The Latest: 5 years since Sandy, officials tout resilience

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the fifth anniversary of Superstorm Sandy (all times local):

1:05 p.m.

Elected officials are marking the fifth anniversary of Superstorm Sandy by talking about the recovery that’s been made and pledging to do more.

In New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio was in the waterfront Rockaways neighborhood on Sunday. The Democratic mayor recalled the aftermath of the storm, including fires in some areas, widespread blackouts and homes destroyed by pieces of the boardwalk flung around by heavy winds.

De Blasio announced a $145 million investment for projects to help protect the area withstand future flooding and storms.

On Long Island, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and fellow Democrat U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer spoke about the anniversary at an event announcing funding for a project to improve water quality near a sewage treatment plant.

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10:31 a.m.

It’s been five years since Superstorm Sandy devastated the nation’s most populous area.

As survivors, elected officials and others gather in communities across New York and New Jersey to review the recovery and discuss what still needs to be done, another strong storm system is expected to hit the region. Officials predict it will bring heavy rain and strong, gusty winds Sunday.

Sandy was blamed for at least 182 deaths in the U.S. and Caribbean and more than $71 billion in damage in this country alone.

Rallies will be held by those hoping Sandy fades in the national psyche, especially in light of the recent spate of storms in Texas, Florida and the Caribbean.

Events include rallies by local activists, and press conferences by elected officials.

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