of payments)." The $1.5 million will be used to reimburse the county for costs in the wake of Sandy, which struck the area in late October and early November last year, Essex County Administrator Ralph J. Ciallella said. Those expenditures include the removal of debris from county parks and roads, repairs to county buildings…
Thursday, January 24, 2013
Governor hailed as hero following Sandy, says he's 'more ready' to consider presidential run.
Thursday, January 24
Gov. Chris Christie has been considered by some legislators and constituents to be somewhat of a hero for his response and leadership following Superstorm Sandy. But now that the storm has passed, the governor is looking toward the future and a potential run for presidency, according to a Time magazine article, "The Boss," about the state's leader. As Republicans look to place a strong candidate in the 2016 presidential election, Christie may be their choice. But state Democratic leaders said there is much the governor has still not delivered on during his tenure. Despite rumors that he was planning to run for president in 2012, Christie publicly announced several times over that he did not have intentions to run. Now months later, after …
Monday, December 3, 2012
Jobs created through federal Hurricane Sandy recovery grant
Nine towns in Essex County are getting a helping hand in post-Sandy recovery efforts thanks to a nearly $421,000 federal grant that will create 105 temporary jobs. The money - awarded to Bloomfield, Belleville, Caldwell, Fairfield, Irvington, Livingston, Nutley, East Orange, Orange, the East Orange Water Commission and the Essex County government - is part of $15.6 million awarded to New Jersey by the Federal Hurricane Sandy Disaster National Emergency Grant. It will be used to fund 1,300 jobs in 16 counties across the state. "The intent of the funding is to allow government agencies to hire unemployed people to help the state, counties and towns in their clean-up efforts,” said Harold J. Wirths, commissioner of the state's Department of …
Saturday, December 1, 2012
A look back at the top 10 stories on Bloomfield Patch in November
Post-Superstorm Sandy stories, like gas rationing and price gouging, were among the most clicked stories on Bloomfield Patch in November. Click on the headlines to read more. A Bloomfield man was killed early Sunday morning in Irvington after he lost control of his vehicle while driving north on the Garden State Parkway, according to NJ State Police Sgt. Brian Polite. Despite 7,400 PSE&G customers in Bloomfield still without power, there's at least some good news in the town's Super Sandy saga, officials said during a meeting Saturday morning. Firefighters from all over Essex County battled a fire that broke out Friday at a Franklin Street apartment complex. Like many other New Jersey towns, Bloomfield will celebrate Halloween today, …
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
One in five residents said they felt forced out of their homes by the storm.
Superstorm Sandy made an impact on approximately two-thirds of the state, according to results from a Rutgers-Eagleton Poll released Tuesday. An even higher percentage (94 percent) of the 1,228 polled New Jersey residents reported that they lost power at some point during or after the storm. About 65 percent of those polled said they remained without power for at least five days. "Two-thirds of New Jersey residents were affected when Superstorm Sandy wreaked havoc on the Garden State three weeks ago," a press release about the poll said. Approximately one in five residents said they were forced out of their homes by the storm, with about 6 percent of residents telling pollsters they were still not able to permanently return. "We already …