Residents of the hardest hit communities in New York City and Long Island continued their recovery from Hurricane Sandy last week.  The clean-up and recovery process is expected to be a lengthy one. In some communities, homes will be razed and may not be rebuilt.

The costs related to the storm, and to recovering from it, are still being tallied.  It is very likely that storm recovery and related issues will dominate the 2013 legislative session.

Last week, Gov. Cuomo announced a FEMA grant for crisis counseling assistance and additional unemployment assistance, while New York Mayor Bloomberg announced that school days will be added in February to make up for time lost due to the storm.

Also last week, Gov. Cuomo said that the storm has led to more than 46,000 new unemployment claims in the region.  This is expected to contribute to the growing state budget gap for 2013-14.