Rally held ahead of Senate vote on $50.5B in Sandy aid

Sen. Chuck Schumer is calling on his colleagues in the Senate to pass the bill quickly. (1/28/13)

WASHINGTON - Thousands of Long Islanders struggling to recover from Sandy could be a step closer to getting the relief they need.

The Senate is expected to vote on the long-delayed $50.5 billion Sandy aid package this evening.

Sen. Charles Schumer hosted a rally today with Island Park residents in support of the vote today. Officials say 60 percent of the businesses in Island Park are still closed due to Sandy.

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If approved, Schumer says $5.45 billion from the aid package will be put toward rebuilding the coastlines and waterways.

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