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NYC making pacy recovery

NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg says the city is working hard to getting back on its feet.

Roads in New York were flooded on 29 October 2012, as a result of tropical storm Sandy. Picture: AFP

NEW YORK - New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg on Wednesday said the city is working 24 hours a day to make sure it gets back on its feet after the epic Superstorm Sandy temporarily shut down the city and cause significant damage.

Bloomberg said the city has two major issues to deal with which include restoring the subway and getting electricity to the over 600,000 people without it.

Bloomberg rang the opening bell of the New York Stock Exchange after it had been closed for two days following Superstorm Sandy.

There is still much work to be done according to New York Governor Andre Cuomo.

"This is a long term recovery and restructuring effort and that's the way we need to think about it."

OBAMA VISITS NEW JERSEY

US President Barack Obama has affirmed his commitment to the areas worst hit by Sandy, saying they will be rebuilt to be even stronger than before.

The president toured New Jersey Governor Chris Christie with where the eye of Sandy made landfall.

Obama conveyed his condolences an said, "Our heart goes out to all those that have lost loved ones."

Christie praised the president's efforts.

"It's been a great working relationship to make sure we doing the job people elected us to do."

Obama said they were working on a recovery plan.

"We go through tough times, but we bounce back because we look out for one another."

He said the main concern for the tri-state area is to restore water and electricity.

NEW YORK CITY MARATHON STILL ON

Meanwhile, Bloomberg confirmed the ING New York City Marathon will go ahead as planned this Sunday.

The news comes as Laguardia Aiport and JFK announced its reopening on Thursday.

The airports will help 47,000 runners get to the event.

Bloomberg said many people have come a great distance to run the race and it will help the city financially and boost its morale.

But Staten Island borough president James Molinaro has opposed the decision saying they were in need of more help.

"What we have here is terrible, a disaster. If they want to race, let them race with themselves. This is no time for a parade. A marathon is a parade."

Organisers are continuing to assess the route to determine any necessary changes to be made.

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