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Four Charities Agree To Accelerate Spending For Sandy Relief Efforts

American Red Cross Has Pledged An Additional $6-Million
A home destroyed by superstorm Sandy on the beach in Bell Harbor, Queens - Jan. 2, 2013 (credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

A home destroyed by superstorm Sandy on the beach in Bell Harbor, Queens – Jan. 2, 2013 (credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – Four charities that raised money for Superstorm Sandy relief efforts have agreed to either accelerate spending or kick in more cash as a result of negotiations with New York state.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced Thursday that the American Red Cross has pledged an additional $6 million to storm victims. That’s on top of the $308 million it raised previously for Sandy relief.

“We are all working as hard as we can using every lever available to us to help the people who were harmed”, Schneiderman said.

Three other charities have agreed to a timetable for spending money still sitting in the bank on the storm’s anniversary. They are the New York Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church; Kids in Distressed Situations; and a foundation established by New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees.

Schneiderman has been pressing charities not to sit on large sums of relief aid for extended periods of time.

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