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“But many more steps are needed as state, private, voluntary and federal partners continue to put those in need on the way to recovery,” Mr. DeBlasio said.

Mr. Perry, meanwhile, also has criticized the federal government’s regulation of carbon emissions and the Wall Street bailout. It’s an effort, some Texas political insiders say, to raise his profile when he makes his third bid for office in 2010.

“The governor is going to continue to help the residents bounce back. We can’t sit around and wait for this to happen,” Ms. Cesinger said.