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

10:36 PM, Nov 26, 2012   |    comments
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By MICHAEL GORMLEY / Associated Press

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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