STATEN ISLAND - President Obama was in New York today to tour the devastation left by Hurricane Sandy, promising those affected that the federal government will continue to help them rebuild. Obama first flew over parts of Queens and Long Island before arriving in Staten Island. Once there, he met with first responders and assessed the progress of the recovery. "We will stay here as long as people need," he said. The president also appointed a federal liaison to help New York and New Jersey residents get their homes back to normal. During the visit, Obama was flanked by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and other elected officials. He promised he will return to the area.