barack-obama-3_web.jpgWASHINGTON (AP) _ President Barack Obama was traveling to New York City on Thursday to view recovery efforts from the massive Superstorm Sandy.

Obama will meet Thursday with affected families, local officials and first responders who have been dealing with the deadly storm, which slammed into New York, New Jersey and other East Coast states last month, killing more than 100 people and leaving millions without power.


Obama's visit will include an aerial tour of storm damage with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan.


Obama also will visit a Federal Emergency Management Agency disaster recovery center and take a walking tour of a neighborhood affected by the storm.

Obama traveled to New Jersey on Oct. 31 to meet with Gov. Chris Christie and view recovery efforts in coastal communities. The president viewed flattened houses, flooded neighborhoods, sand-strewn streets and a still-burning fire along the state's battered coastline.

Obama pledged to those affected by the storm that “we are here for you, and we will not forget.''


Thousands of people in the New York region remained without power Thursday, especially in New York City's low-income public housing complexes, where some elderly and infirm people find it hard or impossible to leave their homes.