Two weeks after Superstorm Sandy ravaged the East Coast, President Obama is schedule to tour damage on Long Island, New York City and hard-hit Staten Island on Thursday.
Two weeks after Superstorm Sandy ravaged the east coast, and destroyed portions of Long Beach, Fire Island, Babylon, Lindenhurst and especially, Staten Island, President Barack Obama comes to the area to view the recovery efforts.
Obama previously toured portions of New Jersey, accompanied by Gov. Chris Christie on Oct. 31, just hours after Sandy subsided.
The president, who hasn’t left Washington D.C. since securing his second term in office last week, will take a helicopter flight over Long Island, Brooklyn and parts of the NYC coastline before taking a tour of the ground on Staten Island, where at least half of the New York fatalities occurred.
The president, accompanied by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Sen. Kirsten GIllibrand, will be viewing recovery efforts, which many residents of the hardest hit areas say is taking place at too slowly. Gov. Cuomo has estimated that the total costs of recovery will exceed $30 billion, much of which he will asking the federal government to cover.
Sen. Gillibrand has requested that Obama make a special budgetary amendment to release an additional $5 billion in federal disaster relief before 2013.
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