Legislation introduced in the City Council this week would give the city Department of Investigation oversight over Sandy aid money.
The bill, introduced by Councilmembers Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) and Mark Treyger (D-Brooklyn), would require the DOI commissioner to investigate instances of waste, fraud and abuse dealing with storm aid. The DOI would also advise the relevant agencies on practices and policies to improve the overall effectiveness of disaster recovery-related programs.
Furthermore, the DOI would be required to establish and administer a telephone hotline for New Yorkers to report instances of fraud and mismanagement.
Also, the agency would produce and publish a report of all findings for the its mayor, City Council and applicable agencies and make it available to the public on its 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,” Ulrich said in a statement.