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It's been a year and a half since Superstorm Sandy struck, yet none of the nearly 20,000 homeowners registered under the city's Build it Back program has seen construction begin on their property. Only 100 or so of those homeowners had signed a deal for how much assistance they would get to rebuild, according to a recent report by Alliance For a Just Rebuilding. The program has managed to go through $10 million since it began in June. Mayor Bill de Blasio promised during his election campaign to keep the city's Sandy rebuilding efforts on track, but some homeowners are skeptical. De Blasio promised a review of his predecessors' work in the coming weeks and would reveal his own plan. The city council plans to hold a hearing on the Build It Back program in March


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