President Barack Obama will wait for more details from Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office before commenting on the governor’s request for $30 billion in federal aid, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said today.
Cuomo, a Democrat, announced earlier this week that he will soon issue a formal request for $30 billion in federal aid to help New York rebuild. His office has estimated Sandy has cost at least $33 billion in damage and economic loss.
When asked about Cuomo’s request, Carney said he would wait for more information, according to a White House transcript.
“Well, we can’t comment specifically on that plan, as we haven’t seen it, but the administration continues to provide all available resources to support our state and local partners, as well as affected families,” Carney said. “The administration, as you know, has obligated more than $1.5 billion to support response and recovery efforts, which includes more than $600 million now, already approved in direct assistance to hundreds of thousands of individuals impacted by the storm.”
He continued: “And we will continue to work with the governors on ongoing recovery efforts, including supporting their efforts to develop appropriate long-term housing plans for those whose homes were damaged or destroyed.”
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