NEW YORK (AP) - A New York City home repair program has been sprinting to meet a self-imposed deadline to signal a turnaround in Superstorm Sandy recovery. Officials say they're positioned to pass their test of rebuilding both houses and confidence.
The Build It Back initiative is tasked with starting 500 construction projects and sending 500 reimbursement checks by Labor Day.
Mayor Bill de Blasio (dih BLAH'-zee-oh) portrays the goals as jump-starting the program. It hadn't fixed a single house or dispatched any checks when he took office in January.
The city readily surpassed its goal for checks.
It counted 411 construction starts as of Tuesday, the latest figures available.
Officials have said many other projects were on the verge of starting. They said Friday they were confident they would hit 500.