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Finally - Woodbridge's Hurricane Sandy Residents Get a Public Meeting

Have you had problems with flooding, destruction, flood map changes, and sky high insurance hikes because of Hurricane Sandy? Go to Woodbridge High School this Thursday for some answers.


Woodbridge residents who were hard-hit by Hurricane Sandy have been wondering why there haven't been any open public meetings to address the problems with which they are still contending.

Their prayers are finally being answered.

There will be a meeting this Thursday, February 21, at Woodbridge High School from 7 pm to 9 pm.

Representatives from the Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA) are expected.

But probably one of the most urgently questioned organizations will the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). That's because the flood zone maps in Woodbridge have been drastically changed in flood-prone areas, and some homeowners have already seen their flood insurance bills rise thousands of dollars.

It's finally gotten to the point where, months after other Sandy-struck towns have had multiple public meetings to address their concerns, pressure from Woodbridge residents on town officials has resulted in their getting a chance to get some answers. 

Several homeowners who were upset by the lack of response all these months from Woodbridge Town Hall said the reason why Mayor John McCormac gave for avoiding public meetings about the flooding is that he doesn't want "Woodbridge to be known as a flood town."

 

 

Robert Johns February 22, 2013 at 07:53 PM
No you did not at all. You did not defend your use of the word "Finally". That word clearly implies that the town should have done something sooner. You don't know that they didn't try. You don't know if FEMA wanted to visit the hardest hit towns first. You cannot point to one of the town's peers in the town's county that got FEMA to come quicker than Woodbridge did. You criticized the town for not calling a special meeting. For what? WIthout FEMA? Before the Governor made the maps official? When there are public meetings every two weeks? You seem to have a serious anti-administration slant to your stories and even your headlines. Sorry but you cannot justify the word "Finally" at all.
Catherine Bach February 22, 2013 at 08:57 PM
All you have to do Robert Johns is a Google search for "Hurricane Sandy" town hall meetings and you will see towns like Sayreville, Westfield, the Flanders township area and of course most of the worst hit places down the shore. It's interesting to see how places in Connecticut have even had town hall meetings and their damage wasn't as bad as what NJ saw. Staten Island had meetings too and even in the upstate NY area the local politicians were concerned and holding meetings. Why is it so many mayors in so many towns across the tri-state area were concerned about the people and it took months before the Mayor McCormac even bothered to find out directly from people in his towns what was going on? What does this guy do all day anyway?
unknownauthor February 22, 2013 at 09:38 PM
@Robert Johns, your avatar maybe that of Rush Limbaugh, but who read like a poor, Mac version, of Jay Carney! Were you at the FEMA show Thursday night? Mac was, stage right, with his minions in the first few rows in front of him. Why? Support or showmanship? If there was anything concert that came out of that performance, it was that it provided residents, especially those who, most unfortunately, have and are still suffering from Sandy, a chance to share their stories and frustrations. McCormac had no real answers, lots of excuses (a la shades of his trading water after Hurricane/Storm Irene) and promises of more to come. Exactly what and when? Well, as he noted, he likes his job; so he had to say something. To be fair, there really isn't much he can do to mitigated the problems the flood victims are enduring, beyond waiving permitting fees and whatever assistance that can be given under the township's purview. It's up to the Feds and the state to get the problems addressed! What the township can or should do in the future to mitigate future flooding problems, throughout the township, is a topic for lots of further discussion. It is hoped that every resident will watch the recording of or read the Minutes from the meeting. Anyone that does will, I hope, say a prayer for those you are suffering from Hurricane Sandy. And then pray we never see the like of Sandy again!
unknownauthor February 22, 2013 at 10:42 PM
@ Catherine Bach. Very well stated. Not sure Johns will get it, but the rest of us do! As to your very astute question, that being, "what does this guy do all day?"; didn't he once tell a group of young school children, he goes into his town hall office, closes the door and plays sudokus. If true, at least he isn't spending all his time thinking of new ways to spend, bond and tax!
JK February 25, 2013 at 06:06 PM
Us residents have been fighting for a meeting like this for years. Sandy was just the tipping point. So yes, "Finally" is the perfect word to use.

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