Bloomberg asks congressional delegation for Sandy aid

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New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg sent a letter today to members of the state’s congressional delegation estimating $9.8 billion of the $19 billion in public and private losses the city suffered from Superstorm Sandy will not be covered by private insurers or the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Bloomberg’s letter pointed out that Congress “has long funded the response and recovery from natural disasters in supplemental appropriations.’’
“In the past decade Congress has authorized supplemental appropriations after hurricanes, floods and tornadoes including $120 billion worth of aid in several bills passed in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina,’’ Bloomberg wrote.

Meanwhile, Gov. Andrew Cuomo met this morning with some members of the state’s congressional delegation in his Manhattan office to discuss the state’s request for federal money.

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