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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
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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.

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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