2013-12-13 / Top Stories

Richards Says About Time Sandy $$ Tracked

After the threat of proposed legislation introduced by Council Member Donovan Richards that would force the city to shine a light on where billions of dollars are being spent to rebuild communities post Hurricane Sandy, the Bloomberg Administration officially launched the “Sandy Tracker” website.

In response to the demand for accountability, the Mayor’s office launched the website which summarizes how much funding the city has received and how much it has spent. The City Council’s legislation will require more detail in the way expenditures are to be reported, which will include highlighting the number of jobs created by each city contract. Additionally, in efforts to encourage contractors to fulfill local hiring mandates, Richards will require by law that the tracker disclose all hired workers by their residential zip code.

Click on this link to view the website: www1.nyc.gov/sandytracker.

“I am elated that New York City has finally launched a website that openly tracks where dollars are going to rebuild devastated communities from the Rockaways to Staten Island,” said Council member Richards. “Government has an obligation to be transparent and to be held accountable to the taxpayers who are footing this bill to help families get back in their homes.”

According to Richards, his legislation is still expected to pass the council in December to ensure that the next administration maintains the progress.

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