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  • Rebuilding Smarter After Hurricane Isaias Devastated New York City’s Utility Infrastructure

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    Repairing vital infrastructure (photo: Michael Appleton/Mayor's Office)

    Despite a $3.5 billion investment to protect New York City from a repeat of the Hurricane Sandy disaster, Hurricane Isaias just revealed we remain deeply vulnerable to infrastructure failure. In terms of power outages, Isaias was the second most destructive storm in New York’s history, knocking out power to 267,000 people in New York City and Westchester County. Weeks later, many are still waiting for the lights to come back on. 

    We’re barreling towards another man-made disaster ahead of what