Governor Cuomo pays respects to those affected by Sandy after storm's two-year annGetty Images

Days after the two-year anniversary of the treacherous Hurricane Sandy, Governor Cuomo announced a moment of silence to be held on Wednesday at 8 p.m. in memory "of those who were lost as well as the countless others whose lives were disrupted."


"All across the state, homes and businesses were destroyed by Superstorm Sandy, and 61 people lost their lives," Cuomo said in a statement. "As we mark the second anniversary of this horrific storm, let us pause to remember those who were lost, as well as the countless others who were impacted by Sandy.”


Cuomo also directed that flags on state government buildings be flown at half-staff throughout the day. Mayor Bill de Blasio recently announced plans to revamp former Mayor Bloomberg's Build It Back Program, expediting the reconstruction of homes and transportation systems affected by Sandy.