Contact Us

Sandy Cleanup Providing Jobs For The Unemployed [AUDIO]

More than 700 unemployed New Jersey residents have been placed in jobs related to recovery from Superstorm Sandy, thanks to a special grant secured by the state just days after Sandy hit. The $15.6 million National Emergency Grant from the federal government was approved for city streets and public properties across 16 hurricane-ravaged counties.

Statue of Liberty
View from Liberty State Park in Jersey City (Townsquare Media)

The Christie Administration announced Monday that a small segment of the program’s workers are solely devoted to cleaning and rebuilding New Jersey’s state parks. Nearly 35 workers are working at seven state parks, with additional hirings expected in the near future.

“Our long-range goal is to make these parks much more resilient,” said Department of Environmental Protection State Parks Director Mark Texel at Liberty State Park in Jersey City, which has not yet fully reopened to the public.

Officials said there is still plenty of cleanup, repair and reconstruction work to be done around the Park System, including restoration of dunes at Island Beach State Park and the clearing of trails at many of the state’s northern parks. The state wants all parks fully functional by Memorial Day Weekend.

“This National Emergency Grant already has gone far toward helping many counties and towns get a handle on repairing their communities,” said Labor Commissioner Hal Wirths. “It just makes you feel so good to be able to get these people back to work.”

Wirths said the job placement gives people the chance to network and, potentially, find their way into permanent positions. He expressed optimism that the state could receive additional funding for a similar work grant, if requested.

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your points and personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account with your Facebook account, just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing profile and VIP program points. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://wobm.com using your Facebook account.

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

Register on 92.7 WOBM quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!

Not a Member? Sign Up Here.

Register on 92.7 WOBM quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!