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FEMA director credits New Orleans mayor in Sandy response

FEMA administrator Craig Fugate meets with New Orleans city officials-WVUE FOX 8 Photo FEMA administrator Craig Fugate meets with New Orleans city officials-WVUE FOX 8 Photo

New Orleans, La- FEMA director Craig Fugate promises the commitment to Louisiana's Hurricane Katrina recovery has not been affected by the focus on recovery in the northeast from Hurricane Sandy.

Visiting New Orleans Tuesday, Fugate pointed out that in some ways the Sandy recovery is benefitting from lessons learned after Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans.

He says that started even before Sandy made landfall with advice from New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu.

He points out that part of Landrieu's role with the council of mayors is to reach out to local officials confronted by an approaching hurricane for the first time.

Fugate says "the mayor was an early supporter working during the height of Sandy with local officials. He was on conference calls with them. He's been up there personally."

Fugate says FEMA remains committed to Katrina recovery.

Mayor Landrieu says the city has had more than 370 meetings with FEMA as it continues to negotiate for recovery dollars and projects.

The city's assistance to victims of Hurricane Sandy will continue. Mayor Landrieu says in the coming weeks a delegation of musicians and others from New Orleans will be heading north to help gut and rebuild damaged homes.

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