The one thing made crystal clear in the days since Hurricane Sandy hit is now is the time to rebuild New York City’s infrastructure. As a candidate for New York City Council (19th CD) in 2013, I feel this issue must be put front and center.
The images of flooded subway tunnels, downed power lines, major hospitals being evacuated and destruction of homes are overwhelming. We must all come together and develop a comprehensive plan to rebuild our great city. Whether it’s building storm doors for our tunnels, metal gates that will seal entrances to subway stations, creating levees, or moving all power lines underground, all options must be put on the table.
With a 9.3 percent unemployment rate in October 2012, rebuilding our aging and outdated infrastructure is the perfect way to put New Yorkers back to work. Historically, every time the United States economically struggled we built infrastructure like the Erie Canal & Transcontinental Railroad in the 1800s, or the Interstate Highway System in the 1950s. These projects helped our economy recover. I am confident rebuilding the city’s infrastructure will secure and protect our city and do the same for today’s economy. Yes, the cost will be high and these projects will take a long time. We must find a way to move these projects forward. Our future depends on it. When elected to the New York City Council next year, I will be a strong advocate in the City Council for these projects. I know that together we will make a difference!