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Cuomo on House inaction on Sandy aid: A disgrace

ALBANY — Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the House of Representatives’ failure to vote on an aid package for damage from Superstorm Sandy is a disgrace, a dereliction of duty and an unprecedented failure.

The Democrat said Wednesday he’s been told to expect the vote within a month. The Republican leadership of the House had assured a vote would be taken by Tuesday night.

Cuomo was asked if he’s less optimistic now about getting the money. He says he’s getting the same assurances now that House leaders went into recess Tuesday.

Cuomo also praised Republican congressmen from New York for their efforts, singling out Rep. Peter King of Long Island.

King called the postponement a knife to the back of New Yorkers.

The Senate has already passed a $60.4 billion aid package.