Cuomo likens Katrina, Sandy as damage total soars
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared Superstorm Sandy in some ways worse than 2005’s Hurricane Katrina as he said his state would need $42 billion to recover from the damage wreaked in late October and prevent future catastrophe.
The figure includes more than $32 billion for damage and restoration and an additional $9 billion to head off damage in future storms, including steps to protect the power grid and cellphone network.
As he and other political leaders in his state conferred on how much federal aid to seek, he said New York taxpayers can’t foot the bill.
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