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Belmar Mayor: Red Cross Failure To Distribute Superstorm Sandy Aid Is Unacceptable

Mayor upset that funds held up while need still great

Belmar Mayor Matt Doherty released the following statement:

Following revelations that the Red Cross still has over $100 million in donated disaster relief aid for victims of Superstorm Sandy they have yet to distribute, Belmar Mayor Matthew J. Doherty released the following statement today calling on the organization to immediately begin work with area relief funds in critical need of aid and provide a full accounting of where they intend to distribute the donated relief money.

 “These revelations that the Red Cross is still in possession of over $100 million donated to help victims of Superstorm Sandy, while families throughout the Jersey Shore continue to suffer the aftereffects of the storm, are simply unacceptable.  I know in Belmar we continue to have families still unable to return to their homes, and I've heard similar heartbreaking stories of displaced families from many other Mayors in Monmouth and Ocean Counties.

 The Red Cross does noble work, but I believe it is imperative they begin working immediately with area relief funds like the Belmar Sandy Relief Fund or The St. Vincent DePaul Society at St. Rose to make sure these donated funds are expedited to help area families get back in their homes as quickly as possible.  Communities like Belmar banded together and fought through the unprecedented conditions brought on by Sandy to make sure we would be back, stronger than ever.  The volunteer and relief efforts put forth by people throughout New Jersey and around the world were a boon to our comeback efforts.  It is imperative that the Red Cross begin working with these area relief funds and provide a full accounting of where they intend to distribute the donated relief money to help area families get back in their homes.

RJS@BHS May 31, 2013 at 11:23 AM
If you want your money to stay locally, donate locally. The skim from mega charities is organized crime like.
SB Girl May 31, 2013 at 03:40 PM
I wish when events like this and the tornadoes out west occur, that a list of the people who have sustained loss was published, so you could donate directly to the people...I really don't care if its tax deductible...at least I know the $ is going to the people who need the most help!!
charlie May 31, 2013 at 07:09 PM
Oh, I had $30,000+ property damage. I'd publish my address, but I'd probably get ricin.
charlie May 31, 2013 at 07:13 PM
One other point. When Shop-rite donated $50 gift cards, all the families on subsidized lunch plans got cards whether they were severly impacted by the storm or just lost power. So Mr. Mayor, quit your bellyaching.
Carol Nicolay June 01, 2013 at 03:08 PM
Red Cross and other organizations such as this often hold back money for a long time, don't really understand why, but it has happened in the past and only when somebody complains, as the mayor did, do the start distributing some of the money they collected. After their disaster in Haiti, the Red Cross was accused of the same thing.
belmarbenny June 02, 2013 at 02:40 AM
Hey mayor, what happened to all those gift cards the tax payers donated and then were distributed unethically to friends and family of township officials.. Bean brought up a good point that the township made no record of who these cards were handed out too and when you Mr. mayor were asked about this at a council meeting you got very heated and defensive towards bean like he was telling the truth. Mayor with your wife in the papers with pay to play with asbrit, and all the ethic complaints filed in the state against you. Please stop.
mtpierce June 02, 2013 at 04:53 AM
i was denied a gift card after receiving 2 phone calls on the 911 system that there were many available.. i was displaced for 5 weeks had no electricity because i was 3 houses from the fire that destroyed a home and the power was shut off. I was told and still have the answer on my answering machine that I could not have a card because I had power. jcp&l would give me nothing in writing to prove i had no power except the date it was turned on after the cut off date verbally. Gift card names will not be given out not to save embarassment for the people that received them but for how they were given out and to whom. I was not the only one denied and. we were not denied because we had electricity. Tough behavior for a small town. mtpierce

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