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Verona’s Rep Holds Key To Sandy Aid

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Rep. Rodney P. Frelinghuysen (r) with Verona Mayor Frank Sapienza at the VFEE fundraiser in October.

If you want to find a silver lining in the cloud of destruction left by Hurricane Sandy, you might want to read this story on Politico. The Congressman who now represents Verona, Rep. Rodney P. Frelinghuysen, chairs the House Appropriations panel that decides the funds to the group that may be most critical to the recovery at the Jersey shore: the Army Corps of Engineers.

Frelinghuysen is a moderate Republican who was elected to the House of Representatives in 1994. His family has provided legislators to Congress since Congress itself was created. More importantly now, perhaps, Frelinghuysen has a good working relationship with Gov. Chris Christie, who said on Saturday that Hurricane Sandy did $29.4 billion in damage to New Jersey.

The damage done to Verona proper was a fraction of that. Township Manager Joe Martin was not ready to release an estimate at the Town Council meeting last week, but said that the town would be working with the Board of Education to present a joint request for reimbursement from FEMA, the federal Emergency Management Agency.

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You can read the full article on Frelinghuysen on Politico here.

 

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Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citranohttps://myveronanj.com
Virginia Citrano grew up in Verona. She moved away to write and edit for The Wall Street Journal’s European edition, Institutional Investor, Crain’s New York Business and Forbes.com. Since returning to Verona, she has volunteered for school, civic and religious groups, served nine years on the Verona Environmental Commission and is now part of Sustainable Verona. She co-founded MyVeronaNJ in 2009. You can reach Virginia at [email protected]

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