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Public Advocate Bill De Blasio has called on the Federal Emergency Management Administration to help pay for the removal of mold growing in homes that were flooded during Superstorm Sandy.
De Blasio also called yesterday for the creation of a hotline for mold-related inquiries, expanding mold inspections and the establishment of a health surveillance network to monitor respiratory illnesses in areas affected by the storm.
De Blasio, a presumptive candidate for mayor in 2013, posted his four-point plan for dealing with mold on his website.
Gotham Gazette reported earlier this month that public health officials and recovery workers are increasingly concerned about the health risks posed to residents living in homes where mold has been growing.
The city's health officials have been monitoring the situation in storm-ravaged areas.
Image of De Blasio courtesy of Azi Paybarah, used under Creative Commons license.