NY Gov. Requests Billions in Federal Disaster Aid

Governor Andrew Cuomo is asking billions in in federal disaster aid to rebuild after Superstorm Sandy.

People wait in line for gasoline at a Hess station in Brooklyn, where gas is still scarce, Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012, in New York. Fuel shortages and distribution delays that led to gas hoarding have promted New York City and Long Island to initiate an even-odd gas rationing plan which begins Friday at 6 a.m. in New York and 5 a.m. in Long Island. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

“The fuel situation is one of the systems that makes us incredibly vulnerable and you wouldn’t think about it. All this delay, all this anxiety, all the wait at the pumps, comes from about two days of loss of supply. We lost about two days in the fuel delivery system. And this chaos was created by a two-day loss of supply. What would a two week loss of supply look like? You paralyze the whole region.”

-Gov. Cuomo

NEW YORK, NY - Governor Andrew Cuomo is asking billions in in federal disaster aid to rebuild after Superstorm Sandy.

At a news conference in New York, Cuomo said he plans on requesting 30 billion dollars to cover the cataclysmic damage caused by the storm. He said that he thought the federal government would agree that the economy of New York is essential to the health of the country.

The funds would be used to cover costs to repair bridges, tunnels subways and commuter rail lines. It will also help rebuild homes and apartments, reimburse local governments for emergency services and make loans and grants to businesses.

The plan is based on an estimated 50-billion dollars in damages and would help cover the cost of improvements like a power grid meant to improve utilities' ability to find and fix outages and upgrade New York City's gasoline supply capacity.

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