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Congressman Frank Pallone & US Sen Menendez announce FEMA’s pledge to reform NFIP after fraud scandal

After weeks of criticism from Superstorm Sandy victims, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has reversed course and agreed to a series of flood-insurance reforms that advocates say should benefit victims. The reforms, announced Friday by Sens. Robert Menendez and Cory Booker, along with Reps. Frank Pallone and Bill Pascrell Jr., all Democrats, have been agreed to by FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate. (Via USA Today)


US Senators Cory Booker & Robert Menendez announce FEMA to reopen 142,000 Flood Claims

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has agreed to reopen claims filed by nearly 142,000 homeowners whose properties were damaged by Hurricane Sandy. Agency officials will review the claims filed by any of the 141,800 homeowners with federal flood insurance who ask them to do so, U.S. Sens. Robert Menendez and Cory Booker (both D-N.J.) said today following a closed-door meeting at the Capitol with FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate. (Via NJ.com)


Engineering Firm Charged with Over 50 Counts in Fraud Scandal

On Feb. 18, 2014, officers from state Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman’s office raided the Uniondale offices of HiRise Engineering P.C., responding to allegations of fraud involving flood insurance reports prepared after Hurricane Sandy. On Monday, Schneiderman’s office unsealed a 50-count indictment charging Matthew Pappalardo, 38, of Whitestone, Queens, and HiRise with altering engineering reports that assessed the structural damage of residential properties resulting from the storm. (Via LIHerald.com)


Gillibrand and Rice’s Bipartisan Legislation Would Increase Transparency & Accountability to Improve How FEMA Handles Insurance Claims

After Superstorm Sandy victims faced an extensive, burdensome and fraud-ridden flood insurance claims process, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and U.S. Representative Kathleen rice today announced their push for new bipartisan legislation to require more transparency and accountability from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) so that home and property owners who carry flood insurance policies are better protected in the event of another storm. Gillibrand and Rice also renewed their push for FEMA to expedite its review of insurance claims – a process that began only after the revelation that insurance companies underpaid potentially thousands of claims. (Via Kathleen Rice, Senator)


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