Paterson Seeks Federal Aid for NYC Tornado Damage

Saturday, Oct 2, 2010  |  Updated 9:45 AM EDT
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PHOTOS: Tornadoes Batter the Region

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NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 16: A tree lies fallen on an SUV on 11th Street between 5th and 4th Avenues on September 16, 2010 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. A fierce storm, and possible tornado, that swept through Staten Island, Brooklyn, and Queens is to blame for the damage. (Photo by Michael Nagle/Getty Images)

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Gov. David Paterson has asked President Barack Obama to issue a major disaster declaration for New York City and provide federal funding to help pay for tornado damage.

Paterson on Friday says he's seeking Federal Emergency Management Agency assistance in all five boroughs for the costs of response, debris removal and repairs to public property.

He also wants relief such as rental assistance, low-interest loans and disaster housing for individual homeowners, renters and businesses in Brooklyn, Queens and Staten island.

On Sept. 16, two destructive tornadoes and a fierce macroburst barreled across a large swath of Brooklyn and Queens, killing one woman and causing extensive property damage.

Congressman Anthony Weiner, who represents hard-hit Queens and Brooklyn, says it's a step in the right direction but residents know help can't come quick enough.

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