Judge rules Hurricane Sandy victims can stay in New York City hotels

May 16, 2013 4:49:45 AM PDT
New Yorkers displaced by Superstorm Sandy will continue to be able to stay in city-paid hotel rooms.

The Wall Street Journal reports Wednesday a Manhattan judge ruled the city must continue to shelter hundreds of Sandy-displaced residents.

The city currently pays for 890 individuals to stay in hotels, at an average cost of $253 a day.

The Legal Aid Society represented Sandy-displaced residents who sued the city over whether it has done enough to help Sandy refugees find housing.

An attorney for the city's Law Department says the hotel program was never intended to continue indefinitely. She says the city will appeal the judge's ruling.

The city says it has spent more than $60 million over six months housing thousands of families in city-paid hotels.