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'We need help,' Cuomo says, lobbying Congress (+video)

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo appealed to Congress on Monday for billions in aid to assist the state's recovery effort following superstorm Sandy. Estimated damages are between $40 and $50 billion.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo lobbied Congress on Monday for billion of dollars to help rebuild from Superstorm Sandy, saying the U.S. House leader wanted a reconstruction bill passed by year's end.

Cuomo, a Democrat, put the damage from the late October storm at $40 billion to $50 billion for New York alone, with the total likely to rise.

"We need help. These are big numbers, even for New York," he told a news conference while flanked by members of the state's congressional delegation.


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