Cuomo: $42B Sandy Worse Than Katrina
Storm cost $42B: New York governor
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Nov 27, 2012 10:44 AM CST
In this Nov. 8, 2012 file photo, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo talks about storm damage at a news conference in New York.   (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

(Newser) – So, where does Hurricane Sandy fall on the scale of recent disasters? Somewhere above Katrina, at least according to Andrew Cuomo. "Hurricane Katrina, in many ways, was not as impactful as Hurricane Sandy, believe it or not," the New York governor 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." Still, "Katrina had a human toll that thankfully we have not paid in this region."

Katrina was to blame for 1,866 deaths; Sandy was responsible for about 100, the New York Post notes. Sandy, however, damaged some 305,000 homes and 265,300 businesses, while Katrina hit 214,700 homes and 18,700 businesses. Cuomo put the storm's damage, plus the cost of preparations for future storms, at $42 billion. The comparison between storms "puts the entire conversation ... in focus," says Cuomo—but is the comparison valid? It's dicey at best, according to many on Twitter, as well as Connor Simpson at the Atlantic Wire. Note to Cuomo: You "look like you're trying to put a greater price on your infrastructure than those people's lives."

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Plato
Nov 27, 2012 10:09 PM CST
Cuomo says "Sandy was worst than Katrina". One week after Katrina made landfall just east of New Orleans, Rita made landfall just west of New Orleans. Rita was a hell of a hurricane and it devastated a huge populated area of Louisiana. In all fairness should not Cuomo factor in Rita with his comparison of Sandy vs Katrina ? Is it possible that Cuomo is building a foundation for future assertions that New Yorkers just must have lots and lots more of American taxpayers dollars ? Is there something about New Yorkers that makes them more deserving than people living in Louisiana and Mississippi ?
Ericg537
Nov 27, 2012 2:15 PM CST
I think one of the posters is correct that the value of real estate in NY and NJ is significantly higher than properties in Mississippi and La., so that could explain the damage estimates.
HANKHILL
Nov 27, 2012 12:11 PM CST
hey andy how much of the $42b will you and the bloomer man keep for yourselves?