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

Michael Gormley Associated Press

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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