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Mayor announces NYC home-repair program

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New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced a program to help speed up repairs to homes damaged by Superstorm Sandy.

Bloomberg said Friday that the program called NYC Rapid Repair is aimed at getting as many people back into their homes as possible.

 He said that starting Tuesday, New Yorkers whose homes were damaged in the storm can go to a city restoration center, get a Federal Emergency Management Agency number and sign up.

He said that once a homeowner signs up, a contractor will come and assess the damage and "within a short time, the work will be done."

Bloomberg said he expects FEMA to pay for most of the repairs.

He said the program will be efficient because contractors can work on multiple buildings in one area.

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