Cabinet Secretary Chosen to Oversee Federal Response to Hurricane Sandy Is a New York Native

WASINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 31: U.S. President Barack Obama (L) speaks as Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano (2nd L), U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta (2nd R) and Housing and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan.listen at FEMA headquarters abolut cleanup efforts in the wake of Hurricane Sandy Oct.ober 31, 2012 in in Washington, DC. Obama will be touring parts of storm ravavaged New Jersey later in the day. (Photo by Martin H. Simon-Pool/Getty Images) Photo: Pool/2012 Getty Images

"The President said he needed me to do this and that he felt that I was the right person for the job. He understands that this was personal to me. There was no way I could say no. […] I have deep roots in the region. This is home." — Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan (the guy sitting behind Leon Panetta) speaking to the New York Daily News about the task of funneling federal relief aid to areas ravaged by Hurricane Sandy, including his hometown of New York City, where he recently attended the funeral of a colleague's daughter killed by the storm.