2013-01-04 / Top Stories

Governors Demand Sandy Relief Funds

New York Governor Andrew Coumo, Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie have joined together in demanding Congress move quickly on approving desperately needed hurricane relief dollars.

Governor Coumo’s office issued the following letter summarizing their position. “Dear Fellow New Yorker,

Today in an op-ed in the Washington Post, Governor Andrew Cuomo, with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy, called on Congress to approve critical disaster aid for New York and the Northeast as the entire region works to recover and rebuild after Hurricane Sandy.

Hurricane Sandy wreaked unprecedented devastation on the Northeast – destroying homes and businesses, leaving thousands of people homeless or displaced, crippling our transit system, ravaging our coasts, and causing billions of dollars in economic loss. In total, more than 17.5 million Americans were directly affected by the storm.

Our region’s governors have reached across the aisle and borders to work together during this time of crisis. The governors ask that Congress do the same.

They also said that despite a history of timely Congressional action in the wake of past national weather incident disasters, “this marks the seventh week since Sandy made landfall. And Congress has yet to act.”

Governor Cuomo, Christie and Malloy urge Congress to act now: “It’s time for Congress to stand with us.”

The Office of the Governor”

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