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Grimm Criticizes Storm Recovery Program

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When Superstorm Sandy destroyed Maureen Childs’ Staten Island home, she turned to New York City’s Build it Back program for help. She says what she got back was heartache.

At a news conference Wednesday, Rep. Michael Grimm, who represents Staten Island and part of Brooklyn, highlighted what he called failures in a program designed to help victims of Sandy get back on their feet: problems with communication, paperwork, and misinformation.

Grimm said sandy victims are hostages in bureaucratic red tape that is victimizing them all over again.

Childs said she had no choice but to use all her retirement money to rebuild her home.