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Hurricane Sandy: What Now?

Posted by Infra Steve on Monday, November 5th, 2012

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“Hurricane Sandy is an urgent reminder that strengthening our infrastructure is a critical need that should not be subjected to politics of any kind.”
-Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA)

“We have to find ways to build [New York City] back stronger and better than ever before to make sure that if there is still another situation like this, another weather pattern like this, we’re more prepared and more protected than we have been thus far.”
-NY Governor Andrew Cuomo

“Hopefully, [Hurricane Sandy] will spur some action, not necessarily just in terms of huge federal outlays, but in deciding what the infrastructure needs are for a 21st century economy, and what is needed to withstand the kinds of storms we’re seeing.”
-Robert Puentes, Director, Brookings Institute’s Infrastructure Initiative

“Three of the top 10 highest floods at the Battery since 1900 happened in the last two and a half years. If that’s not a wake-up call to take this seriously, I don’t know what is.”
-Ben Strauss, Director, Climate Central’s Sea Level Rise Program 


Federal, state and local governments are already working together to bring relief to the hardest hit areas, and to begin rebuilding what has been lost:

Video: NY Governor Andrew Cuomo Announces Distribution of Recovery Supplies

7,000 Members of the National Guard Speed up Recovery

Federal DOT Allocates $29 million in Emergency Recovery Funds for NC, NY, RI, CT and NJ

U.S. Coast Guard Prioritizes Full Restoration of Port of NY/ NJ

U.S. Department of Labor Releases National Emergency Grants for Communities in New York and New Jersey – $28 Million and $ Million, Respectively

Governor Cuomo visits National Guard food distribution site at the 69th Regiment Armory

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