Obama on Staten Island: “We are going to be here until we rebuild it”

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President Obama tours Staten Island communities devastated by Hurricane Sandy.

NEW YORK (PIX11) — President Barack Obama is in New York Thursday to review ongoing recovery efforts in wake of destruction left by Superstorm Sandy.

The President met with affected families and local officials on Staten Island, Queens and coastal communities ravaged by the storm.  [PHOTOS] Fake Hurricane Sandy Photos That Went Viral Online

 “We are going to be here until the rebuilding is complete,” Obama proclaimed, assuring residents he will fulfill the promise he made to bring much needed aid to the area left in shambles by Sandy.

Mr. Obama hugged and consoled many of the people who lost their homes and are in the grueling process of rebuilding their lives.

The President met with affected families and local officials on Staten Island, Queens and coastal communities ravaged by the storm.

“We’re reminded that we are bound together and we have to look out for each other,” he said from a block in Staten Island that was devastated by the storm. “The petty differences melt away.”

Obama’s visit comes on the heels of New York state’s announcement that damages caused by the storm could total an estimated $33 billion.

Soon after Sandy struck, Obama visited affected communities in New Jersey where he was given a tour of ravaged coastal areas by Governor Chris Christie.

As many as 100 people were killed when the storm struck last week, officials said. Power outages throughout Long Island and parts of New Jersey remain a problem more than 10 days after Sandy hit.