Updated 10/31/2012 03:24 PM
New York leaders give an update on Sandy recovery
The recovery process continues for areas on the eastern sea board hit hardest by Sandy. Our Nick Reisman has more on what the Governor is doing in New York.
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NEW YORK -- Governor Andrew Cuomo says 1,800 utility workers are leaving upstate New York to help our downstate neighbors. Cuomo, along with federal, state and local officials, completed a helicopter tour of regions most damaged by Sandy.
The governor says it will be days for power to be fully restored for people in parts of Westchester and Long Island.
According to MTA officials, three out of the seven tunnels flooded by Sandy are now cleared.
The governor added they need a coordinated plan to make sure federal, state, and local resources are being used effectively. He says given the frequency of these extreme weather conditions, we need to anticipate more of these in the future
"Part of learning from this is the recognition that climate change is a reality. Extreme weather is a reality. It is a reality that we are vulnerable. And if we are going to do our job as elected officials, we are going to think about how to redesign or make modifications so we don't endure this type of damage," said Gov. Cuomo.
The governor says they expect the cost of damage in New York State to be in the billions dollars. He also once again thanked the first responders who are still out there, still working, helping put our state on the path to recovery.