Some state lawmakers today said they may need to return to Albany for a special session to provide state aid for downstate areas hard hit by Hurricane Sandy.
Sen. Thomas Libous, R-Binghamton, said lawmakers returned to Albany last December in part to approve aid to areas hard hit by tropical storms Irene and Lee—including his district. He said it would be appropriate to do the same for New York City and its suburbs.
“We did it a year ago. I think government has to help people when they are in need like this,” Libous said in Capitol Pressroom.
Libous added that, “I’ve supported financial resources in the past for my region. I would be extremely open and want to help other regions in the state, in this case the downstate region, in a time of need.”
Gov. Andrew Cuomo hasn’t addressed whether he will need an infusion of state cash to help with the cleanup from Hurricane Sandy. He is focused on the cleanup and trying to get as much federal aid as possible—perhaps as much as 100 percent in reimbursement.
Cuomo’s top aide Larry Schwartz said on Talk 1300-AM that a special session is “not on the governor’s mind right now.”
But Cuomo has indicated in recent days that the state needs to take a larger look at its infrastructure and how it can prevent future flooding, which he said is becoming an all-too-common occurrence.