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Cuomo: Thousands of rental cars headed to metro area

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaks following a

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaks following a visit to Cedar Grove Ave with U.S. President Barack Obama to survey damage from superstorm Sandy on Staten Island. (Nov. 15, 2012) Photo Credit: Getty Images

State officials are reaching out to car-rental companies to help New Yorkers with travel options after damage from superstorm Sandy, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's office said Friday.

The Department of State has facilitated the relocation of more than 12,000 cars to the metropolitan area, with another 5,000 on the way, according to a news release from the governor's office.

The move for more vehicles is designed to assist New Yorkers whose cars were damaged or destroyed by Sandy, leaving them without vehicles they depend on for day-to-day functions, Cuomo said.

"The car rental companies are stepping up to the plate to meet the high demand for cars and help consumers return to their everyday lives," Cuomo said. "I commend them for their swift response and I urge other rental companies in New York to join in the recovery efforts."

Enterprise Holding -- owner of Enterprise Rent-A-Car, National Car Rental and Alamo Rent A Car -- announced it is moving the vehicles to the metro area. During the past few weeks, the companies have also processed more than 26,000 insurance-related car rentals to serve the needs of consumers. Other car rental companies are expected to follow suit, officials said.

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