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New York Pols Make White House Appeal for Sandy Relief Funds

Mark Wilson/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- As the White House prepares to send its emergency request for Hurricane Sandy relief to Capitol Hill this week, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo made a personal appeal for more than $40 billion to aid his state.

Emerging from meetings with White House officials and members of key congressional committees, Governor Cuomo expressed optimism that lawmakers will deliver tens of billions of dollars in aid.

"If you've walked the streets and you've talked with home owners and small business owners you know how desperate the situation is and this is no time for politics," Gov. Cuomo said Monday.

Cuomo stood beside the entire New York delegation, including Long Island Republican Rep. Peter King.

"All of us stand behind the governor's proposal," King said of Cuomo's appeal for funds. "I believe it's on target. It's what we need. It has to be done."

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