New Bill Could Provide More Funding For Sandy Rebuilding
By Alexandra Hill, WBGO News
May 10, 2013
One of New Jersey’s top elected leaders is pushing legislation that would help the state rebuild smarter after Sandy.
It’s called The Safe Building Codes Incentive Act. The bill introduced by Senator Bob Menendez encourages states to adopt and enforce the most up to date building codes by providing increased federal funding as an incentive. Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer says this will save money in the long run.
“At the end of the day it would mean more resources for the state of New Jersey. The unfortunate reality is we have more unmet needs in the state than we can meet with the $1.8 billion that we’ve received so you know this would help us to have additional funding to protect places like Hoboken.”
For Hoboken residents it could mean money to raise electrical panels and furnaces above flood levels. The bill would also cover damage caused by Sandy.