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Zimmer to Testify on Sandy Damage in Washington DC

The mayor will discuss flood insurance issues and the damage of Sandy on Hoboken's businesses.

Mayor Dawn Zimmer will testify at a Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship hearing in Washington D.C., she said on Wednesday.

At the hearing — which she will be attending together with Chief of Staff Daniel Bryan — Zimmer will address the issue many Hobokenites have with flood insurance.

Those who live in a basement apartment are having trouble getting enough money from FEMA to pay for all the damage due to the flooding, Zimmer said on Wednesday.

Residents may get enough to pay for a new boiler, a new watertank and the electricity panel, Zimmer said, but aren't eligible for much else. When applying for FEMA assistance or a Small Business Association loan, however, flood insurance is mandatory, Zimmer said. This puts many Hobokenites in a difficult position.

Many people are "future victims," Zimmer said. "It's just very unfair."

Zimmer said that the city has identified roughly 1,700 basement apartments that were flooded during Sandy.

Downtown businesses are also still suffering from the aftermath of Sandy and the closure of Hoboken's PATH station, Zimmer said.

"Businesses are down 60 percent," she said.

Zimmer said she hopes her testimony on Thursday will bring additional funding to Hoboken's residents and business owners.

FAP December 13, 2012 at 02:54 AM
Hoboken's Mayor being asked to testify before a Senate committee is fantastic. Even after hearing she was on conference calls with the President of the United States this is incredibly impressive.
InfotainMe December 13, 2012 at 01:10 PM
I look forward to Ms Mason's 1/2 page ad whining/lying about the subject in her little high school real estate newspaper.
Grafix Avenger December 13, 2012 at 05:57 PM
Zimmer did a great job today. She urged the Senators to "take action" and that an act of Congress was required to address the classification of garden-level businesses as 'basements'. She also urged them to provide more federal grants and lower interest rates for small business loans. The Senate panel was attentive- the issue of insurance denial for businesses called 'basements' was news to them. They promised to follow up. Let's hope so. Chairman Landrieu (Dem from La.) told our mayor that her testimony was "excellent". http://grafixavenger.blogspot.com/2012/12/zimmer-asks-senators-to-take-action.html
FAP December 13, 2012 at 05:57 PM
It only took 13 hours for my comment to go up. I'll be sure to post again on Patch real soon. -12:56 PM Dec 13, 2012
Martin March 11, 2013 at 12:41 PM
Pay $100,000 to raise your house or pay $30,000 a year for flood insurance. That's the choice FEMA gives you if you're in its expanding flood zones. It's based on erroneous "advisory" maps. This area and 25% of NJ are impacted by FEMA's onerous new mandates. The 2012 Biggert-Waters Act must be corrected by Congress -- or tens of thousands of homes will be abandoned or foreclosed upon because of unaffordable "over-kill" requirements. Information at Facebook.com/StopFemaNow. Our grassroots movement is growing. This affects you. StopFemaNow.com

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