Mayor Michael Bloomberg said yesterday that the city would rethink evacuation zones, electrical infrastructure, telecommunications networks, hospitals and transportations systems after Superstorm Sandy caused billions of dollars in damage, paralyzed communities and killed dozens of people.
But Bloomberg said that his administration would not abandon the waterfront and dismissed the possibility of building sea walls to hold back the ocean. Instead, he said the city would look at "coastline protections" such as berms, dunes, jetties and levies.
"No matter how much we do to make homes and businesses more resilient, the fact of the matter is we live next to the ocean, and the ocean comes with risks that we just cannot eliminate," the mayor said.
Bloomberg outlined the post-Sandy plan, his first major address since the storm, at a Lower Manhattan event, where former Vice President Al Gore also made an appearance and praised the mayor's previous efforts to respond to the effects of climate change.
In the Press...
State Senate Power-Sharing Agreement Criticized For Lack of Diversity (NY Times)
New York Civil Liberties Union Files Lawsuit Challenging Solitary Confinement (Albany Times Union)
NY's Transportation Infrastructure Suffered $7.5B In Damage Because Of Storm: Senator (Associated Press)
UFT president to help all 4 seeking Democratic mayoral nomination (Gotham Schools)
Small Historical Society Tries To Recover From Sandy (MetroFocus)
NY Comptroller Warns Fiscal Cliff Could Cost NY $43B (Crain's)
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