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November 14, 2012


RE: Sandy Recovery Updates
I. Department of Education Launches Hotline for Families Displaced by Sandy (Hotline Number 609-292-2070 Provides Families with Personal Guidance About Available Schooling Options)
II. Governor Requests Federal Fisheries Disaster Declaration

Dear Mayor:

I.   NJDOE Hotline Established

Yesterday in Trenton, the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) announced the launch of a hotline for families displaced by Hurricane Sandy. Families will be able to call the Department directly at 609-292-2070 to speak with a department staffer with any questions about the schooling options available to them, which may include arrangements with their home district or enrolling in an alternative district. The hotline is available Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Last week, the NJDOE issued guidance to all districts with regard to the federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act and the provision of services to all students experiencing displacement due to the storm. The legislation defines homeless children as "children and youths who are sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing," often referred to as "doubled-up" or "are living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camping grounds due to the lack of alternative adequate accommodations or are living in emergency or transitional shelters."

Additional “Sandy” related information is available on the NJDOE website at

II. Governor Requests Fisheries Disaster Declaration

 The Christie Administration has requested a federal disaster declaration for New Jersey's fishing industry, which sustained significant revenue losses and damages to its fleet and infrastructure as a result of Hurricane Sandy.

Governor Christie made the request for a declaration of a federal fisheries resource disaster to Acting Secretary of Commerce Rebecca Blank.

A federal fishery disaster declaration would trigger a federal economic transition program to provide immediate disaster relief for impacted aspects of the industry, including commercial fishing operations, charter fishing operators, processors and owners of related fishery infrastructure affected by the disaster.

The U.S. Department of Commerce is expected to begin a review of the request, while the Department of Environmental Protection works with the National Marine Fisheries Service to determine impacts and assess damages.

In 2011, New Jersey's commercial fishing industry landed roughly 175 million pounds of seafood, generating over $1.3 billion in economic activity. The economic impact of recreational fishing also supports approximately 8,500 jobs and $1.4 billion in annual sales.

Very truly yours,

William G. Dressel, Jr.
Executive Director




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