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

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

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FILE - This Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012 aerial file photo shows the Breezy Point neighborhood, in New York, where more than 50 homes were burned to the ground as a result of Superstorm Sandy. 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 one of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration officials. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- Gov. Andrew Cuomo says Superstorm Sandy ran up a $42 billion bill on New York and the state and New York City will make big requests for disaster aid from the federal government.

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.

Cuomo says New York taxpayers can't foot the bill.

He met with the New York's congressional delegation Monday to discuss the new figures that he said is "less than a wish list." The delegation, Cuomo and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg will now draw up a request for federal disaster aid.

Democratic Sen. Charles Schumer and Republican Rep. Peter King say they will work together.

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

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