Island Park chamber nominates three for local CRZ committee
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Through the CRZ planning process, communities will asses their vulnerabilities, identify where funds should be spent to address those vulnerabilities and then develop projects that will increase resilience while also protecting vulnerable populations and promoting sound economic development.
The process calls for local CRZ committees tasked with spending the federal money on both recovery and insuring that the next storm will not wreck such havoc.
The committee representing the four local communities has been allocated up to $25 million and, working with experts provided by the state, the committee members will decide just how that money will best be spent.
There are already three members appointed to the committee, two co-chairs: Island Park residents Steve D’Esposito, a chief in the Island Park Fire Department, and Tommy Asher, a resident whose day care center got wiped out by Sandy and who is also a retired New York City firefighter, and member Raymond Pagano, the president of the Oceanside Civic Association and an engineer with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
Officials from other local organizations say that they have not yet chosen who they will recommend to Munafo.