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Report: New Jersey town could lose Sandy aid

4-2-14

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The federal government says more than $4 million in Superstorm Sandy aid promised to a New Jersey shore town should be reallocated or repaid because it was not needed.

The Homeland Security Department’s Inspector General’s Office released a report Tuesday on money granted to Beach Haven.

It’s the first such report completed on aid to a New Jersey town after Sandy.

The report says the town did not need $3.7 million of federal funding that was initially granted but never transferred for debris cleanup.

Beach Haven is to return $652,000 that was advanced.

The government also says the town did not adequately document $321,000 of costs.

Borough administrator Richard Crane tells The Record newspaper (http://bit.ly/1fMDRdV ) that the discrepancies came in the “chaotic” days after the October 2012 storm.

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Information from: The Record (Woodland Park, N.J.), http://www.northjersey.com