Scott Stringer Hosting Town Hall on Build It Back Program

By Nicholas Rizzi on May 28, 2014 11:42am 

 Comptroller Scott Stringer will host the latest in a series of town hall meeting aimed to get feedback from Hurricane Sandy victims about the Build It Back program on Wednesday, May 28, 2014 on Staten Island.
Comptroller Scott Stringer will host the latest in a series of town hall meeting aimed to get feedback from Hurricane Sandy victims about the Build It Back program on Wednesday, May 28, 2014 on Staten Island.
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MIDLAND BEACH — Staten Island Hurricane Sandy victims will get a chance to sound off about the city's Build It Back program at a town hall meeting hosted by Comptroller Scott Stringer on Wednesday night.

The meeting — the latest in a series designed to get feedback on the city's handling of Hurricane Sandy recovery before an audit by Stringer's office — will be at the Olympia Activity Center, 1126 Olympia Blvd. from 7 to 9 p.m., according to Stringer's office.

The Staten Island town hall is the last on Stringer's existing Build It Back schedule, but the comptroller's office said they plan to announce others in June.

In April, the comptroller's office launched a Sandy oversight unit that will take a critical look at how programs implemented after the storm spent federal aid money.

"When it comes to Sandy there's a lot to audit, because a lot has gone terribly wrong," Stringer said at the first town hall before the audit in Queens.

Residents railed against the federally funded Build It Back program at the first town hall meeting in Queens earlier this month, calling the program slow and mismanaged.

The rebuilding program, implemented by former Mayor Michael Bloomberg, was criticized by Mayor Bill de Blasio, who released a report in April detailing proposed changes to the program that included sending out 500 reimbursement checks by summer's end.

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