NYC to change maligned Sandy rebuilding program

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Associated Press

Posted on April 17, 2014 at 3:02 PM

Updated Thursday, Apr 17 at 3:04 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — Mayor Bill de Blasio says New York City is aiming to start reconstruction by the end of the summer on 500 homes that were wrecked during Superstorm Sandy.

The mayor unveiled a sweeping report Thursday that examines the city's recovery progress. He made the announcement from a Staten Island neighborhood that was battered by the storm.

De Blasio says the Build-It-Back program has been too complex and created confusion among homeowners. He says the city will reform the program by providing financial relief to homeowners and engaging local communities in the rebuilding process.

Only nine homes are currently under construction under the federally funded program. Build-It-Back was created by former Mayor Michael Bloomberg to primarily help New Yorkers repair, rebuild and elevate homes.

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