Senate President Steve Sweeney continues push for Sandy Bill of Rights at Moonachie Borough Hall

Democratic Sen. Steve Sweeney continued pushing for his Sandy Victim's Bill of Rights at a Toms River town meeting Friday.

Democratic Sen. Steve Sweeney continued pushing for his Sandy Victim's Bill of Rights at a Toms River town meeting Friday. (2/22/14)

TOMS RIVER - Democratic Sen. Steve Sweeney is making the last of three stops today in what he is calling his "Sandy Bill of Rights Tour."  

Sweeney's final stop will be at Moonachie Borough Hall. He pushed for his bill at a Toms River town meeting yesterday, while bashing New Jersey's Sandy aid program, led by Gov. Chris Christie.

"We had entrusted, we basically had faith that the things that were supposed to get done got done," Sweeney says. "Obviously the way this program's going right now, it's not going very well."

Sweeney says his Sandy Victim's Bill of Rights would make the application and appeals process easier, and give people updates on where they stand.

Therese Daidone, of Brick, was one of about 50 people who came out to the meeting at the Elks Lodge in need of help. "I just need to know, am I getting money, am I not?" she asks. "When will I be receiving it?  I need to move on with my life."

Mike Mazzucca, of Manahawkin, told Sweeney they want his bill to go even further by holding insurance companies accountable. "I don't think there's one person in this room that would be here if their insurance companies had been held accountable to the policies that we've paid into," he says.

Those who spoke said they don't care about the politics behind the issue, and simply want results.

Sweeney unveiled his bill earlier this week at a town meeting in Perth Amboy.

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