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NYC Council: Show Us The (Sandy) Money

By Jennifer Fermino
April 19th 2013

A new City Council bill aims to shine a light on where billions in taxpayer funds for Hurricane Sandy rebuilding will go.

The bill – co-sponsored by Councilmen Brad Lander and Donovan Richards – would force contractors who accept public money for Sandy work to publicly disclose everything from what wages they are paying to where workers live.

The info would be posted on a searchable database of all Sandy construction work.

The number of jobs the project creates, whether the contractor is awarding health benefits, and what subcontractors are being hired would also be included in the database.

Supporters say it will help the public feel comfortable that their money is being well spent — and deter those who are considering ripping off the fund.

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