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Sandy One Year Later: Sandy Calms Stormy Divide Between Mayor, Governor

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In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Governor Andrew Cuomo did their best to stay visible even though the two are not good political friends. NY1's Zack Fink filed the following report.

In the days and weeks after Sandy, the mayor and the governor held dueling press conferences to update New Yorkers on the storm.

Bloomberg focused on the city while Cuomo took the broader view.

Bloomberg faced the more immediate needs as mayor, including people without food and water who confronted the mayor in the Rockaways just days after the storm.

When it came to transportation, the city's subways fell under the the state-run MTA, making it Cuomo's jurisdiction. His MTA chairman and current mayoral candidate Joe Lhota got high marks for bringing the system back quickly.

The mayor, meantime, came up with a plan -- Rapid Repairs -- to get people back into their homes.

But the program had mixed results.

Another flashpoint surfaced when Cuomo began seeking a multi-billion dollar aid package from the federal government. Bloomberg questioned why so much was needed for flood mitigation.

The tensions were evident enough, that a poll was commissioned which found that both the mayor and the governor drew high marks for their handling of the storm. Although Cuomo fared slightly better with 82 percent versus Bloomberg with 70 percent approval.

This week, both men reflected on working together during that period.

"There was a lot of back and forth. If one agency had search lights and the other one needed them, we tried to coordinate," Bloomberg said.

"I've had an excellent relationship with Mayor Mike Bloomberg. We work very well together. And I believe that is going to continue," Cuomo said.

Shortly after the storm, the nation's focus shifted to gun control following the Sandy Hook shooting in Connecticut.

Gun Control has always been a top issue for the mayor, but it was Cuomo who enacted statewide legislation a month later.

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