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Can we be Empire State strong?

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Could New Yorkers unite in an outward show of solidarity to help everyone still suffering from Sandy? New York sustained about 35 percent of the total insured losses in Hurricane Sandy’s path, according to Curt Heintzelman, senior account executive of EQECAT, a company that connects insurance and the financial services of its clients.

About 35 percent of the total insured losses for Sandy are expected to come from New York, with early damage reports indicating significant coastal flooding. Of the total losses for Sandy, about 85 percent of the losses are from New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Disaster-modeling firm EQECAT Inc. said the insurance industry is likely to pay out $10 billion to $20 billion, while it said the total cost of the storm would be between $30 billion and $50 billion.

Ide said most of the boom of financial support came in the months following Irene.

Though Sandy has dissolved off the coast, New Yorkers can show an outward wave of support either by passing legislation to allow New York drivers to have a plate put on the front of their cars for two years or find another way to outwardly keep the momentum going to support our neighbors.

Just as Vermonters declared “I am Vermont Strong” with the sale of shirts, posters, license plates and other products, this could be a time for New York to find a similar way to not only help neighbors have a dry and safe home for the winter but to also show other states that New Yorkers are Empire State strong.

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