ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A panel commissioned by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to bolster preparations for the next superstorm has recommended a state fuel reserve, citizen training, tougher building codes, generators at gas stations, and a depot of emergency provisions.
Cuomo warned cost will be a big obstacle, but he will recommend some ideas in his State of the State address next week.
The panel took less than two months to propose recommendations that were supposed to be explored at least twice a year under a 1978 law. Several old state reports that warned of a superstorm like Sandy were also mostly ignored.
Cuomo said Thursday past governors were hamstrung by cost and their own disbelief about such severe storms.
But he says he's made strides in his two years, which included two previous major storms.
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