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Governor: 'A dangerous area on the track just by design'

The Governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, has told CNN that the site where the North-West train derailed was "a dangerous area on the track just by design".

The trains are going about 70 miles per hour coming down the straight part of the track. They slow to about 30 miles per hour to make that sharp curve ... where the Hudson River meets the Harlem River and that is a difficult area of the track.

– Andrew Cuomo, Governor of New York

New York Governor: 'First responders are true heroes'

The New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has paid tribute to the two firefighters killed and two wounded by a gunman who apparently lured them into a trap:

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Gov: NY's first responders are true heroes as they time and again selflessly rush toward danger to keep our families safe #Webster

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Gov: First responders were injured and 2 were taken from us as they once again answered the call of duty. #Webster

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Gov: We as the community of #NY mourn their loss as now 2 more families must spend the holidays without their loved ones #Webster

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Governor Cuomo: Hurricane Sandy cost New York $33 billion

The New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has said that Hurricane Sandy has cost the state $33 billion (£20.7 bn) in damage and economic loss.

Speaking in a televised update, he instructed residents to photograph and get rid of damaged goods instead of keeping them as evidence for insurance companies.

He said there was a risk that excess debris in the streets could become "additional projectiles" in high winds.

New York governor to give update on hurricane recovery

The New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is about to give an update on the Hurricane Sandy recovery effort and on the storm that is currently battering the state.

Watch a live feed of his briefing here.

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At 12:30PM, Gov will update NYers on #Sandy recovery efforts & make announcement | Watch LIVE: http://t.co/DboGaFgd

Food drops for Sandy's hardest hit in New York

New York Army National Guard Soldiers load meals for emergency food distribution in Brooklyn, New York.
New York Army National Guard Soldiers load meals for emergency food distribution in Brooklyn, New York. Credit: Reuters

The US National Guard are distributing free food and water in New York today as part of a "million meal" aid initiative launched by Andrew Cuomo, the city's Governor.

People look for salvageable food discarded from a flooded store in Coney Island, New York, on Friday.
People look for salvageable food discarded from a flooded store in Coney Island, New York, on Friday. Credit: Reuters

Working with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the National Guards have been tasked with delivering one million meals and bottled water to people in the areas most affected by the disaster.

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