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Sequestration May Reduce Sandy Aid

By Phil Gregory, WBGO News
February 25, 2013

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Seaside Heights boardwalk was extensively damaged by Sandy (photo by Phil Gregory)

A sequestration measure that requires across-the-board federal spending cuts will take effect Friday unless lawmakers act to avoid it. That could reduce Sandy aid to New Jersey, and shore towns are worried.

$3 billion could be cut from the Sandy funding that Congress approved last month.

Sea Bright Mayor Dina Long is concerned.

“We’re obviously very worried about our ability to balance a budget locally without a community disaster loan which is a program potentially affected by the sequester.”

Seaside Heights Mayor Bill Akers  says residents struggling to rebuild are also upset about the potential reduction in federal aid.

 “They haven’t had a way to receive that money or a time frame to receive it in. So this is just adding to the frustration that has already existed.”

Congressman Bill Pascrell says sequestration would be a fiscal hurricane for the people devastated by Sandy. He’s hoping lawmakers can agree on a plan that would spare Sandy victims from further suffering.

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