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Stringer Audit: NY Sandy relief program paid $6.8 million for flawed work

March 31, 2015 By Mike Balsamo Associated Press
New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer. Photo courtesy of Stringer's office

New York City’s comptroller says a program that was supposed rebuild homes wrecked by Superstorm Sandy paid $6.8 million to contractors for work that was “flawed or incomplete.”

The audit released Tuesday of the city’s Build-It-Back program examined how it helped New Yorkers between June 1, 2013 and Aug. 1, 2014.

The much-maligned program was launched by former Mayor Michael Bloomberg in the wake of the 2012 storm to help repair, rebuild and elevate homes.

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Comptroller Scott Stringer says city officials paid some of the contractors twice, resulting in a loss of $245,000. He says thousands of applications were incomplete or insufficiently documented and some contractors double-billed storm victims.

The city has since terminated its relationship with the private company hired to oversee and manage the subcontractors.


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