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By Chris Donnelly | February 11th, 2014 - 5:42pm
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TRENTON – Senate President Steve Sweeney issued the following statement today in light of the Senate Legislative Oversight Committee’s hearing on Sandy aid:

“What we heard today shows that thousands of people who are entitled to and badly need Sandy recovery aid are still waiting. In many cases, it appears they are waiting for no legitimate reason.  In others, there is no indication whatsoever why they are waiting in the first place.

“What is perhaps most troubling is the disproportionate manner in which aid has been given out.  African-Americans have had their applications for aid denied at a rate nearly three times greater than Caucasians.  We cannot simply write these things off as coincidence or bad data. These figures should have raised immediate red flags with the administration, followed by a plan of action to fix the problem. 

“We still don’t know why HGI was fired, why they were paid $10 million for their apparently terrible work, or why just 4% of available relief funding has actually been given out.  It is appalling how badly this has been botched.”  

Contact Info: 

Chris Donnelly

New Jersey Senate Democratic Office

609-847-3700

www.njsendems.com

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