Andrew Cuomo, the Governor of New York, has pressured officials at the White House and leaders in Congress to move quickly on providing billions in federal aid to pay for Superstorm Sandy’s damage.
At a news briefing in Washington, Cuomo said he expects that President Obama would submit a request for aid to Congress before the week is over. The governor added that John Boehner, the Speaker of the House had assured him that the legislators would act quickly on the aid request.
The New York governor said he did not go into details with Boehner, including the possibility that the aid package would have to be offset by cuts to the budget. Cuomo was adamant that he would not stop until the aid package had been approved. The New York Democrat said to reporters that he needs help, as the numbers are very big, even for New York standards.
Cuomo, Chris Christie, the governor of New Jersey and Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy have joined forces to unify the request for a total of $83 billion in funds from the federal government to rebuild the region.
The storm hit the region on October 29 killing 90 people, flooding the subway system in New York and ravaging towns along the coast from Atlantic City in New Jersey to Connecticut’s Bridgeport.
In New York, more than 305,000 homes and over 265,000 businesses were either destroyed or damaged by the storm and the state has requested nearly $42 billion in relief. Over $9 billion has been requested to make repairs in New York City and almost $5 billion of the Subway system that is run by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.