SHARECOMMENTMORE

ALBANY, N.Y.-- New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants the ability to shutter subways, tunnels and airports from floodwaters and wants hospital backup power sources placed on higher ground as part of a $9 billion plan to protect New York City from the next superstorm.

The Democrat is forcing the issue into the traditional discussion that's usually focused on basic recovery after a disaster. He said Tuesday the government must take preventive measures to avoid future loss of life and billions of dollars more in damage.

Cuomo says the cost of recovery from economic loss and damage in the state after Superstorm Sandy struck last month is $32.8 billion.

He says another $9.08 billion is needed for preventive measures. Republican Congressman Peter King says hurdles in Washington include the coming fiscal cliff Congress and President Barack Obama hope to avoid.