Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Ulrich and Treyger Introduce Sandy Monitor Bill

News From…
City Council Member Eric Ulrich

**Press Release**
June 27, 2014

Rudy Giuliani (Ulrich)

Connor Greene (Treyger)

Ulrich and Treyger Introduce Sandy Monitor Bill             Legislation would create watchdog at DOI to oversee allocation of Sandy Dollars

New York, NY – Council Members Eric Ulrich (R-Queens) and Mark Treyger (D-Brooklyn) introduced legislation(Intro 406) today that would create a city monitor at the Department of Investigations (DOI) to ensure the honest, proper, and efficient use of taxpayer dollars earmarked for Hurricane Sandy recovery.

This legislation requires the DOI Commissioner to investigate instances of waste, fraud, and abuse
in order to maximize the amount of aid delivered to individuals and communities throughout the city. The DOI would also advise the relevant agencies on practices and policies to improve the overall effectiveness of disaster recovery related programs.

Under this legislation, the DOI would establish and administer a telephone hotline for New Yorker’s to report instances of fraud and mismanagement. Other provisions require the DOI Commissioner to produce and publish a report of all findings for the Mayor, City Council, and applicable agencies. This report would also be made available to the public on the DOI website.

“Whether it’s holding Build it Back more accountable, or making sure the city properly investigates cases of fraud and abuse, I am introducing this bill to ensure that every penny is spent wisely and honestly,” Said Council Member Eric Ulrich. “This is commonsense piece of legislation will increase transparency and I look forward to its passage.

Councilmember Treyger, Chairman of the Council’s Committee on Recovery and Resiliency said "Many homeowners, tenants and small business owners are still struggling from the impacts of Superstorm Sandy, so we have an incredible responsibility to get this recovery effort right. With so much money at stake, we have an obligation to prevent fraud and abuse so that storm victims can have full confidence in our ability to help every victim rebuild their homes, businesses and lives. This law is an important step towards making sure that all funding is used in an appropriate and efficient manner and goes directly to the many storm victims who are still waiting for help nearly two years after the storm."

Rudy S. Giuliani
Chief of Staff
Councilmember Eric Ulrich

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