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In FEMA's Coils

11:34 AM, Dec 3, 2012 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
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At a time when many are preparing for the holidays, dozens of homeowners affected by Tropical Storm Irene are still waiting for the funds they need to get back on their feet. The Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved buyouts of several properties, but none of the owners has gotten any money.

"I would have expected it within a year, and that's gone by," says Bonnie Pemberton whose home ... was destroyed in the flood. 

Ms. Pemberton and Mr. Kimball might find the delay hard to understand since, unlike Governor Cuomo, they have never run a big government agency or an entire state government.  But there are rituals and standards and procedures to be followed, including

... environmental approvals, and, in some cases, even more time-consuming historical preservation reviews that have to be completed before homeowners get money.

And government will not be rushed.

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