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Christie Hurricane Sandy 'storm czar' Marc Ferzan to resign

Wednesday, July 9, 2014   (0 Comments)
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Christie Hurricane Sandy 'storm czar' Marc Ferzan to resign  (07/09/14)

Gov. Chris Christie’s Hurricane Sandy “storm czar” is resigning, The Star-Ledger has learned. Marc Ferzan, who has headed the Office of Recovery and Rebuilding since it was created in late 2012, is moving to Virginia to "support a career opportunity for his wife," according to a press release obtained by The Star-Ledger that the governor’s office plans to distribute today. Ferzan’s second-in-command, Terry Brody, will become storm czar, though the official job title is executive director of the office. As storm czar, Ferzan, an attorney, was charged with distributing billions in federal recovery dollars. During Ferzan's tenure, the major rebuilding of New Jersey's boardwalks damaged by Sandy was completed, most recently in Ocean Grove.

According to the administration, Ferzan's office launched more than 50 programs and initiatives aimed at helping Sandy victims and exhausted funds for resettlement of displaced residents. The administration also won key court battles in its efforts to build protective dunes along the shore. Brody, who joined the Office of Recovery and Rebuilding at the same time as Ferzan, previously worked as chief of staff in the Attorney General’s Office. John A. Miller, legislative committee chair for the New Jersey Association of Floodplain Management, said he looked forward to interacting with Brody in his new role.

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