NEW YORK (FOX 5 NEWS) - Mary Kelly, 86, can only look at her home. She still can't live it. Her home in Breezy Point, Queens, was destroyed in Superstorm Sandy. In the last 4 years, she has been living with each of her six children in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut.
It took Mary about two and a half years to get approved for the city's Build It Back program, where federal aid is used to rebuild homes. Construction began in March. Mary was told it would be completed in 6 months. But 8 months later, it's not even close to being done. She says it is taking a toll on her health.
Superstorm Sandy hit in 2012. Mayor Mike Bloomberg was the mayor at the time. He started the Build It Back program 8 months later in June 2013.
When Bill de Blasio became mayor in 2014, he said there weren't any homes under construction and not a single homeowner had received a check.
As of today, the city says 84 percent of homeowners have either been issued a check or construction has begun on their home. By the end of the year, more than 90 percent will have received money or begun rebuilding. The city says it is complicated construction installing pilings and raising homes which can lead to delays.
But Mary just wants to enjoy what time she has left in her home.