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TRENTON – Senate President Steve Sweeney issued the following statement in light of the Senate Legislative Oversight Committee’s hearing on Sandy aid:
“What we heard today shows that thousands of people who are entitled to and badly need Sandy recovery aid are still waiting. In many cases, it appears they are waiting for no legitimate reason. In others, there is no indication whatsoever why they are waiting in the first place.
“What is perhaps most troubling is the disproportionate manner in which aid has been given out. African-Americans have had their applications for aid denied at a rate nearly three times greater than Caucasians. We cannot simply write these things off as coincidence or bad data.