The chairman of New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority on Thursday implored the federal government to help his and other transit systems rebuild from Hurricane Sandy's devastation.

"Clearly this is much more than a New York issue or a national issue. It's a national need, and we're going to need help from the federal government to rebuild the MTA," Joseph Lhota said in Washington before the U.S. Senate's subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety and Security.

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