President Barack Obama signed a $50.5 billion emergency relief bill last month for Hurricane Sandy victims affected by the Oct. 29 storm blamed for more than 130 deaths in the U.S. and widespread property damage. Three months later, communities hardest hit, especially in New York and New Jersey, are gradually rebuilding their homes, businesses and livelihoods with the help of state and local government. But, it can't stop there with many still left to cope with massive loss and bureaucratic red tape.
Much of the talk after Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's State of the State address Wednesday focused on his plans to "enact the toughest assault weapon ban in the nation, period."
If you listened closely, however, it wasn't his talk about guns in the wake of the Newtown, Conn., tragedy that those in the audience were most interested in. Instead, the greatest applause was reserved for his announcement heralding a Women's Equality Act.