Moonachie Officials and Residents Disappointed by Delayed Sandy Relief Vote

By Desirée Taylor
NJ Today

The governor isn’t the only one frustrated with Congressional leaders for failing to approve a Sandy relief bill. Officials and residents in Moonachie, one of many towns hit hard by the superstorm, are also disappointed with federal lawmakers.

“They’re dragging their feet,” said Moonachie Police Chief Michael Maguire. “We need to get back up and running. … That aid is needed.”


The Sandy aid is needed because the police department, municipal building, elementary school and other public buildings were severely flooded. As a result, municipal employees will soon be working out of trailers the town purchased on its own. Town officials hope to be reimbursed by FEMA.

Residents and businesses are also still recovering from the superstorm. Margie’s Deli recently opened after being shut down for six weeks due to storm damage. Owner Connie Accetta says her insurance company would not cover her losses because she didn’t have flood insurance. She too questioned why federal lawmakers haven’t passed the Sandy aid package when so many people like her need help.

“I am so disappointed. Everyone says there’s money out there but we don’t see it,” said Accetta.