'Sandy Was One Of The Worst Natural Disasters To Hit Our State In Decades'

ALBANY, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – Flags will fly at half-staff on New York State government buildings on Tuesday, the 1-year anniversary of superstorm Sandy, in honor of those who died as a result of the storm.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo also called for a moment of silence to be held at 8 p.m., which is when the massive storm surge is estimated to have roared ashore.

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The deadly storm knocked out power to more than two million people, damaged or destroyed 300,000 homes and severely disrupted mass transit in the region.

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Superstorm Sandy was one of the worst natural disasters to hit our State in decades, causing widespread damage and ultimately taking the lives of 61 people in New York,” Cuomo said in a statement. “As we approach the one-year anniversary of this terrible storm, our thoughts and prayers are with the families and loved ones of those who perished, as well as the countless others whose lives were impacted in the days that followed.”

More than 2,000 members of the National Guard were deployed in New York following the storm to help with the recovery effort.

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