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July 1, 2013

RE:  90 percent Federal Cost-Share for FEMA Public Assistance Authorized

Dear Mayor:

The Federal government has authorized a federal cost-share increase for recovery projects funded by FEMA’s Public Assistance grant program, from 75 percent (local share 25 percent) to 90 percent (local share 10 percent). This decision is expected to save the state and municipal governments an estimated $240 million in Sandy cleanup and recovery costs.

The increase in federal funding allows FEMA to reimburse state and local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations 90 percent of eligible costs of emergency expenses, debris removal and infrastructure repair. The remaining ten percent is provided by non-federal funds.

For a look at what this increase means to individual municipalities, visit

As previously announced, FEMA will provide 100 percent reimbursements for eligible costs incurred in the immediate aftermath of the storm, through Wednesday, November 14, 2012. Costs eligible for 100 percent reimbursement include emergency power restoration assistance and emergency public transportation assistance (including emergency protective measures to secure public transportation infrastructure), including direct Federal assistance.

All eligible costs incurred after that will now qualify for 90 percent reimbursement.

Very truly yours,

Janice S. Mironov, President,
New Jersey State League of Municipalities and
Mayor, East Windsor Township





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