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Schumer: City Moving Too Slowly to Distribute Sandy Federal Aid to Homeowners

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Sen. Charles Schumer says that the city is moving too slowly in distributing federal aid to homeowners who were affected by Hurricane Sandy.

The senator met with homeowners in the Rockaways Monday.

He said that both the Bloomberg and de Blasio administrations have approached the distribution of aid incorrectly.

The city received a $1.77 billion federal grant and allocated $648 million to the Build it Back program, but only $9.7 million has been spent so far.

Schumer said that that needs to change quickly.

"I got along well with Mayor Bloomberg, but one of my great disputes was that they were much too slow in giving out homeowner aid. They were so interested in dotting each 'i' and crossing each 't' that homeowners were left," Schumer said. "I busted my chops, as did a good number of my colleagues, to make sure there was adequate money for every homeowner, regardless of income, and so the money, the $60 billion, covers everybody, with some give. And the city is just taking its sweet time."

Schumer said that he intends to meet with de Blasio on the issue soon.

The senator also pointed to Long Island as proof that the slow distribution is not the state's fault, saying that they have distributed aid much more quickly than the city.

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