Queens Congressman Has an Easy Fix for Addressing Misallocated Sandy FEMA Funds

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Superstorm FEMAPhoto: Kathy Willens/Corbis

As we found out earlier this month, FEMA wants refunds from elderly and infirm Queens residents who received agency money for temporary post-Sandy housing, but that they used for other purposes since the state was shuttling them from shelter to shelter. (The Belle Harbor Manor residents say that the purpose was never clearly explained to them by the people who filled out their applications, whereas FEMA says that rules are rules, and it’s obligated to recoup its money.) Now Queens congressman Gregory Meeks has a solution: to reintroduce a law first passed post-Katrina, that gives FEMA discretion on which cases of misuse to pursue. Problem solved.