N.Y. A.G. Criticizes Charities for Delays Delivering Sandy Aid

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New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is criticizing charities for moving too slowly to deliver donations for Sandy victims.

Schneiderman’s preliminary report found that six months after the storm, about 40 percent of Sandy donations had yet to be spent. He said 12 charities reported that as of five months after the storm, they still had more than 75 percent of the money on hand.

Schneiderman unveiled his report at Breezy Point, where hundreds of homes are still in ruins or vacant from Sandy’s wrath.

Art Lighthall, the manager of the Breezy Point Coop, said many families can’t return because they don’t have the money.

“And many of those families need the support of charitable organizations who have collected funds ... because of the storm.”

About half of all Sandy donations went through the American Red Cross. Their most recent accounting claims three-quarters of Sandy donations have been spent.