Audit: NY Sandy relief program paid millions for flawed work

Staff Writer
Columbus CEO

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City's comptroller says a program meant to rebuild homes wrecked by Superstorm Sandy paid $6.8 million to contractors for "flawed or incomplete" work.

The audit of the city's Build It Back program was released Tuesday. It examined how the program helped New Yorkers between June 1, 2013, and Aug. 1, 2014.

The much-maligned program was launched by former Mayor Michael Bloomberg after the 2012 storm to help repair, rebuild and elevate homes. The storm killed people in several states but hit New York and New Jersey the hardest.

Comptroller Scott Stringer says city officials paid some contractors twice, resulting in a loss of $245,000. He says thousands of applications were incomplete or insufficiently documented and some contractors double-billed storm victims.

The city has terminated its relationship with the private company hired to manage the subcontractors.