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Cuomo to head to D.C., meet with Boehner

Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks in Long Beach. (Oct.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks in Long Beach. (Oct. 31, 2012) Photo Credit: Getty Images

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo will travel to Washington on Monday to meet with House Speaker John Boehner and other top officials to lobby for $42 billion in disaster aid for New York, officials said Friday.

A meeting between Cuomo, a Democrat, and Boehner (R-Ohio), who controls the Republican-led House, is tentatively set for late Monday afternoon, said Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford).

“John Boehner is the most vital man on Capitol Hill right now – so John has to be on our side,” King said.

“I think it will be important for them to meet face to face,” King added.

Cuomo officials decline to comment on the governor’s schedule. The governor has said that King would be key to shepherding New York's request through the House.

Coming in the wake of superstorm Sandy, New York is seeking $42 billion – about $33 billion for recovery and $9 billion for mitigation against future storms. The recovery request includes $6.6 billion for Nassau County and about $1.8 billion for Suffolk County, and $9 billion for mitigation against future storms.

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) has called the disaster appeal “an effort that lasts not weeks, but many months.”

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