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US to pay NJ, NY emergency power, transport costs

Published on Nov 2, 2012 5:56 AM
A destroyed home is seen on Nov 1, 2012 in Highlands, New Jersey. Superstorm Sandy, which has left millions without power or water, continues to affect business and daily life throughout much of the eastern seaboard. -- PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - The federal government will cover 100 per cent of emergency power and public transportation costs through Nov 9 for the areas of New York and New Jersey that were hit hard by superstorm Sandy, officials said on Thursday.

Federal Emergency Management Agency (Fema) Administrator Craig Fugate said that President Barack Obama directed the agency to provide direct federal support for power restoration and transportation operations for 10 days.

Democratic United States (US) senators Frank Lautenberg and Robert Menendez of New Jersey and Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand in New York said they will push for full federal reimbursements for all repair and recovery costs related to the storm.

"This is a good first step on Fema's part and an indication that they know how serious the damage from the storm is," Mr Schumer said.

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