Obama visits recovering New York, aid level TBD

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President Barack Obama will make his first trip to storm-damaged parts of New York City, accompanied by Governor Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

The city has gotten power restored in public housing, and Cuomo has launched an investigation into the utility companies he's been criticizing and which, to a large extent, he's responsible for overseeing.

The question now is how much money New York can get from Washington to cover the expense of rebuilding. For that, New York officials, and Obama, will have to deal with Congress, which may have an issue with the level of spending they have in mind. 

When asked whether he would travel to Washington to lobby lawmakers, Cuomo suggested it would only lead to distracting stories about his political future.

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