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DC: Mayor Bloomberg on Sandy Aid

DC: Mayor Bloomberg on Sandy Aid

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Published by Celeste Katz
"The following are Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s remarks as delivered this afternoon at the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, DC."
"The following are Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s remarks as delivered this afternoon at the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, DC."

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Published by: Celeste Katz on Nov 28, 2012
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The following are Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s remarks as delivered this afternoon at the U.S.Capitol Building in Washington, DC:
“Chuck, thank you, and thank you for hosting us today.“Earlier this week, Governor Cuomo and I met with you and the other members of our state’s Congressional delegation, as well as local leaders from all around New York, all thecommunities hit very hard by Hurricane Sandy.“In order to be successful, we all agreed we need to get some support from both Democrats andRepublicans. Hurricane recovery is not a partisan issue – and in New York, we have a unitedfront of Democrats and Republicans.“Now, we have to bring together both sides in Washington – and both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue.“Today I met with leaders of the House and Senate, including: House Majority Leader EricCantor; House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi; Congressman Hal Rogers, the chair of the House Appropriations Committee; and Senators Sue Collins and Lamar Alexander, key Republicanappropriators.“I did have a long talk and lunch with Housing and Urban Development Secretary ShaunDonovan, the President’s point-person on post-hurricane reconstruction.“I did thank them all for the help we’ve received from Washington already, including from theDepartment of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. I willsay that the support of both of those agencies was exemplary and people kept asking me isthere anything we could improve on, and I had to say honestly no that I don’t know of onecomplaint. These people, both agencies, have worked as hard as anybody could and effectivelyas anybody could ask for.“I described the enormous job of recovery that is still ahead of us – a job that we’re undertakingin close proximity with Governor Cuomo, and members of both parties of New York State’sCongressional delegation.“Our reception was very good. Everyone I met with understands the severity of the damage andthe importance of helping.“Sandy, as many of you know, was the most destructive storm ever to hit the Northeast. Forty-three people in our city lost their lives; tens of thousands of people saw their homes andbusinesses severely damaged or, in a handful of cases, actually destroyed.“In response, New York City has already authorized some $1.2 billion in emergency spending.We haven’t waited for Washington to act first. The City Council did approve an increase to our capital budget so we can start right away working on repairing schools and hospitals and publichousing units.“In addition to spending many millions of dollars in hurricane rescue operations, removing stormdebris, making emergency infrastructure repairs, and providing disaster assistance to stormvictims the City has already approved more than $1 million in emergency loans of up to $25,000each to more than 52 storm-impacted small businesses. That’s cash already in their handsthat’s helping them get back on their feet.“Moving on to the larger-ticket items, we’ve also started to work on the public schools, gettingthem back. I’m happy to say as of this morning I think there were only five schools where we still

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