- The Washington Times - Friday, October 12, 2001

New York Gov. George E. Pataki yesterday lobbied Congress and the White House for more federal aid, saying the state's price tag for the terrorist attacks is $54 billion and counting.
"We're confident that America recognizes New York's recovery is America's recovery," Mr. Pataki said after meeting with House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert, Illinois Republican.
Congress approved $40 billion in emergency aid immediately after the disasters at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. About $20 billion from that package was designated for New York City.
But Mr. Pataki and members of New York's congressional delegation said yesterday the state will need at least $34 billion more to recover from the attacks that left more than 5,000 dead and dealt a staggering blow to the city and state economy.
New York has stiff competition for federal bailout money. President Bush has proposed a package of $60 billion to $75 billion to stimulate the national economy through tax cuts, and lawmakers expect to spend several billion to help airline employees who lost their jobs after the attacks.
Hastert spokesman John Feehery would say only that Mr. Hastert has "agreed to look at" Mr. Pataki's request.
Many conservatives in Congress are expressing concern that there is no end in sight to spending aimed at recovering from the terrorist attacks. And New York's politicians said they may well come back to Congress for more.
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, New York Democrat, said the $54 billion constitutes "our initial requests for what New York needs."
New York Democratic Sen. Charles E. Schumer said he and Mrs. Clinton assured White House Budget Director Mitchell E. Daniels Jr. that each claim is "not inflated in any way."
"We agree [the federal government] is not a bottomless pit," Mr. Schumer said. "But … this has been the most dramatic, devastating act to happen to any part of America ever. And that doesn't just require an ordinary response. It requires an extraordinary response."
Mr. Schumer acknowledged that obtaining $34 billion more from Congress would be "a heavy lift."
Mr. Pataki divided his request into $34 billion for rescue, recovery and rebuilding, and $20 billion for economic recovery and "revitalization."
His request includes:
$12 billion in unrestricted aid for the city and state to maintain public services.
$10.6 billion for renovation and rebuilding of the World Trade Center complex.
$5 billion for city emergency costs, such as demolition and debris removal.
$5 billion for "emergency protective measures" in the city.
$3 billion to support families and displaced workers.
$1.7 billion to repair damaged subway stations and tunnels.
$1.3 billion for added security at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
$900 million for utility costs, such as repairing substations.
$378 million for New York City victim assistance.
$250 million for city road, sewer and water-main reconstruction.
$245 million for lost tolls and fares for the metropolitan transportation authority.
Rep. Benjamin A. Gilman, New York Republican, said the city has lost more than 20 million square feet of office space. Mr. Pataki said about 9,000 small businesses in the city have had no income whatsoever since the Sept. 11 attacks.

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