Hoboken Housing Authority still dealing with effects of two storms, bills piling up

Last month, dignitaries including Sen. Robert Menendez and Albio Sires gathered at the Hoboken Housing Authority to cut the ribbon on a $900,000 project to refurbish Mama Johnson Field. Eleven days later, on Oct. 29, Hurricane Sandy flooded the field with contaminated water. The Hoboken Housing Authority is now stuck with a $20,000 bill to sanitize and restore the field at 400 Harrison St. near Fourth Street, said Hoboken Housing Executive Director Carmelo Garcia. That is just a fraction of the costly damage the Hoboken Housing Authority has been dealing with since Hurricane Sandy hit three weeks ago, officials said. The Hoboken Housing Authority estimates a loss of more than $1.5 million due to Sandy, Garcia said. “Many of our residents are already in need of assistance, whether it is physical or financial,” Garcia said in a statement. “Many have been unable to work and take care of daily responsibilities.” Garcia said donations are still being accepted at 221 Jackson St.

The Jersey Journal

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