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From the November 16, 2012 issue of Public Power Daily

Originally published November 16, 2012

By Jeannine Anderson

President Obama said yesterday that he was assigning Shaun Donovan, the secretary of Housing and Urban Development, to oversee the New York area's long-term recovery from Hurricane Sandy, The New York Times reported. The president said he wanted federal officials to work with state and local leaders in New York and New Jersey "to come up with a game plan for how we're going to be able to resource the rebuilding process." Hurricane Sandy killed more than 100 people on its trip along the East Coast in late October -- most of them in New York and New Jersey -- and left more than 8 million electricity customers in the dark along the Eastern Seaboard. New York Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand earlier this week asked for as much as $1 billion in federal aid to rebuild 120 miles of coastline, from Rockaway Beach in Queens to Montauk Point on Long Island, the Times said.


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