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New York governor wants £18.8bn for hurricane rebuild

New York governor Andrew Cuomo said he is seeking $30bn (£18.8bn) from the US federal government to fund repairs following Hurricane Sandy.

Cuomo said the extra funds are needed to reimburse costs as well as to help repair and rebuild infrastructure in New York state.

“I think a fair appropriation for this state is $30bn and wise investment for the federal government,” said Cuomo in a press conference yesterday.

“Reimbursing out of pocket expenses does not come close to making up New York state’s economic,” added Cuomo. “New York needs supplemental appropriation from federal government in addition to 100% Fema [Federal Emergency Management Agency] reimbursement for out-of-pocket expenses.”

Cuomo added New York’s infrastructure needs to prepare for Hurricane Sandy storm events in the future as they become more common.

“Hurricanes never happened in New York; now they do,” he added.

“It’s not having utility companies that deal with the weather in the 1950 and 1960s; its weather patterns that are emerging. That is a challenge for all of us across the board.”

Cuomo added New York needs to be more resilient against future outages of fuel or power.

“If you want paralyse a region just stop the fuel for two days – that’s what happened. You stop it and it paralyses the region and that is the new reality.”

“If we are smart we will be ready for it [the next storm]. That is what will be talking about in the next few months,” added Cuomo.

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