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FEMA Botches Sandy Repairs

Monday, January 28, 2013

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On the heels of Mayor Bloomberg’s announcement that more than 10,000 homes damaged by Sandy were repaired by FEMA’s Rapid Repairs program, recipients are complaining that government-funded contractors performed shoddy work that left them with potentially dangerous situations in need of more fixes.

David Biss, 60, of Manhattan Beach, Brooklyn, and his wife, Lisa Kaye, said the contractors who installed their new boiler and hot-water tank didn’t seem concerned with the basics — like making sure they were level.
The water tank is propped up on free weights to keep it from falling over, and the boiler is on two cinder blocks and a tile.

“There’s issues with the quality of the work,” said Biss, a retired Verizon vice president.

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