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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

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.  Go to full article
An aerial shot from Gov. Cuomo's tour of areas affected by Sandy. Photo: Governor's office via <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/governorandrewcuomo/page2/">Flickr</a>
An aerial shot from Gov. Cuomo's tour of areas affected by Sandy. Photo: Governor's office via Flickr

Cuomo, representatives push for Sandy aid in Washington

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is joining with leaders of New York's congressional delegation to urge Congress to finally act on a federal aid package for victims of Superstorm Sandy.

It's been seven weeks since the destructive storm. The debate is set to begin Monday, and the measure faces complications and political hurdles.  Go to full article
The New York State Senate chamber. Photo:  <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/-jvl-/">JvL</a> CC <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/deed.en">some rights reserved</a>
The New York State Senate chamber. Photo: JvL CC some rights reserved

Senate coalition responds to diversity critics

The newly formed coalition of Republicans and Democrats who will run the New York State Senate in January made its first public appearance yesterday. The senators responded responded to criticism that the new government leaves out blacks and Hispanics.  Go to full article
This home on Long Island is owned by a firefighter.  Crews from the North Country have gone south to help their colleagues recover. Photo: Jim Stinson, Saranac Lake Volunteer Fire Department
This home on Long Island is owned by a firefighter. Crews from the North Country have gone south to help their colleagues recover. Photo: Jim Stinson, Saranac Lake Volunteer Fire Department

North Country emergency crews head south to Sandy

As fire and rescue crews downstate grow weary from the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, teams from the North Country are beginning to rotate into the storm damaged area.

Crews from Tupper Lake and Saranac Lake are already on Long Island, working with local fire departments and helping provide safety information.

A half-dozen crews from Essex County are now on standby, waiting for assignments in hard-hit areas downstate.  Go to full article
Still from "Sandy hits Lake George," from Youtube via <a href="http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCasX4KU6O9lqgPALWUr0UlQ">Katie Quirk</a>. Watch video embedded below
Still from "Sandy hits Lake George," from Youtube via Katie Quirk. Watch video embedded below

On Lake George, a storm but no superstorm

Emergency declarations have been canceled across the North Country now that Hurricane Sandy (now Post-Tropical Cyclone Sandy) tracked away from our region. What might have been a head-on disaster turned into a minor storm for most of the North Country.

In Lake George, Sandy's winds stirred up some dramatic vistas, but did no damage and caused no injuries.  Go to full article
Crews have already distributed 2,000 sand bags in the town of Jay ahead of Hurricane Sandy. Photo: Brian Mann
Crews have already distributed 2,000 sand bags in the town of Jay ahead of Hurricane Sandy. Photo: Brian Mann

Hurricane Sandy: Local, state officials scramble to prepare

Local governments and state officials scrambled through the weekend to prepare for the potentially devastating impacts of Hurricane Sandy.

Damaging winds and flood-level rains are expected to reach the North Country by mid-afternoon today.

After the "shock and awe" impact of tropical storm Irene last August, government agencies are taking no chances.  Go to full article
Photo:  NYS
Photo: NYS

Hurricane Sandy: Cuomo visits Adks ahead of storm

Sunday 3rdd Update: AUDIO FROM GOVERNOR'S SUNDAY ADDRESS ON LONG ISLAND.

Governor Andrew Cuomo today will visit the town of Jay fire hall in Ausable Forks as he reviews hurricane preparedness across New York state.

Earlier in the day, Cuomo mobilized more than a thousand National Guard soldiers to help prepare for the landfall of Hurricane Sandy.

"They will provide vital assistance to various regions of the State, and it is essential that they are positioned to be ready to serve wherever they are called," Cuomo said.

"These troops, along with critical equipment, vehicles and aircraft, are ready to answer at a moment's notice."

The National Weather Service is now predicting that high winds and heavy rains will hit the region beginning on Monday, with the blast expected to continue into Tuesday.

The advisory includes warnings for people in northern New York, Vermont, and particularly homeowners "with marine interests along Lake Champlain."

The current forecast suggests that foul weather will arrive Monday afternoon and will intensify through the night, tapering off late Tuesday morning.

A flood watch for that period is in effect. Winds are expected to peak between 5 pm and 3 am with gusts anticipated between 50 and 80 miles per hour.

Powerful winds are also expected in the St. Lawrence Valley.

Previously: Governor Andrew Cuomo on Friday declared a state of emergency in New York ahead of the landfall of Hurricane Sandy.

That means more resources available to local governments, and a suspension of many regulations "that would impede rapid response."

"As we prepare for the possibility of Hurricane Sandy hitting New York State, I am activating all levels of state government to prepare for any potential impacts," Governor Cuomo said, in a statement.

State officials have been coordinating with the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Also, state Conservation officials issued an advisory late Friday urging all backcountry travelers in the Adirondack-North Country to be out of the woods by sundown on Sunday.

They also canceled reservations at the Fish Creek Campground near Saranac Lake next week.

The path of the storm remains unclear but local governments and state officials are taking pains to prep the North Country for a possible blast of foul weather.

With memories fresh from big storms and flood events last year, village officials in Saranac Lake say they're drawing down the level of Lake Flower.

"[T]he village began gradually lowering the level of Lake Flower two days ago and will do so more aggressively over the weekend," said village manager John Sweeney in a statement.

Local crews are also working to clear storm drains to prevent street flooding.  Go to full article

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