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Transparency of Sandy recovery programs questioned

5-12-14

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Some New Jersey lawmakers are frustrated that they will not see the first independent reports on the state-run Superstorm Sandy recovery programs until July, 20 months after the storm hit.

The Legislature passed a bill last year to require federally funded integrity monitors to evaluate Sandy-related contracts worth more than $5 million.

State Associate Deputy Treasurer David Ridolfino told an Assembly committee on Monday that the first quarterly reports are due July 1 and will be sent to lawmakers shortly after that.

In the meantime, Assemblywoman Linda Stender says there is no place online where residents can easily learn about the amount of all Sandy-related contracts from a $1.8 billion allocation of federal funds.