Lew Leone is the vice president and general manager of WNYW-FOX 5. He is taking to the airwaves with his thoughts on current affairs. It's called "Lew's View." The views expressed are not necessarily those of the station or its employees.
It's been one year since Superstorm Sandy and there are still people suffering, and much recovery work left to be done.
One shocking fact came to light this week that has left many New Yorkers shaking their heads. New York City was given $648 million from the federal government earmarked for housing recovery. As of today only one person has been helped by these funds.
That's an embarrassment. How is this possible? Well if you go looking for answers, all you find are excuses and finger pointing. If you remember, our local government officials had to fight to get this money which was finally approved by Congress in January of this year.
Since that time, paperwork, documentation, red-tape and environmental studies have all contributed to the delays in distributing the money. Clearly the system is broken. Little has changed since Katrina, and in fact the Wall Street Journal points out that the housing recovery process has actually gotten worse since that storm.
What can we do? Here at Fox 5 we've been trying to do our part by keeping the story in the news and doing daily Sandy recovery stories.
It's not enough for our local and national leaders to just start the process by approving the allocation of funds and then go back to their day jobs. We must hold them accountable for moving forward and finishing the job.
The $648 million that is just sitting there is desperately needed to help put victims back on their feet, stimulate the local economy and enable us to keep our promises.
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