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After reboot, NYC Sandy-repair program faces test of its turnaround; officials say it'll pass

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    FILE- In this April 11, 2013, file photo, a home in the process of being raised is seen in the Broad Channel section of Queens, New York. Days before a self-imposed deadline meant to signal a turnaround in Superstorm Sandy recovery, New York City’s home-repair program goal is 17 percent away from the 500 projects started and 500 reimbursement checks sent by Labor Day, but officials say they need only finalize paperwork to reach it. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File) (The Associated Press)

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    FILE- In this Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012 file photo, Joseph O'Grady, left, with Rockaway Reach, talks with Kevin Murphy as they discuss the renovation of Murphy's Superstorm-Sandy-damaged home in the Belle Harbor neighborhood of New York. With the target date just days away, New York City officials say that they are on track to accomplish their Superstorm Sandy repair goal of 500 projects started and 500 reimbursement checks sent by Labor Day. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File) (The Associated Press)

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    FILE - In this July 24, 2013 file photo, workers haul equipment to a house construction site in the Breezy Point community in the Queens borough of New York. New York City officials say that they only need to finalize the paperwork to achieve their first goal in the city’s Build It Back initiative. The milestone: 500 projects started and 500 reimbursement checks sent by Labor Day, represents only a fraction of the estimated 15,000 homes due for fixing or reimbursements under the program. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File) (The Associated Press)

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    FILE- In this Dec. 5, 2012 file photo, roofers from Fountain Roofing, a North Atlanta-based company, repair a damaged roof on a home in the storm-damaged Belle Harbor section of the Queens borough of New York. Although City officials are poised to proclaim success in reaching their Build it Back program’s first milestone of 500 projects started and 500 reimbursement checks sent by Labor Day, an estimated 15,000 homes are still waiting for fixing or reimbursement checks. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File) (The Associated Press)

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    In this Aug. 26, 2014 photo provided by the New York City Mayor's Office of Housing Recovery Operations, repairs continue on a home in the Staten Island borough of New York that was damaged in Superstorm Sandy. New York City officials are confident that they will meet the Build it Back program’s initial goal of starting 500 construction projects and sending 500 reimbursement checks by Labor Day. (AP Photo/New York City Mayor's Office of Housing Recovery Operations) (The Associated Press)

A New York City home repair program has been sprinting to meet a self-imposed deadline to signal a turnaround in Superstorm Sandy recovery. Officials say they're positioned to pass their test of rebuilding both houses and confidence.

The Build It Back initiative is tasked with starting 500 construction projects and sending 500 reimbursement checks by Labor Day.

Mayor Bill de Blasio (dih BLAH'-zee-oh) portrays the goals as jump-starting the program. It hadn't fixed a single house or dispatched any checks when he took office in January.

The city readily surpassed its goal for checks.

It counted 411 construction starts as of Tuesday, the latest figures available.

Officials have said many other projects were on the verge of starting. They said Friday they were confident they would hit 500.

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