President Obama appointed the director of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Shaun Donovan, to lead the government's efforts to help states in the wake of Hurricane Sandy's havoc, reported the Los Angeles Times.

"We are going to be here until the rebuilding is complete," Obama said during the announcement, which came after he surveyed some of the damage in New York with Gov. Andrew Cuomo, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and U.S. Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand.

Donovan will be in charge of recovery plans for states hit by the storm and direct federal assistance.

The storm is expected to cost about $50 billion. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he expects the federal government to provide the estimated $33 billion in damages and losses suffered in the state.

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