TRENTON – Senate President Steve Sweeney today submitted a letter to state Treasurer Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff requesting the supplemental materials used to create the integrity monitor report dealing with the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy and released last month. The report was the first required under the law the Senate President sponsored. It was not only delayed but was inadequate, lacked detail, and falls well short of the Senate President’s intent when he introduced the legislation creating integrity monitors last year.
“The purpose of this law was to ensure that funding received in the wake of Superstorm Sandy is spent in a responsible manner. The integrity monitor report issued by the Administration was completely inadequate and failed to meet the legislation’s intent,” said Senate President Sweeney. “I am formally requesting that the Treasurer provide the supplemental information used to compile the first integrity monitor report, with the hope that it will fill in the gaping holes in the documentation we received. The fact is that we have to get this right. If the process is broken, it must be fixed. Proper oversight of the funding used for these projects is vital to ensuring that recovery and rebuilding is successful.”
The request for additional details was made pursuant to the Integrity Monitor Act, the law which created the integrity monitors and required regular reporting to the Legislature, and the New Jersey Open Public Records Act.
The Senate President’s letter to the Treasurer can be found here.