N.Y. Sen. Schumer: Officials in Intense Lobbying Effort for Federal Sandy Aid

December 3, 2012

New York Sen. Charles Schumer says New York expects to get tens of billions of dollars in federal money to cover damages from Superstorm Sandy.

Sen. Schumer, second from right, surveying Sandy damages at NYU Langone Medical Center on Nov. 9. Photo: Jocelyn Augustino/FEMA
However, the Democrat told a news conference Sunday that it’s not a done deal.

He says he and other New York officials are staging an intense lobbying effort in Washington to make sure the money is approved before year’s end.

The supplemental federal funds for New York under discussion top $40 billion.

Schumer says the money should cover destroyed homes, transit systems, hospitals and small businesses.

The senator says more than 300,000 homes had “serious damage.”

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