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New York has distributed less than $1 million — about 3% — of the $27 million relief fund it pledged for undocumented immigrants and others ineligible for federal assistance after Hurricane Ida, which happened close to five months ago. About 500 applicants are supposed to get payments, but administrators do not anticipate the fund will be exhausted. Gov. Kathy Hochul’s budget proposal includes the leftover funds, which would ensure they’re available, but Hochul hasn’t specified how they will be used. Groups distributing the money are pushing for the government to create a permanent relief fund for undocumented immigrants affected by a similar disaster in the future. THE CITY
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