Governor Andrew Cuomo was joined by Vice President Joe Biden Tuesday as he outlined his plans to continue rebuilding New York in the aftermath of the devastation of Hurricane Sandy, including the creation of a SUNY college of emergency preparedness. NY1's Zack Fink filed the following report.
Just one day before delivering his State of the State address in an election year, Governor Andrew Cuomo welcomed Vice President Joe Biden.
Biden recalled that in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Cuomo and the state's Congressional delegation began to lobby Congress for billions of dollars that would help the rebuilding process, but that appropriation almost didn't happen.
"Sometimes, our fellow colleagues in other parts of the country don't have the same empathy and sympathy for disasters that occur in the East Coast as we in the East Coast consistently have for disasters that happen in the Midwest or the Far West," Biden said.
Eventually, New York prevailed, and the state received its share of the appropriation, $30 billion.
On Tuesday, Cuomo outlined how roughly half of that, $17 billion, will be spent.
"Originally, we were contemplating talking about this rebuilding plan in the State of the State, but as you'll see it is so complex and so intricate and so large, it really deserves a presentation and time of its own," Cuomo said.
New York City will see the most significant upgrade and retrofit of the subways since the system was built.
More specifically, $1.5 billion will be spent to upgrade the city's energy delivery system, $1.6 billion will be spent on upgrades to avoid wastewater draining into waterways when the power fails, and $1.5 billion will be spent on housing reconstruction.
The state will also re-establish wetlands in Jamaica Bay to mitigate flooding.
"You're leading. You're not just leading in New York, you're leading the country, and I think a lot of governors and a lot of folks are going to learn an awful lot from what they see and what you do here," Biden said.
Both Biden and Cuomo have been discussed as potential Democratic candidates for president, which made the timing of Tuesday's event notable to political observers. Cuomo delivers his State of the State address Wednesday.
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