‘I’m sure the president understands,’ Cuomo says of a canceled campaign trip

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At a press conference in this afternoon, Gov. Andrew Cuomo was asked whether he regretted not being able to make a scheduled trip to campaign for President Obama.

"I would rather do anything rather than see my people go through the pain they’ve been going through over the last week," Cuomo said.

The governor had been scheduled to make his first out-of-state appearance on behalf of Obama, in Florida, the weekend before the storm hit, but as predictions for the storm's impact worsened, Cuomo decided to stay in New York and manage the state's preparations.

Cuomo has not been overly active on behalf of the president's re-election this year, citing his primary responsibility to the people of New York State and concerns about stoking 2016 speculation, though the governor has voiced support for the president's cause and appeared intermittently at local fund-raisers

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He noted in his answer this afternoon that the president had also been forced to cancel his own campaign plans to visit the region and attend to the storm.

"I'm sure the president understands," Cuomo said.

Cuomo was joined at the press conference by a regional representative for Home Depot, which announced a $1 million donation to the storm recovery efforts, with Cuomo calling on the private sector to do more to help with the recovery efforts.

"We need, we appreciate, we request corporate America come forward and be helpful," said the governor.

UPDATE: This story initially quoted Cuomo as saying "the people of my state," instead of "my people."