New York City Public Advocate Bill de Blasio says more needs to be done to fight mold in homes flooded by Sandy.
Unchecked mold is a health hazard to people with mold allergies.
De Blasio is asking for FEMA aid to fund more inspections. He's also calling on the city to set up a mold hotline and perform health monitoring. He says thousands of moldy homes are making New Yorkers sick.
The federal government does not reimburse homeowners for mold remediation, nor does a city repair program aimed at restoring heat and electricity to damaged buildings.
Property owners are generally responsible for paying for mold cleanup themselves.