AP Source: Sandy cost NY, NYC $42B in damage, loss

AP Source: Sandy cost NY, NYC $42B in damage and loss; Bloomberg, Cuomo plan fed aid requests

Associated Press

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- Superstorm Sandy ran up a $42 billion bill on New York and the state and New York City are making big requests for disaster aid from the federal government, according to a Cuomo administration official.

The official provided the new, higher total on the condition of anonymity because an announcement was scheduled for later Monday.

The cost includes $32 billion for repairs and restoration but also includes an additional accounting of $9 billion for mitigation of damage and for preventive measures for the next disastrous storm.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo met with the New York's congressional delegation Monday to discuss the new figures. The delegation, Cuomo and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg will now draw up a request for federal disaster aid.

Bloomberg announced earlier Monday that Sandy caused $19 billion in losses in New York City, which is part of the $30 billion estimate Cuomo used.

The mayor is asking federal lawmakers to put up nearly $10 billion to reimburse government agencies and private businesses. That would be additional funding on an expedited basis over the $5.4 billion in standard disaster aid that the city projects it will receive from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

"The city will struggle to recover in the long term unless expedited federal funding is supplied," Bloomberg said.

That FEMA money and private insurance won't cover all the public and private expenses from the storm, which included damaged streets and restaurants closed because of flooding, Bloomberg said.

"While the impact of the storm will be felt for some time and the challenges are great, I am confident that the city will rebound and emerge stronger than ever," Bloomberg wrote to the congressional delegation.

Monday's briefing comes at a difficult time for Washington because of the dwindling funds left in the account of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Compounding the problem is the congressional effort to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff that requires significant spending cuts by the end of the year.

Hard times were already facing the state and city governments which were staring at deficits of more than $1 billion before Sandy hit at the end of October. State tax receipts have also missed projections, showing a continued slow recovery from recession that could hit taxpayers in the governments' next budgets.

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Associated Press writer Jennifer Peltz in New York City contributed to this report.

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