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Not content to leave it to the big outlets, one of New Jersey’s local sites has been digging into questions regarding the allocation of Sandy funds.
Charlie Kratovil, editor of New Brunswick Today, writes, “Contrary to claims made by the Christie administration, a developer granted $4.8 million in Sandy recovery funds to accelerate the construction of luxury apartments in New Brunswick, has never before created affordable housing in the State of New Jersey.”
Kratovil posted the story on February 6, in which multiple sources relate that the developer in question requested and received affordable housing funds, but later decided against offering affordable units. The story followed on another from Friday, Jan. 31, identifying the fact that the luxury development was the recipient of $4.8 million in Sandy aid.
(Do you have questions about the allocation of Sandy aid in your town? NJ News Commons is helping the Citizens Campaign spread the word about upcoming public hearings on the second round of Sandy funding announced just this week.)
Also plugging away and offering investigative reporting on the local level is Joe Malinconico of the Paterson Press. Malinconico reported this past week that the city’s failure to hire a new personnel director has negatively impacted the amount of transition aid the city has received from the state.
In other local news: The Paterson Press and the Paterson Times are both taking a close look at the upcoming Paterson mayoral election. Diane Lilli at the Jersey Tomato Press is trying to get to the bottom of the road salt shortage. And Morristown Green, Westfield TAP andMyVeronaNJ.com have local sports stories to rival any Super Bowl coverage (and West Orange TAP has some actual Super Bowl coverage).
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Andrew Guadagnino, NJ News Commons intern, contributed to this report.