ALBANY – New York will seek $32 billion in federal disaster aid from Congress for superstorm Sandy – including $6.6 billion for Nassau County and $1.8 billion for Suffolk County – officials said after a meeting Monday.
New York City is seeking about $10 billion of the overall request. Aid for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority will account for another several billion, an official said.
In addition to the $32 billion in recovery funds, the delegation might ask for another $10 billion in "mitigation" to strengthen the state's infrastructure against future storms.
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is slated to give a briefing about the federal aid request Monday afternoon. Cuomo met with New York’s congressional delegation as well as New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano and Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone.
The request comes as Congress and the White House face a Dec. 31 deadline to agree on a deficit-reduction plan and avoid the so-called fiscal cliff.
U.S. Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford) said he’s spoken to Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio), who said he’d advance New York’s request.
“He says he’ll move it,” King said. “I’m sure we’ll face resistance from other parts of the country.”
King said the $32 billion is “pretty conservative.”
“There’s no doubt that Nassau suffered a disproportionate share of the damage” from the storm, King added.
King and Sen. Charles Schumer said the delegation was in unison to make New York’s case to Washington.
“Make no mistake, this will not be an easy task, particularly given the impending fiscal cliff, and a Congress that has been much less friendly to disaster relief than in the past,” Schumer said in a statement. “ We will work with the (Obama) administration on supplemental legislation, to be introduced in the upcoming December session of Congress, that will set us on the road to meeting New York's needs. This will be an effort that lasts not weeks, but many months, and we will not rest until the federal response meets New York's deep and extensive needs.”