The Straits Times
Published on Nov 10, 2012

Obama to visit New York to review storm recovery


WASHINGTON (AFP) - President Barack Obama will travel to New York next week to view the damage caused by superstorm Sandy and meet victims of the disaster, the White House said on Friday.

White House press secretary Jay Carney said the visit on next Thursday was to "view the recovery efforts, meet with affected families and local officials and thank the brave first responders who have worked tirelessly to protect communities following Hurricane Sandy."

"He's coming next week, we're honoured to have him," New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg told a news conference, denying reports that he had asked Mr Obama not to visit during the height of the crisis, just before the presidential election.

"That's not true. I didn't ask him not to come," Mr Bloomberg said.