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Investigation Reveals Sandy Energy Grant Program Riddled With Errors

In addition, a review of Hoboken’s 15-year FEMA public assistance history found that the city had received nearly $1.5 million in disaster aid as of last August, when officials conducted their scoring. According to an Office of Emergency Management spokeswoman, historical public assistance requests totaling between $500,000 and $2 million should have gotten 20 points, yet Hoboken’s three requests only received 10 points.

NJ Spotlight conducted its own scoring for Hoboken’s generator requests and found that -- according to the working group’s own rules and ranking criteria -- had Hoboken been treated the same as Brick (and some other municipalities like Rahway) and had all points been properly awarded the city would have received at least partial funding for seven of its 12 requests and would have been entitled to as much as $839,680, if it had been scored like other municipalities.

NJ Spotlight’s analysis of Hoboken’s scoring does not even take into account the fact that Hoboken only received 10 out of 20 points in the population-density ranking, despite being the fourth most densely populated city in both the state and the nation. Administration officials defended their scoring methodology, noting that Guttenberg -- the city at the top of this ranking -- has a density nearly one-and-a-half times that of Hoboken).

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