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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Connecticut Lags in Use of Sandy Relief

By Neena Satija

As Connecticut’s shoreline continues to struggle after Superstorm Sandy pummeled it seven months ago, tens of millions of dollars in federal assistance approved for the state -– and most likely more –-  has not yet helped those who need it.

Much of the delay is due to the routine bureaucracy of the federal government. But some of the lag is unique to Connecticut, which has not yet decided how it will spend any of the money it was awarded from the Sandy relief bill Congress passed in January.

The federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), which will allocate $16 billion of the money from the relief bill, has so far announced $72 million for Connecticut. Nearly four months after that announcement, the state has yet to submit its plan for using that money, which must then be approved by HUD.

“It’s enormously frustrating,” said state Rep. Diana Urban, D-North Stonington. “Listen, if we don’t get this money on the street, I don’t care how much you say there is, I don’t care how much you say you want to help. Wanting isn’t getting it there.”

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