New York lawmakers are calling on the federal government to leave Hurricane Sandy aid untouched.
The call comes because of a dispute over how the law that allocated the funding was worded.
The federal Department of Housing and Urban Development, or HUD, says the law allows it to spread some of the remaining $3.5 billion in relief funds to other places that have suffered disasters, not just to Sandy recovery.
HUD has reportedly floated the idea of a competition to see where the money should go, but officials like Sen. Charles Schumer say the law clearly puts Sandy recovery first.
"HUD has the power right now to continue to send the Sandy dollars to New York and not divert them to other places," Schumer said. The purpose, the purpose of the Sandy legislation was to help New York and New Jersey first and foremost because we suffered the damage."
HUD says no decisions have been made on funding, and says, "Our number one priority is to continue working with state and local officials to address the remaining unmet needs of those affected by natural disasters."