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  •  Cuomo is also, in typical NY fashion, asking for (4+ / 0-)

    100% reimbursement from FEMA, while it is typical for FEMA to reimburse states for anywhere between 75% and 90% in the losses incurred.  Vermont was reimbursed 90% after Irene.

    I don't think New York should get one nickel more than any other state in terms of reimbursement rate.  They are no more deserving than the next guy.

    While this may be neither here nor there, one hell of a lot of tax money was poured into NYC's financial sector in the aftermath of the financial collapse, which they created.

    Cuomo should accept 90% and not pout about it.

    Oregon:'s cold. But it's a damp cold.

    by Keith930 on Sun Nov 18, 2012 at 03:43:03 PM PST

    •  I guess maybe you think that the people of NY (0+ / 0-)

      are buying Cadillacs and T-bone steaks with the Wall Street bailouts.

      Ok, so I read the polls.

      by andgarden on Sun Nov 18, 2012 at 03:53:45 PM PST

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      •  asdf (0+ / 0-)

        I think there's understandable frustration that a certain segment of the population got bailed out and another segment absolutely did not, in 2008-2009. Well understandable rage. I agree that tying this to disaster recovery is specious.

        it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses

        by Addison on Sun Nov 18, 2012 at 03:58:15 PM PST

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        •  May I mention New Orleans? (1+ / 0-)
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          and how arbitrarily FEMA gave aid, and what a mess that was, altogether?
          As we say in New Orleans:


          "Whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government" T. Jefferson

          by azureblue on Sun Nov 18, 2012 at 04:37:20 PM PST

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    •  I don't see any reason for NY to get more than (0+ / 0-)

      anyone else. Hope we don't see any blank checks passed around. Anyone living in vulnerable areas should expect to pay something more as part of that.

    •  Much of the NE needs new zoning codes to (1+ / 0-)
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      prevent rebuilding in areas sure to be subjected to flooding resulting from sea-level rise. People who currently live in those areas whose homes were destroyed in Sandy could be given relocation assistance.

      I've also heard NYers talking about building "storm-surge walls." These would be worse than a waste of money. I hope geologists who specialize in beach processes would be consulted first and not just engineers who believe that holding back the sea is just a Fourier transform away.  

      Also, I wonder if the people of the Gulf of Mexico should get some assistance from the fines BP is paying to offset costs associated with long term damage not previously recognized.

      Finally, I understand the rationale of stopping the agricultural subsidies, but I would suggest that they could also be repurposed to assist the farmers affected by the droughts resulting from climate change.

      I once went to work for an organization in dire financial straits that was made highly profitable by a group of hard working people "pulling together." Looking back, I can easily say that making a lot of money was far less contentious than deciding how to spend/invest it turned out to be.

      “Social Security has nothing to do with balancing a budget or erasing or lowering the deficit.” -- Ronald Reagan, 1984 debate with Walter Mondale

      by RJDixon74135 on Sun Nov 18, 2012 at 05:13:46 PM PST

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