Buried in New York's push for billions of dollars in federal aid to rebuild from superstorm Sandy was this financial tidbit:

For all its wallop, the storm didn't really pummel state tax receipts.

"There hasn't been a significant variance," Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said when asked what he gleaned from the weekly tax-receipt reports since the Oct. 29 storm.

New York projects a $1 billion deficit when the fiscal year ends -- a number that hasn't changed.

And while the White House $60 billion aid proposal for New York and New Jersey was about $19 billion less than requested, it was in the range officials said they expected.

-- Yancey Roy

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