New York City's program to aid residents hit by Hurricane Sandy is still stumbling two years after the storm, according to the city's Department of Investigation. The New York Daily News has a report (see: "Needless delays frustrate thousands of Hurricane Sandy victims still waiting for city aid: investigation," by Erin Durkin). Reports the Daily News: "More than 90% of the 14,000 homeowners who submitted applications still haven't received help, two years after the storm, the city Department of Investigation said. More than 6,000 others have withdrawn their applications or have become 'unresponsive' — some out of frustration, and not because they no longer need help, the investigation found."
The Wall Street Journal has this report (see: "Sandy Aid Has Yet to Reach Thousands, City Report Says," by Laura Kusisto). Reports the Journal: "The report lends weight to complaints by residents and politicians that have shadowed the program for months. Among them: lost paperwork; an application process with unneeded extra steps; and environmental reviews that slowed the distribution of aid."
Officials in the current administration of Mayor Bill de Blasio say that complaints about the aid program are related to the previous Michael Bloomberg administration. "Many of the initial concerns outlined in the [Department of Investigation] report are ones the de Blasio administration shared when we came into office, and worked to immediately fix as part of the Build It Back overhaul earlier this year," a Build It Back spokeswoman told the Wall Street Journal.