Pascrell Announces $1.3M Federal Grant for Superstorm Sandy Recovery
Paterson, April 23, 2019
Today, U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-09) announced the awarding of a $1,393,991 Federal Emergency Management Agency grant to New Jersey which will be used to restore Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission (PVSC) property damaged by Hurricane Sandy. The funding, made available under the Robert T. Stafford Act, will provide contractors and resources for the repair of facilities still not at full capacity since the superstorm.
“Hurricane Sandy caused severe damage across North Jersey, including an interruption of Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission services. These federal funds will help restore the damage done and prepare PVSC for potential future storms,” said Rep. Pascrell. “Wastewater treatment facilities like PVSC provide a critical service in protecting our environment and the public's health, so we must ensure they are fully functional. As families, businesses, and utilities continue to rebuild from the devastating impact of Hurricane Sandy, every federal dollar remains crucial in our state’s recovery efforts.”
The grant will assist PVSC with the repairs to the Administration and Control Building which were damaged by the superstorm.
Since 2012, Rep. Pascrell has fought continuously for federal support to aid in New Jersey’s recovery from Hurricane Sandy. Last fall, he introduced disaster tax relief legislation to provide relief to those recovering in the aftermath of natural disasters. In the days following the storm, he wrote to FEMA Regional Administrator Lynn Canton urging the agency to provide resources to PVSC in order to assist in resuming operations.