Let the ridicule begin. Oh wait, he’s considered a Democrat contender for president in 2016, so there shall be no mockery.
Gov. Cuomo yesterday put the first official price tag on the economic damage inflicted on the state by Hurricane Sandy — a staggering $42 billion, with $19 billion in the city alone.
He argued that the devastation wreaked by the storm statewide was worse than what Hurricane Katrina did to Louisiana in 2005.
“Hurricane Katrina, in many ways, was not as impactful as Hurricane Sandy, believe it or not,” Cuomo said. “Because of the density of New York, the number of people affected, the number of properties affected was much larger in Hurricane Sandy than Hurricane Katrina. This puts the entire conversation, I believe, into focus . . . Now Katrina had a human toll that thankfully we have not paid in this region.”
Katrina and its subsequent floods claimed 1,866 lives, compared with the more than 100 taken by Sandy.
Figures released by Cuomo’s office showed 305,000 homes were damaged or destroyed by Sandy, compared with 214,700 for Katrina in Louisiana. The number of businesses hit here was put at 265,300, against 18,700 in Louisiana. There were 2.19 million power outages here, 800,000 during Katrina.
Clearly population density has plenty to do with those statistics. But hey, the president came in for a photo op and that’s all that really matters. We all know Katrina was the fault of George W. Bush, so let’s just move on. But in some respects Sandy indeed may have been worse, but with a Democrat in the White House the misery of those affected isn’t played up on television 24/7. Funny how that works.