Mayor Adams urges federal government for funding assistance in Sandy recovery projects
New York City officials are urging the federal government to help fund projects that would protect neighborhoods from future storms - 10 years after the impacts of Superstorm Sandy.
The flooding and devastation at Gerritson Beach is just a small portion of the $19 billion in damages and economic loss that hit the city after Sandy. Mayor Eric Adams is asking for the federal government to help fund the over $8 billion still needed for coastal protection projects throughout the boroughs, including the Coney Island Creek Raise shoreline.
The mayor also asked for the passing of the Progressive Design Bill. Currently, state law does not allow a city to work with contractors until the design for that city is complete. Adams says he believes the passing of this bill would streamline the process and allow projects to be finished faster.
In addition to the federal request, Adams announced the start of the Climate Strong Communities program geared toward helping neighborhoods that did not benefit from existing or planned Sandy recovery projects.