Oliver, Greenwald, Wisniewski, Giblin, Prieto, Wimberly & Watson Coleman 2-Bill Package to Better Monitor Spending of Hurricane Sandy Relief Funds Approved by Assembly
Bills Would Help Prevent Abuse, Fraud & Waste Typical with Large Scale Rebuilding Projects
(TRENTON) – A legislative package sponsored by Speaker Sheila Y. Oliver and Assembly Democrats Lou Greenwald, John Wisniewski, Thomas Giblin, Vincent Prieto, Benjie Wimberly and Bonnie Watson Coleman to provide additional oversight to the administration of Hurricane Sandy recovery and rebuilding projects to ensure that the billions in federal funds expected to help finance these projects are used effectively and efficiently was approved Thursday by the General Assembly.
The first bill (A-60), sponsored by Oliver, Greenwald, Wisniewski and Giblin, authorizes the use of integrity monitors to oversee Hurricane Sandy recovery and rebuilding projects to ensure legal compliance, detect misconduct and encourage best practices in the administration of these projects.
“Large-scale projects, particularly rebuilding projects caused by natural disasters are vulnerable to abuse. The influx of taxpayer money coming our way demands additional supervision of how these funds are being used,” said Oliver (D-Essex). “Communities devastated by the storm that have been waiting for financial assistance to start rebuilding should rest assured that there will be careful oversight of how these funds are spent in order to prevent any potential abuse or fraud.”