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Federal officials are considering opening up over $1 billion of remaining Sandy aid to other recently hit disaster areas outside of New York, according to the Wall Street Journal. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) believes it is required by law to spread out the funds. HUD is proposing a competition that would reward resiliency against future disasters. The news comes just days after Mayor Bill de Blasio announced his plans for reform of New York City's Sandy recovery process, which includes asking for an additional $1 billion from the federal government. New Jersey and New York State have also requested billions more. Of the $60 billion Congress set aside for Sandy aid, $3.6 billion is left.

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