State leaders to detail Sandy aid request

New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announces a

New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announces a program between nonprofit Rebuilding Together and national retailer Sears to offer metro area residents affected by superstorm Sandy discounts on home products and services. He made the announcement Tuesday at the Javits Center in Manhattan. (Nov. 20, 2012) Photo Credit: Charles Eckert

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ALBANY -- New York's congressional delegation is slated to convene Monday at Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's Manhattan offices to discuss a detailed federal aid request for recovery from superstorm Sandy, a source said.

Cuomo previously has said the state would seek about $30 billion in federal aid to help Long Island, New York City and other areas recover.

The state needs to make a formal request, roughly itemizing costs such as rebuilding transportation infrastructure and homes, and paying for local police and fire overtime.

State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli has estimated businesses lost up to $13 billion in revenue in the aftermath of the storm.

The aid request would be refined during Cuomo's meeting with New York senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, and downstate congressional members.

State officials want Congress to take up the plea during its lame-duck session, but New York will face competition from other states also impacted by the storm, including New Jersey.

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