At least 40 percent of more than half a billion dollars raised for Sandy relief went unspent five months after the storm, according to a report released Wednesday by New York's attorney general.
Some $238 million of more than $575 million raised through 89 charitable organizations had not been spent to help Sandy victims as of April, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said.
At a press conference in Breezy Point, a Queens neighborhood devastated by the storm, Schneiderman said his office would ask at least 50 organizations for greater accounting of how Sandy relief contributions were spent.
"We have a responsibility to the people who donated their hard-earned money to help our community rebuild to make sure that the contributions they made were used as advertised," Schneiderman said in a statement.
The report also questioned why the American Red Cross, which raised over $299 million, would establish cut-off dates for Sandy relief.
A third of the organizations reviewed in the report spent 50 percent or less of donations raised for Sandy.
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