NY public advocate proposes post-storm mold plan

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City Public Advocate Bill de Blasio says more needs to be done to fight mold in homes flooded by Superstorm Sandy.

Unchecked mold is a health hazard to people with mold allergies.

De Blasio is asking for FEMA aid to fund more inspections. He's also calling on the city to set up a mold hotline and perform health monitoring. He says thousands of moldy homes are making New Yorkers sick.

The federal government does not reimburse homeowners for mold remediation, nor does a city repair program aimed at restoring heat and electricity to damaged buildings.

Property owners are generally responsible for paying for mold cleanup themselves.

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