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New York mayor unveils £310M rapid repair programme

New York mayor Michael Bloomberg has unveiled a $500M (£312M) rapid repair programme to restore power, heat and hot water to homes damaged by Hurricane Sandy.

The emergency funding will be used to send teams of contractors and New York City inspectors to quickly assess and repair damaged homes covering up front costs.

More than 6,000 New York residents have signed up to programme with teams already visiting almost 1,700 homes.

The latest announcement brings the total emergency spend since Hurricane Sandy by New York City up to £1.2bn. Other areas of spend include £188M on repairing hospitals and a further £125M on restoring the city’s public schools.

The New York department of transportation is also spending £18M on repairing escalators, elevators and electrical systems for the Staten Island Ferry Terminals, as well as procuring construction services on the Battery Park and West Street road underpasses in lower Manhattan, all inundated with water following Hurricane Sandy.


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