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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PR- 024-13
January 15, 2013

STATEMENT OF MAYOR MICHAEL R. BLOOMBERG ON HOUSE APPROVAL OF HURRICANE SANDY RELIEF BILL

“Since October 29, New Yorkers have been working to rebuild homes, businesses and critical infrastructure destroyed by Hurricane Sandy, but we have always known that a full recovery would not be possible without federal aid. The vote today moves Washington towards honoring the commitment that Americans always make to one another in times of crisis. I applaud all of those who supported this legislation, because the funding is essential to ensuring that New York City rebuilds stronger and safer. I would especially like to thank Representatives Pete King and Michael Grimm, who led the charge for New York in the Republican caucus, as well as Representatives Nita Lowey, Joe Crowley, and our entire delegation. I would also like to thank Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor, with whom I have spoken to numerous times, for ensuring the bills came to the floor for a vote.  Together with Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer, they secured the bipartisan support needed for this critical legislation. Although it has been 11 long weeks since Hurricane Sandy hit the Northeast, we are grateful that the House of Representatives has acted on behalf of New Yorkers and others impacted by the storm. The U.S. Senate approved a relief package last year, and we hope they will act quickly to re-pass this vital piece of legislation so that we can ensure New York City’s recovery.”







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