Assemblywoman Amy Handlin, R-District 13, is featured online in an article by Jim McConville of The Asbury Park Press.
Basically, Handlin does not think the approximately six-hour Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Open House at the Keansburg Senior Center on Friday, June 13, is “enough.”
I’m beginning to think Amy should just go work for FEMA, considering she’s so “concerned” about the way the agency operates.
I also think Handlin is doing residents a disservice by criticizing the agency who is willing to help. Albeit, it took a few weeks. But, as Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., D-N.J., said, these things take time.
Then again, she’s just trying to buy more time for her petition that FEMA representatives have said several times is nothing more than a collection of signatures.
And only about 1,300 signatures at that. I guess Handlin has a screening process, considering there are at least 4,300 new residences affected by the updated Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs), including about 1,800 in both Keansburg and Middletown, respectively.
Handlin thinks the meeting would be better suited for Middletown. Of course she would, she has screaming authority there. Being the meeting is in Keansburg, the assemblywoman has no platform, therefore no say. Also no respect, in my opinion.
Overall, another sad attempt by Amy Handlin to take the public’s eyes away from the fact that Pallone has done something good for the Bayshore. His efforts, as well as other pieces of legislation supported by senators Robert Menendez and Frank Lautenberg, both D-N.J., are the actions that will truly affect the area.
As to having a “series” of these meetings: What do you want, FEMA for breakfast, lunch and dinner? Take a chill pill, the meetings are going to come. And if not, I’m sure every Monmouth County resident can rest assured knowing AMY HANDLIN will bug the brains out of FEMA until the agency shows up.
From the APP:
“That has been the story of our lives for many weeks,” Handlin said. “FEMA has been distinctly unresponsive, but at least they’ve finally seemed to open the door a crack.”
Actually, the agency’s door has been open for the past few weeks. Wide open, really. I’ve been able to call FEMA on an almost-daily basis and speak to an actual person. And, get this: I’ve had my questions answered.
Maybe Handlin hasn’t done enough? Or maybe FEMA officials aren’t returning her calls?
Gee, where have I heard that story before.
PHOTO: The only shot my camera could take of Amy Handlin during her petition drive in Union Beach, weeks ago. That was when she claimed she had almost 1,000 signatures and was just about ready to “hand deliver” her petition to FEMA. (Melissa L. Gaffney)