Nov. 17: A sign in a Staten Island storefront tells a lot. It was still closed because of the damage done by Superstorm Sandy in late October. Mario Tama/Getty Images hide caption

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo meets Nov. 10 with residents of the Far Rockaways section of Queens, which was hit hard by Hurricane Sandy. Cuomo is seeking $30 billion in federal assistance to help rebuild his state at a time when Congress is already consumed with reducing the deficit. John Minchillo/AP hide caption

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A plea to the Long Island Power Authority for electricity to be restored is posted on a barrier in Mastic Beach, N.Y. on Oct. 31, 2012. The south shore Long Island community was among the hardest hit by the storm that pounded the Northeast. Frank Eltman/AP hide caption

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After Superstorm Sandy, the Food Bank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties in Neptune, N.J., is filled with water bottles, canned food and other goods. But these supplies are going out almost as fast as they come in. Amy Walters/NPR hide caption

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A damaged home rests on one side along the beach in the Belle Harbor section of Queens, N.Y., on Nov. 5 in the wake of Superstorm Sandy. Craig Ruttle/AP hide caption

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One way to avoid the odd-even rationing rule is to line up with a gas can and no car, as these people were doing last week in Matawan, N.J. Michael Loccisano/Getty Images hide caption

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Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney pauses while speaking at a campaign rally at the Patriot Center at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., on Monday. Charles Dharapak/AP hide caption

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Long Beach, N.Y.: Volunteers unloaded water at an aid distribution center on Sunday. John Moore/Getty Images hide caption

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A chapel icon that once adorned the front of a beachfront home is one of the few items to have survived what is now known as the Breezy Point fire in Queens. Dina Temple-Raston/NPR hide caption

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Gas customers on foot with portable containers and lines of vehicles wait for gas pumps to open at a service station on Saturday in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Mayor Michael Bloomberg said that resolving gas shortages could take days. Bebeto Matthews/AP hide caption

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Parts of New York were also suffering fuel shortages, including Staten Island, where there were long lines for gas Friday. John Moore/Getty Images hide caption

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