Superstorm Sandy's tab swelled Wednesday as New York and New Jersey estimated they would need $79 billion in federal aid to cover damages, recovery and mitigation measures to cope with a future storm.
In a joint statement released Wednesday, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie pledged to coordinate their recovery efforts and called on the Obama administration to support them.
“Our economies and infrastructures are inextricably linked and, in many ways, dependent on one another, which is why we share common goals in the rebuilding effort,” the governors said in a news release. “We will work with our respective congressional delegations and the Obama administration to ensure that our states receive federal support commensurate with the damage wrought by the storm and experienced by our residents.”
Cuomo’s request for federal aid included $9.1 billion in mitigation and prevention costs, such as installing flood controls for the World Trade Center site and underground public transportation, both of which filled with water after Sandy made landfall Oct. 29.