City comptroller report: Only 54% of Superstorm Sandy funding used

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Following the devastation of Superstorm Sandy seven years ago, federal agencies gave New York City $14.7 billion to help rebuilding efforts -- but according to the city's comptroller, nearly half of that money remains untouched.

City Comptroller Scott Stringer is calling on resiliency projects to be prioritized in an effort to help coastal communities across the city so they're better prepared for another storm.

Rising tides have already become a problem in neighborhoods like Howard Beach in Queens. It's an inconvenience that may seem minor, but turns dangerous when first responders drive through floods to answer emergencies.

Stringer's report shows that without action, low-lying neighborhoods like Coney Island are expected to face monthly tidal flooding in the next 30 years.

He says the money is there -- reporting that since March of 2019, New York City had only spent 54% of the $14.7 billion in federal funding. He says only 14% went toward resiliency projects.

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