NYAPRS Note: Governor Cuomo’s request for federal disaster aid is critical to our community to avoid big state budget pressures that might cut deeper into state mental health funding.
Cuomo To Ask Feds For Nearly $42 Billion For Sandy Aid
Posted by: Jessica Bakeman – Gannett News Services November 27, 2012
Gov. Andrew Cuomo will ask the federal government for about $42 billion in emergency funds to aid the state and local governments in the recovery from Superstorm Sandy, he announced Monday afternoon.
That includes $32.8 billion in repair and restoration costs and $9.1 billion for prevention and mitigation.
Cuomo’s briefing followed a Manhattan meeting with New York’s Congressional delegation.
“The devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy is of unprecedented proportions, ranking among the worst natural disasters in our nation’s history in terms of loss of life, property damage and economic impact,” Cuomo said in a statement. “Today’s meeting with our state’s Congressional delegation builds upon the close cooperation between local, state and federal partners that has existed throughout Hurricane Sandy and in the storm’s aftermath.
“Working together, we will rebuild stronger and better than ever before, so New York state is better prepared and has the infrastructure in place to handle future major weather incidents,” he continued.
See Sandy Impact Summary at http://www.scribd.com/doc/114504751/Sandy-Impact-Summary