Brigantine will receive more than $1.6 million in funding for Hurricane Sandy cleanup from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

“We’re very pleased and it’ll certainly go a long way to ease the financial burden on the residents and taxpayers of Brigantine,” said Mayor Phil Guenther, who added that officials met late Tuesday once they received word.

Guenther said the city received about 75 percent of the $2.1 million it had applied for following October’s destructive storm. He credited the city’s emergency management and public works staff for helping expedite the funding by making all the necessary filing deadlines.

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“I’ve been told it’ll arrive at a timely fashion and that should help in a lot of ways to ease the financial burden,” he said.

U.S. Senators Frank R. Lautenberg and Robert Menendez, both D-NJ, praised FEMA’s announcement on Tuesday evening.

“I'll never forget visiting families and touring Brigantine with President Obama after the storm, and I'm pleased this funding will help them cover costs for emergency work and allow them to focus on rebuilding,” Lautenberg said, in a written statement.

Menendez said federal reimbursements are “critical to our state’s overall recovery.”

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