Cuomo: Sandy cost NY $32B in damage and loss

Cuomo: Sandy cost NY $32B in damage and loss

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NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 30: Cars floating in a flooded subterranian basement following Hurricaine Sandy on October 30, 2012 in the Financial District of New York, United States. The storm has claimed at least 16 lives in the United States, and has caused massive flooding accross much of the Atlantic seaboard. US President Barack Obama has declared the situation a 'major disaster' for large areas of the US East Coast including New York City. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

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Associated Press

Posted on November 27, 2012 at 2:01 AM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 27 at 6:40 PM

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced that Superstorm Sandy ran up a bill of $32 billion in the state and the nation's largest city.

The cost is for repairs and restoration and does not include an additional accounting of over $9 billion to head off damage in the next disastrous storm, including steps to protect the power grid and cellphone network.

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg had announced earlier on Monday that Sandy caused $19 billion in losses in New York City — part of the $32 billion estimate Cuomo used.

Cuomo met with New York's congressional delegation to discuss the new figures and present "less than a wish list." The delegation, Cuomo and Bloomberg will now draw up a request for federal disaster aid.

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