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Here are the updates on the status of Hurricane Sandy's aftermath:

Now that Hurricane Sandy has rendered portions of New YorkState dysfunctional, state officials are looking at just how much the massive storm will ultimately cost the Empire State.

State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli's office is hard at work trying to figure that number out, though analysts say it’s likely to be in the billion dollar range. 

DiNapoli says it’s still early to determine how much money was lost in terms of revenue and productivity with state offices being closed and Wall Street being shut down for two days.

 

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Western New York largely dodged the wrath of Hurricane Sandy.

Now, emergency response teams from Erie and Monroe counties are heading downstate to help residents in that hard-hit region of the state.

At least 140 Western New York emergency workers headed to New York City and Long Island to lend a helping hand.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo says New York State will rebuild better and smarter in the wake of the devastation brought by Hurricane Sandy. 

Cuomo says New York has to rethink how it builds its infrastructure and transportation, saying weather is getting more extreme.  The governor didn't use the words "climate change," but did say, "anyone who says there is not a dramatic change in weather patterns I think is denying reality."

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Two major East Coast airports closed by Hurricane Sandy are open today.  New York's JFK International and NewarkLibertyAirport in New Jersey opened at 7 a.m. 

Both the Buffalo and RochesterAirports indicate flights to and from the New York area are still cancelled today…along with some flights to Washington, Boston and Philadelphia.

If you fear you might experience a conflict, check with your specific airline.

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UPDATE: 3:57 pm

Governor Andrew Cuomo formally requested the maximum authorized reimbursement for federal aid in New YorkState’s recovery from Hurricane Sandy.

Cuomo will ask the New York congressional delegation to pass legislation that will allow the federal government to reimburse 100 percent of costs -- not 90 percent which the law currently allows the President to authorize.  

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