Councilmembers Eric Ulrich and Mark Treyger introduced legislation last month that would create a city monitor at the Department of Investigations (DOI) to ensure the honest, proper and efficient use of taxpayer dollars earmarked for Superstorm Sandy recovery.
This legislation requires the DOI Commissioner to investigate instances of waste, fraud and abuse in order to maximize the amount of aid delivered to individuals and communities throughout the city. The DOI would also advise the relevant agencies on practices and policies to improve the overall effectiveness of disaster recovery related programs.
Under this legislation, the DOI would establish and administer a telephone hotline for New Yorkers to report instances of fraud and mismanagement. Other provisions require the DOI Commissioner to produce and publish a report of all findings for the Mayor, City Council and applicable agencies. This report would also be made available to the public on the DOI 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. “This is commonsense piece of legislation will increase transparency and I look forward to its passage.”