December 3, 2012 – It was an unusual role for a politician who is accustomed to being in complete charge. But there was Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Monday in the position of supplicant. He made the rounds in Washington, asking top administration and Congressional officials for billions of dollars in aid to help New York recover from the devastation of Hurricane Sandy. In the end, though, how much money Washington would provide New York, New Jersey and other states battered by the storm remained up in the air — though there were ample expressions of sympathy and pledges of support.