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Governor Andrew Cuomo says damage to New York State from Hurricane Sandy could cost up to $6-billion.  

Cuomo says the initial estimates come from lost economic revenue in New York City, along with costly restoration of severely damaged subway and rail lines.

Seventy-five National Guard members out of Niagara Falls are now downstate helping deal with the devastation left by Hurricane Sandy.  Volunteers from the 107th Airlift Wing are part of a 23-hundred-member force placed into action by Governor Cuomo.

This morning’s Police Blotter:

Tia Schmieder of State Street: She was charged with Disorderly Conduct this morning. Batavia Police say Tia became loud and disorderly while at United Memorial Medical Center. Police said Schmieder intentionally slammed into a sliding glass door, damaging it. Tia was sent to jail in lieu of $500 bail.
John-Erik Bradt of Attica: he’s been arrested by Batavia Police for allegedly sending numerous text messages and making several telephone calls to a person he was ordered to stay away from. Bradt also faces a charge of aggravated harassment.

New York State has scheduled an auction in Batavia of surplus vehicles and highway equipment.
The auction will be held a week from today, November 8th, at State Police Troop A Headquarters on West Saile Drive. More on this story HERE.

Recovery from Hurricane Sandy is expected to dominate next year's legislative session in Albany.  Questions remain on whether lawmakers will vote next year to allow the cost of disaster recovery to be exempted from New York's property tax cap.  Governor Cuomo has said recovering from Sandy will take more than just repairs, saying New York needs to rethink its infrastructure when it comes to dealing with natural disasters.
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