The governors of the two states hit hardest by Superstorm Sandy are backing the White House’s proposed aid package.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie had $79 billion in aid between the two states, citing the need to recover and rebuild from the massive October storm. The White House is expected to send a $60.4 billion package to Congress tonight, but Christie and Cuomo said in a joint statement that the aid plan will be “crafted to afford maximum flexibility to state governments.”
Here’s the statement, issued a few minutes ago. Cuomo and Sen. Charles Schumer are expected to address the media at 5:15 p.m.
“During the past days and weeks, we have been working very closely with the President, administration officials and our respective congressional delegations to craft a supplemental appropriations request that meets the critical needs facing our states in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. Today’s agreement on the Administration’s request to Congress would authorize more than $60 billion in funding that will enable our states to recover, repair, and rebuild better and stronger than before. This package also includes funding to invest in essential mitigation and prevention efforts that will better protect our region against the devastating impacts of future superstorms.
“The request is crafted to afford maximum flexibility to state governments and we will continue to work with the Administration and Congress as our needs arise.
“We thank President Obama for his steadfast commitment of support and look forward to continuing our partnership in the recovery effort.”