Report: New Jersey town could lose Sandy aid

     Residents sit near the gazebo at Veterans Memorial Park in Beach Haven, N.J. (Shumita Basu/for NewsWorks)

    Residents sit near the gazebo at Veterans Memorial Park in Beach Haven, N.J. (Shumita Basu/for NewsWorks)

    The federal government says more than $4 million in Superstorm Sandy aid promised to a New Jersey shore town should be reallocated or repaid because it was not needed.

    The Homeland Security Department’s Inspector General’s Office released a report Tuesday on money granted to Beach Haven.

    It’s the first such report completed on aid to a New Jersey town after Sandy.

    The report says the town did not need $3.7 million of federal funding that was initially granted but never transferred for debris cleanup.

    Beach Haven is to return $652,000 that was advanced.

    The government also says the town did not adequately document $321,000 of costs.

    Borough administrator Richard Crane tells The Record newspaper that the discrepancies came in the “chaotic” days after the October 2012 storm.

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