Frustration, Anger Mark Hearing to Discuss Next Round of Sandy Aid
Many attendees focus their outrage on state's Department Consumer Affairs and poor job it did delivering damage-recovery money to those who needed it
It should have been good news for those attending a hearing yesterday at Richard Stockton College to discuss the state's plan to release another $1.4 billion in Sandy aid.
But the 200 or so attendees were anything but satisfied. Instead, they used the gathering to express their anger and frustration with the Department of Consumer affairs and the RREM Grant it manages, which is meant to deliver aid to Sandy-battered homeowners with up to $150,000 in damages.
Attendees characterized the DCA as "a black eye on the state" and "a terrible nemesis," venting their anger at a process that delayed payments, underpaid grantees, or sometimes never came at all.
For its part, the DCA argues that it moved to address complaints, starting with the fact that it has dismissed the contractor who was responsible for collecting and evaluating grant applications.
by Tracey Samuelson of WHYY/NewsWorks, a partner of NJ Spotlight.