Bloomberg Wants Nearly $10 Billion From Feds For Hurricane Sandy

As noted on Reason 24/7, Mayor Bloomberg is asking for an additional $9.8 billion dollars from the federal government for post-Sandy recovery.  In a letter to New York City’s congressional  delegation, the third-term mayor said the city received $5.4 billion in “FEMA reimbursements” and $3.8 billion in private insurance payouts. He said there were another $4.8 billion in uninsured private losses. The total cost to city agencies was $4.5 billion. The FEMA reimbursements include 75 percent coverage for “public asset losses” and 90 percent coverage for public “uninsured clean-up costs.”

Of the nearly $10 billion the mayor is seeking in extra money from the feds, $5.7 billion goes to cover “estimated net indirect losses” like lost gross product. Yet despite Hurricane Irene making its last landfall (as a tropical storm) on Coney Island in 2011, the word “disaster” doesn’t appear once in the city’s FY 2012 budget summary.

Many local businesses, meanwhile, are complaining about insufficient aid. More than a hundred in Brooklyn showed up to protest 30 year low interest business loans on offer from the feds. And the New Jersey woman the president embraced on his visit to the region after the hurricane hit has since lost her marina business. She tells Fox News she regrets the photo; that the president wasn’t coming through on his promise to help, despite her being offered a loan at six percent by FEMA.

Governor Andrew Cuomo has asked for $42 billion from the feds or post-Sandy relief in New York (with $15 billion requested for NYC) and Governor Chris Christie, who is running for re-election next year, is asking for nearly $30 billion for New Jersey. Not helping with the fiscal cliff.

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  • ||

    Of course he does, he's America's mayor, after all.

  • Pro Libertate||

    What's he going to do, build a new borough on the Moon?

  • Restoras||

    I think his primary focus is to get re-elected and you can't do that unless you extort heaping dollops of cash from some Other.

  • Pro Libertate||

    We should institute a fake world government, that taxes the rest of the world, but all the money gets funneled here.

  • ||

    Technically he can't be re-elected again. Of course, I fully expect him to try and change that...again.

  • Pro Libertate||

    Less term limits than term suggestions.

  • Paul.||

    Term guidelines.

  • Almanian.||

    Term penumbra and emanations

  • Pro Libertate||

    Term glow.

  • JW||

    Term meh.

  • ||

    Term philosophy.

  • Brett L||

    You joke, but Elon Musk's estimated cost for putting the first several thousand colonists on Mars is $40B. I think we should get behind that. Give us $40B to do this and we'll STFU and leave Earth to the statists.

  • Almanian.||

    we'll

    FUCK YOU AND YOUR COLLECTIVIST BULLLSHIT, SLAVER!

  • Brett L||

    Well, see, I was going to invite you along, but now I'm thinking it'll just be me and several thousand chicks nerdy enough to want to go to Mars permanently. Some of them will be interested in being one of the founding members of the Biplanetary Club.

  • np||

    Brett's harem collective? Sign me up!

  • ||

    I would strongly advise against that. Patchouli, copious, copious amounts of Patchouli will be involved. Bathing will be an afterthought, with pit hair galore. To say nothing of the pubic macrame...

  • Brett L||

    You build a hundred bridges and fuck one bathdodger...

  • Pro Libertate||

    That's what we need to do--trick them into funding Libertopia. Though I think they should all go to Mars, and we stay here. Since they and their magic government can accomplish anything by merely passing laws, terraforming Mars should be a piece of cake.

  • AuH2O||

    New York, you are the Britta of cities!

  • fried wylie||

    AuH20, you're the worst.

  • AuH2O||

    You are only saying that to fit in!

  • ||

    DON'T TALK SHIT ABOUT BRITTA

    "Have you been watching Dance Moms again?"

  • fried wylie||

    Mayor Michael "What's A National Deficit" Bloomberg.

  • Restoras||

    C'mon Fred, it's only $10 billion! That's only $90 a household! And everyone in the country enjoys at least that much benefit from NYC!!

  • fried wylie||

    That's only $90 a household!

    Does that include NYC households?

  • Pro Libertate||

    Oh, and I've been remiss: "No, fuck you, cut spending."

  • LTC(ret) John||

    You realize that Bloomie would read that as "cut you no fuck spending!"

  • Pro Libertate||

    Spending cut? No, fuck you!

  • LTC(ret) John||

    Actually, I think Pro L' got it right.

  • ||

    Unfortunately, I doubt Obama's response will be "Checked the constitution. Can't find anything in there authorizing this bailout. So fuck off."

    That would be more of a Ron Paul / Gary Johnson thing.

  • Restoras||

    Hey Bloomie. Go pound some of that extra sand you imported from NJ. Douche.

  • Raston Bot||

    OT and a bit dated but does anyone remember Eric Foreman's smoking hot sister from That 70s Show? Yeah, not smoking hot anymore...

    http://tv.yahoo.com/news/-that.....zing-.html

  • AuH2O||

    Holy shit are those crazy eyes.

  • ||

    Meh, Laura Prepon and Mila Kunis were always hotter than her.

  • Raston Bot||

    Now, sure. But during the show? c'mon.

  • ||

    Yeah, then too. You just like trashy skanks, clearly. NTTAWWT.

  • Raston Bot||

    you make a valid point.

  • Jerry on the road||

    Wasn't she already in rehab when the show was still running?

  • Raston Bot||

    she was replaced in season six. the live-at-home junkie character did not rate well.

  • Bardas Phocas||

    They bought their ticket.
    I say let them crash.

  • Paul.||

    She tells Fox News she regrets the photo; that the president wasn’t coming through on his promise to help, despite her being offered a loan at six percent by FEMA.

    Four more years! Four more years! Biden 2016!

  • John||

    The rest of the country hates New York and the people in it. Telling Mew Yorkers to duck off sounds like good politics to me.

  • Almanian.||

    Good to hear from you, John!

    I was sounding the John Clarion yesterday.

  • ||

  • JW||

    New Jersey woman the president embraced on his visit to the region after the hurricane hit has since lost her marina business. She tells Fox News she regrets the photo; that the president wasn’t coming through on his promise to help, despite her being offered a loan at six percent by FEMA.

    Didn't even get her name, did he? Once a playa, always a playa.

    However, I have to give credit where due. Obama managed to nail all 3 most common lies in one shot.

  • kinnath||

    Fuck New York. Raze every building flooded by Sandy and turn it all into a green belt.

  • LTC(ret) John||

    Looks like the anonybot agrees with you.

  • waaminn||

    Sounds like one heck of a plan to me dude.

    www.Anon-Goes.tk

  • Invisible Finger||

    So basically he wants a bailout.

  • R C Dean||

    He said there were another $4.8 billion in uninsured private losses.

    What part of "uninsured private losses" doesn't he understand?

    The total cost to city agencies was $4.5 billion. The FEMA reimbursements include 75 percent coverage for “public asset losses” and 90 percent coverage for public “uninsured clean-up costs.”

    So, he's already got reimbursement for 75 - 90%, and that's not enough.

    Is it any wonder decent people everywhere hate New Yorkers?

  • Raston Bot||

    Where does inflated union rates fit into those two cost categories? My guess is the latter.

  • Invisible Finger||

    What part of "uninsured private losses" doesn't he understand?

    Probably the "losses". This IS the home of Wall Street after all.

  • Ryan60657||

    Why would property owners (including the City of New York) want to waste money paying for private insurance, when they can get taxpayer-paid insurance (bailouts) from the Federal Government for free!?

  • LTC(ret) John||

    There goes my company's attempt to get more of the property insurance market in the US.

  • mad libertarian guy||

    I live away from the west coast because I don't want to deal with the physical and financial costs of earthquakes. I live away from the upper midwest and plain states so that I don't have to deal with the physical and financial costs of massive snow storms. I live away from tornado alley so that I don't have to deal with the physical and financial costs of tornados.

    AND I LIVE AWAY FROM THE EAST COAST SO THAT I DON"T HAVE TO DEAL WITH THE PHYSICAL AND FINANCIAL COSTS OF FUCKING HURRICANES.

    Fuck you, New York. Pay for your losses, or don't. Personally I don't give a shit. But stay the fuck away from my money. I have my own shit to pay for.

  • Calidissident||

    Where do you live?

  • The Last American Hero||

    Probably in the Danger Zone

    http://www.poetv.com/video.php?vid=105021

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