TRENTON – The Senate today passed legislation Senators Bob Gordon and John Girgenti sponsored to provide a $100 million financial lifeline to towns hit hard by infrastructure damages stemming from the floods caused by Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee.
“September’s floods didn’t just hit families who live in the flood zones hard, but towns also took a tremendous hit in the damages to roads, bridges and other infrastructure,” said Gordon (D-Bergen). “Unless the state steps in to help towns make necessary repairs, these fixes will either have to be shouldered entirely by property taxpayers. And, in those communities that have already tightened their belts as much as possible, they may not get done at all. Neither of those options can stand.”