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NYLCV: Mayor’s storm response falls short

City Hall: Resiliency plans coming soon

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Posted: Thursday, April 24, 2014 10:30 am

The New York League of Conservation Voters is among those underwhelmed by Mayor de Blasio’s plans to restructure the city’s response to Hurricane Sandy.

The mayor announced a series of proposals last Thursday in Staten Island focused on restructuring the troubled Build it Back program and offered other ideas and proposals aimed at helping homeowners and business owners recover from the storm.

The NYLCV is calling on the mayor to deliver further on plans to protect the city and its residents from future storms.

“We applaud Mayor de Blasio for continuing the work of the Special Initiative for Rebuilding and Resiliency in the new administration, but when it comes to preparing for future extreme weather events, today’s report is too short on detail,” said Marcia Bystryn, president of the New York League of Conservation Voters, in a statement.

“The creation of the Office of Recovery and Resiliency and the appointment of experienced staff are important steps forward, but it is unclear what resources the city will devote to their work. Perhaps the biggest question is whether de Blasio will be as committed to preparing for the future as he is to fixing the problems of the past. We look forward to working with the administration to make sure New York is ready for the next big storm, and for the long-term consequences of our changing climate too.”

In a statement, City Hall spokeswoman Amy Spitalnick said the mayor will outline resiliency efforts in the near future.

“This report marked a dramatic overhaul of our post-Sandy recovery efforts and outlined our plan to make sure we’re rebuilding a stronger and more resilient NYC,” she said. “As we’ve previously announced, our comprehensive PlaNYC progress report — including detailed updates on each specific initiative — will be released this spring.”

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