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  • Former mayor Michael Bloomberg

    Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg

    Poor program design and execution by the Bloomberg administration resulted in long waits for New Yorkers seeking funds to rebuild homes in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, an investigation by the New York Times found.

    The newspaper found that in trying to prevent the corruption that plagued New Orleans’s recovery from Hurricane Katrina, Bloomberg’s office created a complicated program that yielded gridlock. The investigation also points blame at the administration of Bill de Blasio for failing to promptly make changes to the program, dubbed Build It Back. [more]

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  • Sandy damage on Staten Island

    Sandy damage on Staten Island

    Comptroller Scott Stringer will meet with Staten Island homeowners in Midland Beach tonight to discuss the city’s disbursement of funds for home rebuilding. The meeting is part of a broader effort by Stringer’s office to assess how federal aid money was spent under the city’s Build It Back program. The comptroller’s office is preparing to audit the program under the Sandy Oversight Program. [more]

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  • De Blasio reconstructs Build it Back

    April 18, 2014 08:00AM
    From left: Bill de Blasio,

    From left: Bill de Blasio, Daniel Zarilli and Scott Stringer

    Amid reports critical of New York City’s sluggish recovery from Hurricane Sandy, Mayor Bill de Blasio has shuffled resources, changed rules and appointed new leadership for the rebuilding in an effort to keep things moving. [more]

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    Sandy-damaged home and Scott Stringer

    City Comptroller Scott Stringer said yesterday he will conduct an audit of the Build it Back program, which was launched by Mayor Michael Bloomberg to aid homeowners in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.

    The comptroller office’s new Sandy Oversight Unit will seek testimony from homeowners in Lower Manhattan, Coney Island, Rockaway and Staten Island who claim the program has been of no service to them. About 20,000 people seeking aid remain on a waiting list, Stringer said. [more]

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  • From left: Director of OMB Mark Page (Credit: William Alatriste) and Queens homes damaged by Hurricane Sandy (Credit: Shutterstock)

    From left: Director of OMB Mark Page (Credit: William Alatriste) and Queens homes damaged by Hurricane Sandy (Credit: Shutterstock)

    City Council members recently urged the mayor’s Office of Management and Budget to keep better tabs on funds earmarked for Hurricane Sandy relief. [more]

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  • A NYC home damaged by Hurricane Sandy

    Home damaged by Hurricane Sandy

    New York City’s Build it Back program, launched by Mayor Michael Bloomberg to aid Big Apple homeowners in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, has mailed only three checks as of last week.

    The funds, totaling $100,000, are intended to reimburse homeowners for repair work. But construction has only begun on three homes nearly two years after the storm, and none have been completely rebuilt, the Associated Press reported. [more]

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    Amy Peterson and a home damaged by Hurricane Sandy

    Mayor Bill de Blasio has tapped former city official Amy Peterson to head the city’s Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts just as a state-run environmental agency gives the green light to hasten demolition of certain buildings irreparably damaged by the storm. [more]

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  • A NYC home damaged by Hurricane Sandy

    A NYC home damaged by Hurricane Sandy

    About 500 homeowners awaiting Build It Back funds to replenish their Hurricane Sandy-damaged homes won’t be seeing their promised cash any time soon.

    Long plagued with delays in the distribution of nearly $650 million in federal funds set aside for New Yorkers to rebuild their homes, the program won’t help residents get back in their rebuilt homes until November — at the earliest. [more]

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