At an event in the Rockaways yesterday, Mayor de Blasio announced a plan to reallocate $100 million in federal funds to aid victims of Hurricane Sandy.
The plan will improve relief delivery, 17 months after the devastating storm struck New York. According to a press release, rebuilding all destroyed homes is the main goal, with all applicants receiving aid, regardless of income or program prioritization. The plan will also boost the staff of the Housing Recovery Office, eliminate bureaucratic bottlenecks that have plagued victims for almost a year and a half, and generally streamline and jumpstart the long-stalled Build It Back program.
De Blasio was joined by Sen. Chuck Schumer, who reiterated the focus on rebuilding.
"The No. 1 priority was getting homeowners money so they could fix their properties," he said. "That process was so overly bureaucratic that no one in New York City has still gotten a single nickel."
At the event, the mayor also announced a new executive team to oversee the process. former executive VP at MTA Capital Construction Bill Goldstein will serve as a senior adviser; Amy Peterson—who's worked in government and non-profits since 1994—will be appointed director of the Housing Recovery Office; and the current head of the Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability, Daniel Zarrilli, will lead the new Office of Recovery and Resiliency.
· "Homeowners hit by Superstorm Sandy to receive $100 million in repair funds announces Mayor de Blasio" [NYDN]
· All Sandy coverage [Curbed]