The de Blasio administration says it has met its Build It Back goal for the summer, although thousands of people are still waiting for help from the highly criticized recovery program.
The city says 535 home repairs have been started under the Hurricane Sandy recovery fund, and they say about the same number of reimbursement checks have been sent to homeowners who rebuilt on their own.
The mayor had set a goal off 500 repairs and 500 checks by Labor Day.
On Tuesday, de Blasio thanked his staff for working hard to reach the goal, but acknowledged there's more work to be done.
"Soon, we're going to announce a new set of goals because that was, part 1 was to get this program moving. It had been dead in the water as of January 1," de Blasio said.
There are an estimated 15- to 20,000 eligible for help under the Build It Back program.