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

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"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.