Obama increases fed share of Sandy relief for NY

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is providing more Hurricane Sandy disaster relief to New York, increasing the share of public assistance that the government will pay from 75 percent to 90 percent of the cost.

The change would mean a significant increase in the amount of money the state would receive from the federal government for road and sewer reconstruction projects and hospital and school rebuilding efforts.

The White House said Thursday the extensive damage was putting a strain on state and local government budgets.

The federal Disaster Relief Fund has $11 billion. Craig Fugate, the administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, said Wednesday that was enough money to address rebuilding in the aftermath of Sandy and to help recover from Monday’s deadly tornado in suburban Oklahoma City.

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