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Spanish Version of NJ Sandy-Recovery Web Site Draws Fire

(Advocates for Spanish speakers in New Jersey said the state's Spanish web site for Sandy recovery information was incomplete.  Image from renewjerseystronger. org)

(Advocates for Spanish speakers in New Jersey said the state’s Spanish web site for Sandy recovery information was incomplete. Image from renewjerseystronger. org)

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By David Madden

TRENTON, N.J. (CBS) — A complaint has been filed with the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, contending that the Christie administration is making it more difficult for Hispanics to recover from Hurricane Sandy.

It comes down to equal access to information, according to the Latino Action Network.

A Sandy recovery web site run by the State of New Jersey provides help in English and Spanish. Christian Estevez, the Latino Action Network’s executive vice president, says there is different information posted in English and Spanish.

One example he cites is information for obtaining grants of up to $150,000 to repair a home.

“In the English version they have information about how you can appeal if you’ve been turned down for aid, and in the Spanish version there is no information that you can appeal,” Estevez tells KYW Newsradio.

He also says there is no mention of a filing deadline on the Spanish site.

Estevez says attempts to get the Christie administration to change things have gotten nowhere.  There was no immediate comment from the governor’s office.

 

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