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De Blasio Administration marks Significant Progress on Sandy Recovery

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Streamed live on Jul 17, 2014

De Blasio Administration marks Significant Progress on Sandy Recovery, Announces Additional Improvements to Streamline Relief for Homeowners and Small Businesses

Following Build It Back overhaul, construction underway and reimbursement checks sent for hundreds of homeowners

Mayor de Blasio: ‘This is only the beginning—we are committed to getting every New Yorker the help they need to rebuild’

Standing outside a home being repaired by the Build It Back program, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced significant progress in the City’s Hurricane Sandy recovery work as a result of the major overhaul earlier this year.

When the de Blasio administration came into office, Build It Back applicants were stalled in the intake process. Not only were there no construction starts or reimbursement checks sent as of December 31—not a single homeowner had completed a design consultation.

The administration made a number of immediate changes, while also undertaking a comprehensive review of the program and appointed a new leadership team that includes Bill Goldstein as Senior Advisor to the Mayor for Recovery, Resiliency, and Infrastructure and Amy Peterson as the Director of the Housing Recovery Office. In April, Mayor de Blasio released a comprehensive report, “One City, Rebuilding Together,” and announced sweeping changes to the Build It Back program.

Today, Mayor de Blasio provided an update on the program and announced additional changes being made to further improve the recovery process.

For more information on the City’s housing recovery program, call the Build It Back Customer Service hotline at 212-615-8329, or visit www.nyc.gov/recovery/
For more information on the City’s business recovery program, call 311 or visit www.nyc.gov/nycbusiness.

1148 East 102nd Street
Brooklyn, NY 11236
July 17, 2014

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