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A Staten Island resident, whose home was damaged

A Staten Island resident, whose home was damaged by Superstorm Sandy, keeps warm by a fire. (Getty) Credit: A Staten Island resident, whose home was damaged by Superstorm Sandy, keeps warm by a fire. (Getty)

Sandy relief
Rebounding from the devastating effects of Superstorm Sandy is only one weather-related challenge we face today.

President Barack Obama sent Congress a $60.4 billion emergency spending request to cover the damage, of which about 10% would be earmarked for local transit. The Sandy relief bill is being debated in Congress.

Also, in 2013, the City Council will hold hearings dealing with the city's response to the storm and the best ways to prevent a repeat.

Cost of Living
This year, the Council for Community and Economic Research again named Manhattan as the most expensive place to live in the country. Brooklyn ranked second and Queens came in sixth.

Nearly 21% of all New Yorkers live beneath the poverty level and the ranks of the working poor are swelling, as are the ranks of the homeless.

Budgetary issues
The City Council approved a $68.5 billion city budget this year that delayed an unhappy day of reckoning.

Many insiders acknowledge that revenue expectations may be overly optimistic. NYC has an aging infrastructure and ballooning pension costs.

Eventually, city residents can expect to pay more and get less in city services.

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