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YOU'VE JUST GOT TO BE KIDDING: If you think Sandy was bad...

from The Associated Press via The Washington Times

New York City responded to Superstorm Sandy's social devastation quickly and with heart, creating the Build-It-Back program, designed principally to help New Yorkers repair, rebuild, and elevate their damaged, ruined, and at-risk homes. The federal government looked kindly on the program, granting it $1.45 billion, a huge amount, to be sure, but one not likely large enough to meet all the needs of the 20,000 homeowners who have already applied for financial help to rebuild and repair. So, as of March 31, 2014 — one year and five months to the day since Superstorm Sandy left the East Coast — significant progress is being made. In fact, as of March 31, 2014, the Build-It-Back program has already reimbursed three homeowners for repairs they made and three new, replacement homes were under construction. You can imagine the questions that were asked at a recent hearing where the guest of honor was Amy Peterson, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio's new housing-recovery director. An executive summary of her comments follows: "It's Bloomberg's fault." more

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