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Cuomo furious about Sandy aid

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A new Congress will be sworn in today in Washingon, D.C., and one of the first pieces of legislation the House plans to vote on tomorrow is aid for Superstorm Sandy victims. House Speaker John Boehner had scrapped the vote earlier this week, but lawmakers from states where the superstorm struck blasted him for his decision.

Tomorrow's vote covers only 15 percent of the rescue package. The rest is set for a vote on Jan. 15. In Albany, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo lashed out at the Congress Wednesday for reneging on a promise to pass the Superstorm relief package late Tuesday night.

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The U.S. Senate approved a more than $60 billion measure Friday to help with storm recovery.

It's a dereliction of duty, and to leave New York and New Jersey... on their own and abandoned was wrong and disgraceful. --Gov. Andrew Cuomo
At a meeting of his cabinet, Cuomo said he was repeatedly told by the House leadership that they would vote on the bill on New Year's Day.

"That Congress was supposed to pass a supplemental that helped families that were hurt in a disaster. That's what they were supposed to do. That's what they said they would do. And time matters."

But the relief money got caught up in the last minute fiscal cliff deal, the hour got late, and at the last minute, Cuomo said, "…they reneged. I believe it's a dereliction of duty, and to leave New York and New Jersey and thousands of people thousands of people in this holiday season on their own and abandoned was wrong and disgraceful."

Cuomo said government aid has played a key role when natural disasters strike: "It's not just a nice neighborly thing to do in the spirit of community…also, pragmatically, practically, it's intelligent because the region recovers faster."

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