New York City To Changed Sandy Rebuilding Program

NEW YORK (April 17, 2014) New York Mayor Bill de Blasio says the city aims to start reconstruction by the end of the summer on 500 homes that were destroyed in Superstorm Sandy.

The mayor unveiled a sweeping report Thursday that examines the city's recovery progress as 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.

The city will reform the program by providing financial relief to homeowners and engaging local communities in the rebuilding process, he said.

Only nine homes are 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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