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How will state spend next batch of federal funding for Sandy recovery

SCOTT GURIAN / NJ SPOTLIGHT – Following up on the $1.8 billion in Community Development Block Grant funding New Jersey received last year, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced in October that the state will receive a second installment of $1.46 billion to continue its Sandy rebuilding and recovery efforts. But before any of that money can make it to the Garden State, officials in the Department of Community Affairs need to create an action plan, detailing their priorities for how they intend to spend the funding.

Speaking in a hearing before lawmakers a few weeks ago, DCA Commissioner Richard Constable said his department anticipates releasing a draft of its plan by the end of this month. The public will then have a chance comment on it before a final version is officially adopted and submitted for federal review. There are a few key differences, however, between the process this time and the process that culminated in the state’s original action plan for the first $1.8 billion in funding …