Cuomo, Bloomberg reacted well to storm, poll shows; Cuomo in capital to seek aid
ALBANY New Yorkers give high marks to Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Michael Bloomberg for their reaction to Superstorm Sandy, but are far less happy with the Long Island Power Authority.
A Siena College poll released today finds 67 percent of the voters surveyed thought Cuomo did an excellent or good job dealing with the storm and its aftermath. Bloomberg was rated excellent or good by 55 percent of those polled.
That compares to 20 percent who thought LIPA did a good or excellent job. The power provider has been under fire by critics who say it took too long to restore power to thousands of customers.
The statewide telephone poll of 822 registered voters was conducted Nov. 26-29. It has a margin of error of 3.4 percentage points.
Meanwhile, Gov. Cuomo will be in the nation’s capital to meet with members of Congress as he seeks billions of dollars in federal aid to help New York recover from Superstorm Sandy.
Cuomo’s schedule this afternoon is filled with meetings in Washington with several Senate and House leaders, including Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, House Speaker John Boehner and Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi.
The governor will be joined at some of the meetings by New York Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressmen Pete King, Michael Grimm and Bob Turner.
A Cuomo administration official said on Friday that the governor will be asking Congress for $42 billion in aid to help the state recover from the late-October storm.