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NYC’s Build it Back program full of mismanagement and billing errors

Posted on Tuesday, April 7th, 2015 at 5:33 pm    

An audit by the city comptroller states that NYC’s Build it Back program paid contractors $6.8 million for work that was improperly or inadequately carried out, ABC News reported on March 31.

City comptroller Scott Stringer stated that under the previous administration of Michael Bloomberg, the city’s program, which was supposed to help homeowners repair and elevate their homes after Hurricane Sandy, was filled with mismanagement and billing errors. Stringer said contractors were overpaid or billed for processing an incomplete or insufficient application. Stringer added that the city’s Office of Housing Recovery Operations failed to monitor contractors and subcontractors; one subcontractor hired untrained and under-educated employees.

A spokeswoman for the Mayor’s Office said the current administration is implementing the report’s recommendations as part of its efforts to overhaul the program.

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