A group of low-income New Yorkers affected by Sandy have filed a lawsuit against the city.
They accuse the Bloomberg administration of denying them access to food-stamp benefits designed to assist disaster survivors.
The city's Human Resources Administration administers the program. In December, it said residents in 10 ZIP Codes and parts of two others would be eligible for the program. The zone was much smaller than the 82 ZIP Codes the city designated for a similar program in November.
According to the Wall Street Journal, the lawsuit claims the city "limited the program to those included within some arbitrary line on the map.'' It says "tens if not hundreds of thousands" of people have been excluded from the benefit.
The HRA said the city will contest the suit.