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Tracey Samuelson

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Tracey Samuelson appears in the following:

17 Months Later, Some Sandy Victims Still Waiting to Go Home

Friday, March 28, 2014

A year and a half after Sandy, more than 900 families remain displaced by the storm.

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Obama Signs Bill to Hold Down Flood Insurance Premiums

Friday, March 21, 2014

Opponents say the law requires taxpayers to subsidize those who choose to live in risky areas

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Flood Insurance Bill Clears Senate

Thursday, January 30, 2014

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NJ Spotlight

Legislation a victory for many residents along the New York and New Jersey coasts, but detractors say it will make the federal flood insurance program even less solvent.

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Backlash Over Flood Insurance Hits Congress

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

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NJ Spotlight

A bill in the U.S. Senate to delay rate hikes for homeowners in flood-prone areas could be voted on as early as Wednesday.

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Feds Launch Probe Into Christie's Use of Sandy Recovery Funds

Monday, January 13, 2014

The federal Department of Housing and Urban Development is investigating the use of Sandy aide on the Christie Administration's "Stronger Than the Storm" advertising campaign.

The ads featured the governor at the beach with his family.

Representative Frank Pallone, a Democrat, thinks that was inappropriate because Christie ran for reelection ...

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Were Katrina's Lessons a Blessing or a Curse?

Monday, December 09, 2013

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What did we learn from Katrina and did it end up delaying stopping fraud and waste ... or delaying crucial Sandy aid?

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Getting Meta: We Recycle a Story on E-Recycling

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Each year, we create more than two million tons of e-waste, buy only some of it is recycled. This is the story of one computer's journey through the recycling process from the New School in Manhattan to an e-waste graveyard outside the city.

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A Sensor that Could Change the Way Kids Play Football

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

First there were pads and helmets. Now, there are blinking lights. The latest technology for protecting football players is a device called Checklight, which measures and displays the force of head impacts players experience when they make a tackle or take a hit.  

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Sandy Minute-by-Minute: 5 PM, Picking Up the Mail on an Empty Lot

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Sandy impacted the lives of thousands of people a year ago today. For Lambros Vlachakis, it’s around 5pm that he thinks about it the most. That’s when he hops in his truck and drives from his rental in Toms River across the bridge, to Seaside Heights, New Jersey. He pulls up to the empty gravel lot where his home sat before Sandy damaged it beyond repair.

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Taking Stock Of What Was Lost And Found Post-Sandy

Monday, October 28, 2013

In the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, many people created lists to try to recover some of what was swept away. A year later, Jersey shore residents are still reflecting on what they lost during the storm — and what they might have gained.

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Sandy Rebuild Slowed by Permit Logjam

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

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Homeowners trying to repair or rebuild after Sandy have endured long waits to receive insurance checks or government aid and contractors have more work than they can actually do. Then, the last big hurdle can be obtaining the necessary approvals and permits from towns' zoning and building departments.

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Buono Blasts Christie for Slow Sandy Recovery

Friday, September 20, 2013

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Democratic gubernatorial candidate Barbara Buono is hoping to tap into voters' frustrations with the slow pace of Sandy recovery by blasting Gov. Chris Christie for the bureaucracy and lack of transparency she says surround the state's major grant programs.

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NJ Boardwalk Fire Caused By Faulty Wiring

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

The boardwalk fire that destroyed more than 50 businesses along the Jersey Shore was caused accidentally by wiring affected by Sandy, authorities said Tuesday.

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NJ Homeowners Scratch Heads Over Sandy Aid

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Alexis Norton sat at a table in a realtor's office in Little Egg Harbor, N.J., this week, swapping stories with several friends about rebuilding their Sandy-damaged homes.

Among the topics covered: flood insurance maps, local bureaucracy and confusion over the status of her applications with several of the state’s federally ...

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Raising Up Homes Could Put Them Out Of Reach

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

WNYC

As part of Sandy rebuilding efforts along the Jersey Shore, many people are elevating their damaged homes to lift them out of reach from future floods, either because their insurance requires it or because it would make them feel safer.  But lifting homes presents unique problems for elderly or disabled residents who call the shore home.

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Buy-Out Dilemma: To Rebuild or Pull Up Stakes

Thursday, August 08, 2013

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NJ Spotlight

For many homeowners and businesses recovering from Sandy, the mantra has been to rebuild stronger. But some New Jersey residents have concluded that their best option is not to rebuild at all.

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For This Homeowner, FEMA Maps Went Wrong Way

Thursday, July 25, 2013

WNYC

For most people, recent changes to FEMA maps bring good news – many homeowners have been moved to less-risky zones and therefore may not have to elevate their homes or make other costly changes. But in very rare cases, the risk rating has gone the other way.

 

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Sandy Stress Invisible But Takes Toll

Monday, July 15, 2013

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The emotional toll that Sandy is taking is not always apparent, but service providers are finding about 20 percent of the victims of the storm are experiencing significant problems.

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House Jacker a Booming Business at Shore

Friday, June 28, 2013

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As the Jersey shore tries to rebuild stronger to withstand future storms, there is a growing demand for companies that know how to raise a house. These companies are referred to as "house jackers" and they're doing a booming business in the Garden State.

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New FEMA Maps Start Hunt for Insurance

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

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FEMA has  released updated flood maps for four counties in New Jersey which drastically decreases the size of the areas deemed to be at the highest risk of flooding, compared with a version released last winter. That means many shore residents won't have to raise the elevation of homes as high.

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