Schumer pitches mold relief in Sandy aid bill

Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., right, accompanied by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y, gestures as he speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Jan. 4, 2013, to discuss Superstorm Sandy aid. The first large aid package for victims of the deadly Superstorm Sandy started moving through the U.S. Congress on Friday, as the U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved $9.7 billion to pay flood insurance claims. A Senate vote was expected later in the day. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

January 8, 2013 1:29:36 PM PST
New York Sen. Charles Schumer says the second part of the Sandy relief aid package includes as much as $1 billion to help homeowners deal with mold remediation.

Schumer estimates as many as 300,000 homes in New York alone suffered flood damage in the October storm. Many of those homes are now inundated with dangerous mold.

FEMA strictly limits reimbursements for mold relief. However, Schumer says part of the $51 billion aid package to be voted on by the House next week includes money to address the problem.

He says the money would be distributed through the Department of Housing and Urban Development, not FEMA.

Schumer says he's both optimistic and worried about next week's vote.