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5 more charged with Sandy Relief Fraud

New Jersey authorities have charged criminally five more people with filing fraudulent applications for federal relief funds related to Superstorm Sandy, state officials announced. State authorities have charged 50 people for allegedly engaging in this type of fraud since March 2014. The state alleges that, in most cases, the charged individuals have filed fraudulent applications for relief funds offered by the Share More:  2/26/2016 DOWN THE SHORE A BLOG BY JUSTIN AUCIELLO
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Christie: N.J. has done an “extraordinary job” with Sandy response

NewsWorks .org DOWN THE SHORE BY JUSTIN AUCIELLO At a press conference at the Statehouse in Trenton yesterday, Gov. Chris Christie delivered a statement on jobs and the economy and then proceeded to accept questions from reporters. In response to a question about the status of the Reconstruction, Rehabilitation, Elevation, and Mitigation (RREM) program, Gov. Chris Christie said that the state has done an "extraordinary job" with the Sandy recovery, adding…
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Trenton, New Jersey Strong Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia Dies at 79

Washington, DC: via Washington Post - Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, the intellectual cornerstone of the court’s modern conservative wing, whose elegant and acidic opinions inspired a movement of legal thinkers and ignited liberal critics, died Feb. 13 on a ranch near Marfa, Tex. He was 79.  Antonin Gregory Scalia — “Nino” to family, friends and colleagues — was born in Trenton, , on March 11, 1936, and grew up…
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Hillsborough Fire Could Have Been a Mercury Toxic Disaster.

Hillsborough, -  A massive warehouse fire that has been burning since Thursday held the nation’s largest stockpile of mercury before the New Jersey Sierra Club and legislators worked to clean it up. The warehouse at Veterans Industrial Park was used by the Defense Logistics Agency Depot as a storage facility for 12,500 barrels of mercury since the early 1940s. If not for the removal of much of the mercury at…
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Sierra Club Testifies at HUD Resiliency Grant Oversight Meeting

Today at the Senate Legislative Oversight Committee Meeting, the Sierra Club will be testifying on New Jersey's application for federal Housing and Urban Development grants for flood relief project funding. New Jersey missed out on money from the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) grants and received less than almost every other state. We only received $15 million from the grant, despite needing more than $300 million in flood relief project…
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Toxic Molds can Hospitalize Mop Handlers during Flood Clean Ups

Mold can create serious health problems for residents recovering from the severe storms, flooding and tornados. Hazards of Mold Infestation Health officials say problems from exposure can follow if mold is disturbed through cleanup procedures. Also, mold is easily transferred from one surface to another. Infants, children, immune-compromised patients, pregnant women, individuals with existing respiratory conditions (allergies, multiple chemical sensitivity, and asthma) and the elderly appear to be at higher…
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State of New Jersey Receives Regional Resiliency Grant

1/16/2016: The State of New Jersey will receive $15,000,000 in NDRC funding to support the creation of a Regional Resiliency Planning Grant Program that will help regions and communities that experience significant flooding to undergo a comprehensive planning process to identify and address vulnerabilities due to increased flooding risk, and for work with university partners to develop a toolkit of best practices for communities to assess their flooding risks and…
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State of Freedom to Shovel Snow in NJ

Statehouse .News Trenton, NJ: New Jersey lifts licensing laws for snow shoveling just in time for the first blizzard of 2016. New Jersey has officially repealed a rule banning the shoveling of snow without a license. This milestone is a significant turning point for community interaction during disasters. State's such as New Hampshire and Vermont allow farmers to locally plow and fill washouts on rural roads so State and Town equipment can gain access.…
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Utility Power Fails, Energy Dangerously Strong

New Jersey: As the first Blizzard of 2016 dumps in upwards of 30" of snow on the Garden State, more than 100,000 homes in Central and South Jersey are without power. As a result of the poorly engineered antiquated energy delivery structure, people have to resort to the use a gas powered generators. During Superstorm Sandy's aftermath, dozens of people died of carbon monoxide poisoning across the strike zone. Gas generators…
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Homegrown Extremists Are Greatest Terrorist Threat to NJ

The New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness says homegrown violent extremists are the greatest terrorist threat to the Garden State, making the landscape more dangerous than any since the Sept. 11 attacks. “The prime reason for that is that the terrorist threat we saw immediately after 9/11, which was very structured and hierarchical, has become much more decentralized and diffuse,” said State Homeland Security Director Chris Rodriguez. Rodriguez told…
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Blue Acres Moves Forward Lower Atlantic Strong Strategic Retreat

Lower Atlantic Seacoast, New Jersey: Dozens of Superstorm Sandy's damaged structures of the 400,000 units flooded have been purchased by the State of NJ and demolished. The Green Acres, Farmland, Blue Acres, and Historic Preservation Bond Act of 2007 authorized $12 million for acquisition of lands in the floodways of the Delaware River, Passaic River or Raritan River, and their respective tributaries, for recreation and conservation purposes.  An additional $24…
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Bill to Save Dire Sandy Victims From Home Foreclosures Vetoed

Cold DEFEAT for the New Jersey Organizing Project, a non-profit group of Hurricane Sandy Survivors. Trenton, NJ: BY ALLISON HRABAR, NewsWorks .org - Gov. Chris Christie conditionally vetoed a bill this week that would have protected homeowners affected by Superstorm Sandy from foreclosures. Under the bill homeowners could apply to postpone mortgage payments on storm-damaged properties for up to three years. Bill sponsor Assemblyman Gary Schaer (D-Passaic County) said the bill would have…
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Blowout Tide Drying Up Tidal Waters / HUGH Nor’easter On Way

You've heard of the blowout hairstyle. You've heard of a blowout in sports. You've even experienced a blowout when you blew a tire on the highway. But have you heard of a blowout tide? A “blowout tide” is a literal term for what oceanographers call a “wind setdown” when water is blown away from shore. That is what is occurring here today here in New Jersey. Check out this article…
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MORE PEOPLE LEAVE NJ THAN ANY OTHER STATE

STUDY: MORE PEOPLE LEAVE NJ THAN ANY OTHER STATE Chalk up one more dubious title for the Garden State: New Jersey finished dead last in the United Van Lines' National Movers Study for the fourth year in a row. More people moved out of New Jersey this year than any other state, leaving us with an outbound rate of 67 percent, the worst in the country.  says it mostly comes down to climate,…
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ACR249 to Block DEP Dangerous Flood Rules Up Monday

Trenton, NJ: Statehouse .news : ACR249 to Block DEP Dangerous Flood Rules Up Monday  On Monday, the last day of legislature, ACR249 (McKeon) will be up for a vote in the Assembly. This resolution overrides the DEP's proposal to revise Flood Hazard Area Control Act Rules, Coastal Zone Management Rules, and Stormwater Management Rules. It determines that the rules are inconsistent with legislative intent. The Sierra Club has been supporting this resolution…
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ANTI-GOVERNMENT EXTREMISTS: ARMED PROTESTERS CONTINUE TO OCCUPY FEDERAL WILDLIFE REFUGE IN OREGON

On the evening of January 3, a group of armed anti-government protesters remained encamped at a federal wildlife refuge in southeastern Oregon, saying that they are prepared to occupy the facility “for years” to protest the federal government’s treatment of two local ranchers who have been sentenced to prison for arson on federal land. The occupation of a part of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge (see photo) began a day…
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