ALBANY, N.Y. – Vice President Joe Biden was in the Capital Region Tuesday to have a sit-down meeting with Governor Andrew Cuomo.
The two discussed Hurricane Sandy rebuilding efforts. A video played at the beginning of the meeting showed footage of the damage left behind by Lee, Irene, and Sandy.
Sandy hit New York State in October 2012 flooding homes and destroying businesses. New York City and Long Island were the hardest hit areas. There were also tropical storms, Irene and Lee.
About 14 months after Sandy hit the area, the state and federal government vowed to help rebuild but, as the Vice President explained, it's not enough.
Governor Cuomo's focus has been to rebuild and using $60 billion in federal money for the areas hit the hardest by these storms in order to rebuild. Now Cuomo is announcing a new $17 billion strategy to help ensure New York is prepared.
The plan will involve creating more weather recording stations, which he said will allow for greater accuracy when it comes to tracking storms. Then expanding the states strategic oil reserve, which will prevent future supply disruptions and then replacing nearly 100 upstate bridges.
Cuomo also wants to create the first ever College of Emergency Preparedness to focus on a larger initiative. Biden expressed his support, saying the stakes are high.
Biden's visit comes just one day before Cuomo's 2014 State of the State address.
Tuesday is Biden's second visit to the Capital Region. He was in Clifton Park in 2009.