NY governor to seek $30B in superstorm federal aid

NY governor to seek $30B in superstorm federal aid

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo plans to request at least $30 billion in federal disaster aid to rebuild after Superstorm Sandy, which heavily damaged parts of New York City and Long Island, an administration official said today.

The administration will use the money to cover repair and emergency costs, as well as infrastructure improvements, confirmed the official, who wasn’t authorized to speak publicly because the details haven’t been finalized.

Such improvements include repairs of bridges, tunnels subways and commuter rail lines, plus help to rebuild homes and apartments, reimburse local governments for emergency services and make loans and grants to businesses.

Last week, Cuomo said the storm would cost New York state $33 billion and he was counting on a commitment from the Obama administration for 100 percent reimbursement for many public costs of rebuilding.

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