By Brianne Barry & Sierra Leone
November 16th, 2013
The federal government has pumped over $3 billion dollars into New York City recovery efforts in the wake of Superstorm Sandy. But some critics say the money has been been slow in getting to storm victims.
City Council members Donovan Richards, Jr. (D-Queens) and Brad Lander (D-Brooklyn) are among the co-sponsors of a bill that would create a public online database that tracks how federal relief funds are being distributed and used.
Public Advocate-elect Letitia James, other elected officials and community members rallied on the steps of City Hall to draw attention to the proposal. The demonstration was followed by a City Council Finance Committee meeting where a representative for Mayor Bloomberg unveiled plans to create a similar database.
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