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President Obama’s Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force report was released yesterday with 69 recommendations that focus on planning for future storms. It calls for development of a more advanced electrical grid and the creation of better planning tools and standards for storm-damaged communities. Making wireless communications networks more resilient in extreme weather emergencies was another recommendation. City projects, like the Blueway Plan to make the East River more accessible, are already incorporating resiliency efforts into their plans.
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A federal task force created by President Obama following Hurricane Sandy is expected to unveil its recommendations today for how to rebuild critical infrastructure damaged by the storm consistent with the need to prepare for future storms. Mayor Michael Bloomberg is joining Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan at a news conference to unveil the recommendations this morning. During his weekly radio address yesterday, Bloomberg spoke about how the city is working to make the waterfront "stronger and more resilient" — from sand replenishment in the Rockaways to the creation of an institute to study urban ecosystems in an era of climate change. For more coverage throughout the day, go to AdaptNY: Your Voice In New York's Climate Change adaptation debate.
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Kelly Takes National Stage To Defend Police Stops (NY Post)
City To Cut Fines For Restaurants (Wall Street Journal)
Ask any Bronx politician and they will tell you the health of their constituents is at the very top of their list of issues that need to be addressed. The statistics are dire: The Bronx has led city rates for obesity, diabetes and asthma for years.
A new study by the city's Department of Health and Mental Hygiene found that the Bronx's 10457 zipcode has the highest number of people with two sexually transmitted diseases in the city.
It is reports like that that motivated Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz and Sen. Gustavo Rivera to team up to create The Bronx Change Attitudes Now Health Initiative focused on getting residents exercising, eating right, and participating in free health screenings.
The intiative was started in July 2011 in response to a report by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation that found the Bronx to be the unhealthiest county in New York State. The same study found that the Bronx is still the unhealthiest county in the state this year.
This year the kickoff event for will be held at Crotona Park from 12 to 4 p.m. tomorrow. The event will now features STD testing along with other health testing, exercise classes, martial arts demonstrations and face painting for the kids.
Quinn and De Blasio Neck and Neck
Public Advocate Bill de Blasio's momentum continues to build in the race for New York City mayor according to a new Wall Street Journal-NBC 4-Marist survey. De Blasio is now in a tie with Council Speaker Christine Quinn at 24 percent according to the poll that shows de Blasio has jumped 7 percentage points with likely voters since last month. The poll puts Bill Thompson in third with 18 percent followed by Anthony Weiner and John Liu. The poll indicates that a Democratic runoff is very likely. If no candidate reaches 40 percent in the primary a runoff is triggered. The poll shows that de Blasio who is married to a black woman and features his black son in a recent television spot has won the support of many black voters since last month.
Bill Lynch Remembered By Those He Mentored (NY Times)
Cuomo's Developer Donations
The New York Daily News reported today that Gov. Andrew Cuomo received $76,000 in donations from real estate developers just weeks before signing legislation that gave tax breaks to their properties. Three partners at Fisher Brothers donated $25,000 each to Cuomo on Dec. 27 of last year. Cuomo signed legislation giving tax breaks to their properties at New York Curb Exchange and 86 Trinity Place on Jan. 30. The Daily News reported last week that Extell Development Co. gave Cuomo $100,000 a few days before he signed the bill that gives creates $35 million in tax breaks on their One57 luxury apartment tower. The Moreland Commission that Cuomo created to investigate corruption has subpoenaed the five companies that received tax breaks from the bill. Cuomo administration officials say that the bill was supported by the city and wasn't their focus. The News writes however that legislators claims they don't know who inserted the tax breaks for the five subpoenaed companies.
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