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January 07, 2013

Nonprofit N.Y. Care Centers Face Post-Sandy Scrutiny

Two nonprofit care facilities in New York City are facing questions from watchdogs following media reports on substandard conditions for elderly and disabled residents displaced by Superstorm Sandy, according to the Associated Press.

The state attorney general's office sent investigators to the Bishop Henry B. Hucles Episcopal Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Center in Brooklyn, which was at more than double its capacity because of an influx of evacuees from another facility. Two months after the storm, many patients were still sleeping field-hospital style on rows of cots.

Separately, MFY Legal Services, a legal-aid charity, is raising questions about Belle Harbor Manor, a Queens adult-care home where many residents are still being charged rent despite being flooded out of their rooms by Sandy and being moved in and out of temporary shelters, the AP says.