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Obama tours N.Y., vows to help region rebuild from storm

NEW YORK — President Obama got his first look Thursday at the devastation that Hurricane Sandy waged on New York City, with a helicopter tour above flood-ravaged and burned-out sections of Queens and Staten Island and meetings with victims and emergency workers.

Obama said that he was assigning Shaun Donovan, the secretary of Housing and ­Urban Development, to oversee the area’s long-term recovery from Hurricane Sandy.

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