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November 15, 2012

Obama vows not to forget storm victims rebuilding

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Cuomo said this week that he would request $30 billion in federal aid to rebuild.

White House press secretary Jay Carney said he couldn’t comment on the request because the administration hadn’t seen the details. He said the government will continue to do everything possible to cut red tape and help affected communities.

Blocks away from the president’s tour, Lily Wu, a 37-year-old mother of three, was cleaning dishes salvaged from the flooded, first floor of the home she bought three years ago. Wu, who is living in a friend’s basement with her family, said she hopes Obama might give storm victims a tax break to help them out. She said she doesn’t know if she’ll get any money from FEMA or her insurance company.

“If they could bail out the banks, they should bail us out, right?” Wu said. “I mean, all of us paid more than half a million dollars for these homes. They’re going to be worthless after this.”

Obama traveled to New Jersey on Oct. 31 to meet with Gov. Chris Christie and view recovery efforts in battered coastal communities. He saw flattened houses, flooded neighborhoods, sand-strewn streets and a fire burning along the coastline.

The White House said the president didn’t visit New York at the time so as not to interfere with recovery efforts.

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