WOODBURY - The Senate today began debating how much federal aid will go toward Sandy recovery efforts.

The Sandy aid package passed in the Senate, but not in the House. Republicans and Democrats have been unable to compromise on how much federal money should be put toward the recovery effort.

Long Islanders devastated by Sandy are depending on a $60 billion federal aid package, but House Republicans are against spending that kind of money, especially as the fiscal cliff looms.

Homeowners ravaged by the storm say politics should be put aside because they need the money now.