Authorities in New York and New Jersey estimate the cost of recovering from the damage wrought by Superstorm Sandy and of measures to minimize the impact of future weather events at $71.3 billion.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo cited a figure of $41.9 billion after meeting with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and officials from Nassau, Suffolk and Westchester counties.

The devastation caused by Sandy is "of unprecedented proportions," the New York governor said.

Meanwhile, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said that the damaged caused by the storm in his state amounts to at least $29.4 billion, although he warned that that figure could go higher because authorities continue evaluating Sandy's impact.

The state of New York is seeking $32.8 billion for repairing the damage, as well as $9.1 billion to limit the damage from future storms.

Cuomo said the economic losses from Sandy exceed those caused in 2005 by Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans.

Meanwhile, Bloomberg said that federal aid is necessary.

In addition, he announced the launching of the NYC Rapid Repairs program so that property owners and landlords of affected residential buildings may repair the damage and provide electricity, heat and hot water to tenants.

The mayor said that landlords have a "legal obligation" to provide their tenants with essential services. EFE