Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-Rockland/Westchester), ranking Democrat on the Appropriations Committee, has expressed relief over Tuesday's passage of emergency disaster relief by the House for families, businesses, and communities affected by Superstorm Sandy.
The $50 billion disaster relief package passed by a vote of 241 to 180, and now goes to the Senate.
"Seventy-nine days after Superstorm Sandy devastated families, businesses and communities, Congress’s action today finally puts us a step closer to recovery," Lowey said.
"Sandy took the lives of 110 Americans, transportation networks and coastal areas in New York and New Jersey were devastated, 650,000 homes were damaged beyond repair, and 8.1 million homes lost power, many for weeks," she added.
In the Lower Hudson Valley alone, four deaths were reported as a result of Sandy. For a photo gallery of Sandy's devestation, click here.