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Governor Cuomo meets with New York's congressional delegation and county executives to discuss the financial impacts of Hurricane Sandy. Photo: Governor's office via <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/governorandrewcuomo/page2/">Flickr</a>
Governor Cuomo meets with New York's congressional delegation and county executives to discuss the financial impacts of Hurricane Sandy. Photo: Governor's office via Flickr

Cuomo to Congress: show me the money

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UPDATE: The Associated Press reported late this morning that Congress had overwhelmingly approved $9.7 billion to pay flood insurance claims for the many home and business owners flooded out by Superstorm Sandy. The Senate was expected to pass the bill later today.

After facing intense pressure from both parties for failing to pass a $60 billion federal relief package for Sandy victims over the holidays, House Republicans now say they will vote on a $9 billion flood insurance program today, and the remaining balance on Jan. 15, 2013.

But New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he still has doubts they'll follow through.

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Marie Cusick
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At a cabinet meeting in Albany, Cuomo didn't mince words when asked how he feels about the vote in Washington being rescheduled.

"I'm at the point where it's simple for me. Show me the money. Because I've heard a lot of things. Until I see the cash, I'm going to reserve judgment. Because many of the things that have been said, never happened."

The relief package has already passed the Senate, and Cuomo said he was repeatedly told the House would vote on it on New Year's Day.

He called the delay in federal action an "outstanding failure" and said it's causing real harm to storm victims.

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