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Sandy sparks belief in climate change

A new poll finds that, in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, more than two thirds of New Yorkers say they now believe in climate change.

Siena College poll spokesman Steve Greenberg says the new poll finds 69 percent of voters from every part of the state think the severe storms, including Sandy and Irene over the past two years, are because of global climate change.

“Overwhelmingly, New Yorkers say global climate change,” said Greenberg. “Only 24 percent think that these are random, isolated weather patterns."

The poll also finds that Governor Andrew Cuomo gets high marks for his handling of the aftermath of Sandy, with 67 percent saying he did a good to excellent job.  New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg did not fare quite as well, with 55 percent thinking he responded well to Sandy.

The ratings for the performance of public utilities was much lower with only20 percent believing the Long Island Power Authority did a good job restoring electricity after the storm.

Karen DeWitt is Capitol Bureau Chief for New York State Public Radio, a network of 10 public radio stations in New York State. She has covered state government and politics for the network since 1990.