Mayor Bill de Blasio says the city should have been quicker in responding to a sewage problem in Queens.
Nearly 80 homes in South Ozone Park were flooded and damaged after a pipe became backed up near JFK Airport. The mayor announced that the city is using emergency procurement to hire contractors to clean up the mess.
“We are implementing the emergency procurement process to ensure that homes are cleaned quickly, and we are going to work with each and every New Yorker who experienced flooding to make sure they get back on their feet,” de Blasio said in a statement.
The mayor has promised that the city will pay for damage caused.
“I feel for the homeowners in Queens who were affected by the sewage blockage this weekend,” de Blasios said.
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