In just two years, New Yorkers have witnessed firsthand the destructive force of three powerful storms that have crippled the state: Irene, Lee and most recently Sandy. Each has taken an immeasurable toll on communities. Precious lives have been lost, and homes and businesses destroyed. Extreme weather is the new normal. The Governor outlined a series of proposals for the state to fortify and upgrade the systems that can paralyze us when they fail during an emergency.
New York Housing Conference CEO, Judy Calogero:
"The new funding couldn't come soon enough with federal disaster aid stalled in Washington and some 305,000 homes and apartments destroyed or damaged by Sandy's fury."
AARP New York State Director Beth Finkel:
"AARP fully agrees with the Governor and the Moreland Act Commission's call for better oversight and performance of our utility industry to protect ratepayers."
Environmental Advocates of New York, Rob Moore, Executive Director
“In his State of the State address, the governor committed to lowering emissions of climate-altering pollution from power plants. Governor Cuomo was right when he said ‘we need to act, not simply react.’”
Harden our Infrastructure: The Governor outlined a series of proposals designed to harden New York's infrastructure to better withstand future major storms.
Toward a More Resilient New York Harbor
Harden the Subway System
Harden our Fuel Delivery System
Harden our Utilities
Strengthen Wastewater Infrastructure
Redesign Our Power System: The electrical power grid and the structures that control it must undergo a fundamental redesign that improves performances and protects ratepayers.
Strengthen Public Service Commission's Regulatory and
Abolish the Long Island Power Authority
Ensure that Healthcare Facilities are Resilient: The Governor proposed to update the Department of Health's review of applications for new and substantial expansion of hospitals and nursing homes to consider location and infrastructure vulnerabilities. Under the proposal, healthcare facility applicants would be required to address the risks associated with being in a vulnerable location.
Improve the Resilience of Our Buildings: The Governor proposed updating the State Building Code to promote smarter, resilient building performance, as well as increased survivability. These changes would impact new construction and major renovations to existing construction, and would take into account the impact on different geographies and building types and consider factors such as effectiveness for protecting health and safety, as well as cost.
Provide Assistance to Property Owners to Mitigate or Sell Properties in Vulnerable Areas: The Governor announced that the state will use various strategies to assist home and business owners whose properties were damaged in Hurricane Sandy to mitigate for the future or, if they choose to do so, to sell their properties and relocate.
Recreate NY-Smart Home
Recreate NY-Home Buyout